It’s a battle between two of the three Land-Grant colleges not named after the state they are in. If this was a football game we could probably expect a bloodbath, but it is basketball, and that means we have a chance. Clemson was far from impressive in their 53-42 win over Mississippi State last night. Al-Amir Dawes and PJ Hall led them with 10 points each, but they were a dismal 19 of 54 from the field and 5 of 25 from three.
In short, Liberty had a better night.
No wins are automatic and you still have to play. This is a team that was as up and down as Purdue last year, to the point we had the exact same record. They beat Florida State, Duke, and Louisville for three top 10 wins. They also lost to Yale and last place Wake Forest. Purdue’s freshmen in Jaden Ivey, Brandon Newman, and Zach Edey were extremely impressive against the Flames, and Trevion Williams is not going to have as bad of a game as he did against Liberty.
Space Coast Challenge Championship
Opponent: Clemson Tigers
From: Clemson, SC
Location: Melbourne, FL
Venue: Titan Fieldhouse, East Florida State College (Capacity 1,500)
Odds: No Line Yet
Time: 8:30pm ET
TV: CBS Sports Network
Blog Representation: Shakin’ the Southland
2019-20 Record: 16-15, 9-11 ACC
2020-21 Record: 1-0
NCAA Tournament History: 12 appearances, last in 2018. Reached 1980 Elite Eight
Series with Purdue: Clemson leads 3-2
Last Purdue win: 73-61 at Clemson on 11/28/2012
Last Clemson win: 61-58 at Clemson on 11/27/2007
Coach: Brad Brownwell (186-142 in 11th season at Clemson, 353-227 overall)