GameNight: Clemson vs Hofstra

November 14th, 2008
Nov 14 2008 - 9:30pm

 

 

Preview & Prediction: By Raphielle Johnson

The final game in the opening round of the inaugural Charleston Classic will match up a Clemson team looking to make a second consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament and a Hofstra program looking to get back to the twenty-win mark that they’d become accustomed to in recent seasons. Both teams head into the season looking to replace some key departures, with James Mays and Cliff Hammonds both out of eligibility for Clemson and Antoine Agudio no longer in Hempstead. Another question mark for both teams is the point guard position. Is Demontez Stitt ready to take the reigns full-time for the Tigers? Can Greg Johnson increase his scoring to go along with his steady assist numbers?

 

On display will be a pair of shooting guards that will be up for conference honors in their respective leagues in K.C. Rivers and Charles Jenkins, but the difference will most likely come from the complimentary players. Hofstra needs to get more from the likes of Zygis Sestokas and Greg Washington, while Oliver Purnell has a proven option in the form of sharpshooter Terrence Oglesby. Clemson wins a close one, but look for Dane Johnson to play well inside for the Pride against Trevor Booker. 

 

Winner: Clemson        Competition: Pick'em - Close - 10+ - Blow Out

 

Preview & Prediction: By Blake Hofstad

The Pride return 4 of 5 starters, and 8 of their 9 top scorers. Unfortunately, the player they lose is Antoine Agudio, the school’s all-time leading scorer. Agudio scored 23 a game last year. The good news is Hofstra has a slew of seniors who can step into a leadership role while providing steady production, and each offers something different. Dane Johnson is extremely effective in the low post, he will get his chances at a triple double, with blocks and rebounds being his specialty. Darren Townes is the workhorse of the team. These guys are just 2 of 6 seniors Hofstra will rely on. Charles Jenkins is the star of the team, and has CAA Player of the Year in his sights. This game will be interesting for Clemson, who lost their emotional leader, as well as tremendous player James Mays. KC Rivers, Terrence Booker, Demontez Stitt and Terrence Oglesby will now be leaned on to carry this team. Rivers and Booker will clean the glass. Stitt is an excellent slasher while Oglesby is one of the ACC’s best deep threats. Clemson needs to prove they can stay near the top of the ACC. Hofstra can send a statement with a win here. Usually a frontrunner in the CAA, the Pride fell off the pace last year and failed to make the postseason.

The key for Clemson will be to play to their potential, not down to their opponents. The backcourt battle between Rivers, Oglesby and Stitt and Jenkins, Nathaniel Lester and Tony Dennison should be won by the Tigers. This is a talented trio, all with experience in big games. Hofstra will prove to be a test in the frontcourt. Clemson has one star returning there in Booker. The Pride will put forth Johnson, Townes, Greg Washington, Mike Davis-Sabb and Miklos Szabo. Raymond Sykes and David Potter will need to step up for Clemson on the glass. This Hofstra team is a huge improvement from last years, but I don’t see them stealing one from Clemson. I like the Tigers, 73-59.

Winner: Clemson      Competition: Pick'em - Close - 10+ - Blow Out