A pair of ACC teams are looking to pick up their first win of the conference season when Clemson travels to face No. 17 Florida State on Sunday afternoon. The Tigers are 5-3 this year, coming off a pair of losses to Minnesota and Florida State. The Seminoles are off to a 7-2 start, but they lost to Indiana their last time out.
Clemson hoping to break losing streakClemson opened the season with a 67-60 loss to Virginia Tech. The Tigers followed that game up with a five-game winning streak. They picked up victories against Presbyterian, Colgate, Detroit, Alabama A&M and TCU. However, Clemson has lost its last two games to No. 21 Colorado and Minnesota. The Tigers were only 2.5-point underdogs, but lost the road contest to the Golden Gophers by 18 points.
Tough one. Back at it against Florida State next Sunday. pic.twitter.com/RwOnQunXOH— Clemson Basketball (@ClemsonMBB) December 3, 2019
The Tigers are led by senior wing Tevin Mack, who is scoring 13.8 points per game. He is the best 3-point shooter on the team, making 18 of 44 attempts from downtown. Mack is also the second-leading rebounder, grabbing 5.1 boards per game. Junior forward Aamir Simms is scoring 11.8 points per game and is leading Clemson with 8.5 rebounds per contest. Sophomore guard John Newman III is the only other player in double figures, scoring 10.8 points per outing and grabbing 3.4 rebounds per game.
Florida State hoping to bounce backFlorida State opened the season with a two-point loss on the road against Pittsburgh. The Seminoles’ best win of the season came in a road win against then-No. 6 Florida in the second game of the year. That sprung a seven-game winning streak that included wins against Western Carolina, Chattanooga, St. Francis-Pennsylvania, Chicago State, No. 17 Tennessee and Purdue. The Seminoles won the Emerald Coast Classic with a win against Purdue in overtime. Florida State dropped an 80-64 contest against Indiana on Tuesday.
The Seminoles are led by senior guard Trent Forrest, who is scoring 12.4 points per game. Turnovers have been an issue for Forrest, turning the ball over 3.7 times per outing. Sophomore guard Devin Vassell is chipping in 12.2 points per game and 4.3 rebounds per contest. He is the best 3-point shooter on the team, making 11 of 23 attempts from distance. Junior guard M.J. Walker is also averaging double figures, scoring 10.2 points per game. Freshman forward Patrick Williams is adding 9.1 points per game off the bench. He has not started a game for the Seminoles this season.