CLEMSON - Brad Brownell's Clemson teams have always played tough defense.
This year, however, they're on another level on their way to an 8-2 start.
The Tigers lead the nation in points allowed (51.7), surrendering the least in Brownell's four seasons by over seven points a game currently (7.3). They are also tops in defensive field goal percentage (.347), second in defensive points per possession (.820) and fourth in blocks percentage (13.5).
After taking the week off for exams, Clemson posted its best defensive effort yet against Furman last time out, holding the Paladins to 35 points (lowest since 1996 for the Tigers; 28, Wofford).
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