Clemson vs Ohio Preview

Clemson vs Ohio

For the second time in as many games, Clemson will face an opponent it had never faced in program history when it takes on Ohio on Thursday. The Tigers are 6-2 all-time against members of the Mid-American Conference (MAC). Under the direction of head coach Brad Brownell, the Tigers are a combined 61-28 (.685) in the month of November since the beginning of the 2010-11 season. This will mark the third appearance in the Charleston Classic for the Tigers. Clemson won the event in 2008 and reached the tournament final in 2013.

The Ohio Bobcats started their 2016-17 season on a positive note after defeating the Alabama A&M Bulldogs, 61-53 this past Saturday. They used a 9-0 run at the end of the 1st half to take a 32-22 halftime lead and held off a late Bulldogs charge to secure the victory.

Ohio was outstanding on the defensive end as they held Alabama A&M to just 33.9% shooting from the field and 21.1% (4-19) shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Bobcats was Gavin Block who had 12 points, 9 rebounds 5 assists, and 2 steals. Also contributing for the Bobcats was Doug Taylor (6 points, 12 rebounds, 4 blocks, 1 steal) and Teyvion Kirk (16 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal).

Ohio has a solid 20-11 record season, which was impressive after losing 2015-16 MAC Player of the Year, Antonio Campbell, to a career ending injury in January. Ohio does return three starters from last year’s squad in Jordan Dartis (12.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.3 spg), Jason Carter (9.9 ppg, 6.5 rpg), and Gavin Block (7.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg). Also returning for the Bobcats will be Dough Taylor (3.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg) and Mike Laster (5.2 ppg, 1.9 rpg). They are expecting a lot from newcomers Teyvion Kirk and Kevin Mickle and has to be impressed from their performances in their first game.

Prediction

Clemson comes into this season with some question marks on the offensive end after losing two of their best scoring options in Jaron Blossomgame (17.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg) and Avry Holmes (10.3 ppg, 2.4 rpg) and will have to be better in the frontcourt this season after constantly being outrebounded last season. Ohio must still wonder what could have been last season if Antonio Campbell didn’t go down with injury, however, the Bobcats still bring back a lot of experience and have a great shooter in Jordan Dartis. Ohio generally plays well on the defensive end and as I think they’ll give Tigers offense some trouble, I’m banking on the Bobcats doing enough here to cover the (+10) but not outright win the game.

Clemson 72 Ohio 64

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