Clemson University

Men's pregame: Clemson vs. S.C. State

WHO: S.C. State Bulldogs (6-3) at No. 21 Clemson Tigers (11-2)

WHEN: 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson

TV: None

COACHES: S.C. State - Tim Carter (196-189 in 14 seasons, 36-37 in three seasons at S.C. State); Clemson - Oliver Purnell (384-270 in 22 seasons, 128-79 in seven seasons at Clemson)

What to watch:

Trevor Booker appears to be picking up steam with ACC play looming, as Clemson's standout forward has made 17 of his 24 field goals the past four games and is coming off a season-high 31 points against Western Carolina. The Tigers have won five in a row and hold an 8-1 advantage in the series against S.C. State, with the only loss coming in the 1999-2000 season. The Bulldogs lost at Iowa last week, 82-69.

Starting lineups

S.C. STATE

G 5-9 Khalif Toombs 8.1

G 6-1 Carrio Bennett 6.8

G 6-4 Darnell Porter 12.3

G/F 6-4 Jason Flagler 13.0

F 6-7 Rio Pitt 4.6

CLEMSON

PG 6-2 Demontez Stitt 9.9

G 6-5 Tanner Smith 10.9

F 6-6 Noel Johnson 4.8

PF 6-7 Trevor Booker 15.0

C 6-8 Jerai Grant 5.8

Bottom line

The Tigers should breeze through their final tune-up before Sunday night's ACC opener at Duke.

- Paul Strelow

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