Rutgers Challenges Clemson Basketball

GAME SETUP Clemson (4-2) vs. Rutgers (3-3) Date: Monday, Dec. 1 Tipoff: 7 p.m. ET Arena: Littlejohn Coliseum (10,000) Radio: CTSN (Tony Castricone-pbp; Tim Bourret-color) TV: ESPNU (Tom Hart-pbp; Brad Daugherty-color) “¢ Clemson returns to the ACC/Big Ten Challenge after a one-year absence; the Tigers host Rutgers in only the second matchup between the two schools. “¢ The first meeting took place at Rutgers in the 1999 NIT; the Tigers won 78-68 on their way to the championship game. “¢ After a lopsided season opener, the Tigers‘ last five games have been decided by a total of 20 points. SERIES HISTORY CU Series W-L record: Clemson leads 1-0 Streak: Clemson won the only previous meeting QUICK HITS “¢ Clemson owns a healthy 9-5 all-time record in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and is in search of its first win in the event since a road game at Iowa in 2011. The Tigers have played in 14 of the 15 challenges to date, missing last season. “¢ The Tigers have posted home wins over Northwestern (2000), Penn State (2002), Ohio State (2004) and Purdue (2007) in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. “¢ Rod Hall played a career-low one minute against HIgh Point before suffering an ankle injury; he is expected to play Monday. “¢ Donte Grantham has produced double figures in four of his first six games, the first Tiger freshman to do that since Cliff Hammonds in 2004-05. “¢ Jaron Blossomgame has posted double-doubles each of the last two games, both Clemson wins. He had only one all of last season in 33 games. “¢ Blossomgame has four double-figure scoring marks this season, one more than he had all of 2013-14. “¢ Patrick Rooks is coming off his best game as a Tiger — the redshirt freshman scored 11 points off the bench vs. High Point and was 3-of-5 from three.

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