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NC State vs. Clemson, round 2: Pack needs bounce-back effort against Tigers

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How to watch or listen to the game

Tip time: 9 p.m. ET, Tuesday, March 3

TV: RSN -- affiliates (Wes Durham, Dan Bonner)

Online streaming: ESPN3

Radio: Sirius 134, XM 193, Wolfpack Sports Network (affiliates)

Clemson vitals

Record: 16-12 (8-8)
Pomeroy ranking: No. 83
RPI: No. 85
Wins vs. Pomeroy top-100: 6
Best win: LSU (No. 28 in Pomeroy Ratings)
Worst loss: Gardner-Webb (No. 215 in Pomeroy Ratings)

Adjusted tempo: 61.9 poss/40 minutes (ranks 309th)
Adjusted offensive efficiency: 100.6 (ranks 206th)
Adjusted defensive efficiency: 93.7 (ranks 32nd)

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The Clemson offense in ACC games

Clemson Offense -- ACC games only

eFG% (ACC Rank) TO% OR% FT Rate
2014-15 45.0 (14) 18.3 (13) 32.2 (8) 33.9 (9)

When we last saw the Tigers, they were putting together one of the most complete halves of the season, which was good enough to give them a 20-point lead in Raleigh. That's just one of the bizarro results this year that has NC State in its current position.

The Tigers are averaging 0.97 points per possession in ACC play, but they managed 1.06 against NC State while shooting well above 50% from the field. They weren't exceptional in any other factor but shooting, but that was all they needed with the way they were playing defense.

Jordan Roper had a nice afternoon, finishing with 18 points on 5-11 shooting, including a 3-5 effort from beyond the arc. He's eventually gotten over his cold spell from outside and is shooting over 41% from three in ACC games. Rod Hall, meanwhile, has made a total of two three pointers since he made two against NC State.

Clemson remains a poor outside shooting team that can at times lean too heavily on jumpers, but I'll understand if you're feeling skeptical after their 6-12 effort from three at NC State. In any one game, a wide range of things can happen, and that was a fine example.

The Clemson defense in ACC games

Clemson Defense -- ACC games only
eFG% (ACC Rank) TO% OR% FT Rate
2014-15 45.0 (2) 17.0 (6)
31.7 (8) 30.1 (4)

Clemson's existence is one of ugly extremes--while their offense is one of the worst in the league, their defense ranks third, behind UVA and Louisville. The Tigers' interior defense has been tremendous in ACC games, limiting opponents to 42.7% shooting inside the arc. NC State hit only 24.5% of its twos against the Tigers.

We'll have to hope the Pack learned something from that unfortunate first half the last time around. They scored 41 in the second half of that contest--it wasn't enough to save them then, but perhaps it was a sign that they figured a few things out.

The Pomeroy Predictor has Clemson by one.