Tigers try to get back on track against in-state foes

Clemson looks to shake its struggles against in-state opponents by continuing its dominance over Winthrop when the Palmetto State foes meet at Littlejohn Coliseum.

The Tigers have lost two straight and four of six – and three of the losses have come at home against South Carolina rivals (Charleston, Coastal Carolina and South Carolina) – but they are 8-1 all-time against Winthrop.

The Eagles have won four of five since starting the season with five straight defeats. Their only win in the series came at Clemson in 2001. The games had been fairly competitive in recent years, but the Tigers changed that with a 102-66 home rout in their last meeting in 2009.

The Eagles (4-6) began a four-game road swing with a 59-45 win Thursday at Jacksonville. Senior guard Andre Jones scored a game-high 26 points in the win.

Jones leads the team with 19.4 points per game, but the rest of the Eagles have had a tough time putting the ball in the basket. They rank 245th in the nation with a 65.1 scoring average.

The Tigers (4-4) had a week off for final exams following a 63-47 loss at Arizona in which they were unable to recover from their cold-shooting first half. The Tigers rank 20th in the nation in scoring defense (56.4 points) but struggle to score themselves, averaging only 62.2 points.

Clemson’s defense has kept it in most games – its first three losses were by a combined seven points – but that wasn’t the case against Arizona, which limited the Tigers to 16 points in the first half.

TV: 4:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports South

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