Pence's Quick Thoughts
The good news for Clemson is that they'll have Milton Jennings back from a two game suspension. The bad news is that it may not matter when they host #8 Arizona. Clemson will need to do a lot of things right to win this one, although playing the game at home will help. Arizona has been a great offensive team early on ranking 2nd in eFG%, 13th in offensive rebounding %, and 11th in free throw rate. The one black eye is they turn it over on 23% of possessions good for 251st in the nation.
Defensively Arizona is solid across the board and should be able to matchup well with Clemson down low. Clemson's path to winning this game involves a hot start, getting the crowd involved, and rattling a young Arizona team (see Virginia Tech/Oklahoma State). If the Tigers can get off to a good start, they'll at least hang with Arizona.
Hard to not go with the #8 Arizona Wildcats, but I do think Clemson will keep it close for about 30 minutes before Arizona opens it up.
CLEMSON — For programs like Clemson, opportunities like the one Arizona affords Saturday night don’t occur very often.
When the No.8 Wildcats (6-0) visit Littlejohn Coliseum for an 8 p.m. ESPN2-televised game, it’ll mark just the fifth time in program history – and first time since 2000 – that Clemson (5-2) has hosted a top 25 non-conference foe.
For a young Clemson team, it will serve as the end of a two-week gauntlet against quality competition – a chance to see how they’ve progressed over the season’s first month and how far they have to go.
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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - No. 8 Arizona rolled through the opening part of its schedule before facing a bit of adversity this week against Southern Miss.
Now the schedule is about to get tougher: A road game against Clemson on Saturday and No. 6 Florida a week later at the McKale Center.
This bump in competition couldn't have come at a better time for Wildcats coach Sean Miller.
With a team that relies on freshmen at key positions, Miller likes the idea of building up their confidence before throwing them into the ring against heavyweights.
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