Clemson Faces Gonzaga In Thursday's Old Spice Classic

By: Willie Bee | Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Clemson Tigers vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs
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11/22/2012 at 9:00 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: NA
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Television: ESPN2

Clemson Tigers: The first day of the Old Spice Classic in Orlando concludes with the Tigers (2-0 straight-up, 1-0 against the spread) taking on the 'Zags. Coach Brad Brownell begins his third season at Clemson with a search for new guards to run the team after Andre Young and Tanner Smith, last year's top scorers, departed. The Tigers do have experience in the paint, however, with Milton Jennings and Devin Booker back in the fold. Clemson opened with a 77-44 skate past Presbyterian in an unlined affair, then followed up with a 72-55 victory at Furman as 11-point chalk. Sophomore Rod Hall has assumed the duties at point and gives the Tigers solid perimeter defense. Clemson ranks among the early leaders in protecting the basketball with just 14 turnovers combined in the two games so far. The Tigers are also 25th in the nation, hitting 51.3 percent of their shots from the field.

Gonzaga Bulldogs: Coach Mark Few has the Bulldogs (3-0 SU and ATS) off and running with wins and point-spread covers in all three games to begin the 2012-13 campaign. Currently ranked 16th and 17th in the USA Today Coaches and AP polls, respectively, Gonzaga's three victories have been by at least 34 points, including a 34-point rout vs. West Virginia as an 11-point favorite on Nov. 12. The 'Dogs appear to have found a replacement for Robert Sacre's big presence inside as Przemek Karnowski has taken over and leads the team with 16 points per game. Six players are scoring at least 11 points per game, including Kevin Pangos on the point. This is a very talented and deep frontcourt with Elias Harris and Guy Landry Edi joining Karnowski inside, and the Bulldogs will also have 7-footer Kelly Olynyk available for this game after he served a three-game suspension.

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