Clemson meets NC State in ACC tourney
No. 9 seed Clemson (19-12, 9-9) vs. No. 8 seed North Carolina State (21-10, 9-9)
Atlantic Coast Conference Tourney Second Round, Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina; Wednesday, 11 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Clemson is set to match up against North Carolina State in the second round of the ACC tournament. The only meeting between the teams this season came on Jan. 26, when Clemson did not attempt a 3-pointer, while the Wolfpack went 9 for 24 behind the arc en route to a two-point victory.
PLENTY OF EXPERIENCE: Senior leadership has been on display for both of these teams. Torin Dorn, C.J. Bryce and Markell Johnson have combined to account for 44 percent of North Carolina State’s scoring this season. For Clemson, Marcquise Reed, Elijah Thomas, Shelton Mitchell, Aamir Simms and David Skara have combined to account for 83 percent of all Clemson scoring, including 102 percent of the team’s points over its last five games.
MIGHTY MARCQUISE: Reed has connected on 35.8 percent of the 120 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 11 of 25 over his last five games. He’s also converted 84.9 percent of his free throws this season.
UNDEFEATED WHEN: Clemson is a perfect 7-0 when the team blocks at least seven opposing shots. The Tigers are 12-12 this season when they block fewer than seven shots.
ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Tigers have recently converted buckets via assists more often than the Pack. North Carolina State has 35 assists on 75 field goals (46.7 percent) across its past three contests while Clemson has assists on 37 of 70 field goals (52.9 percent) during its past three games.
DID YOU KNOW: The North Carolina State defense has forced opponents into turnovers on an impressive 22.5 percent of all possessions, which is the 26th-highest rate in the country. The Clemson offense has turned the ball over on 20 percent of its possessions (ranked 268th among Division I teams).