Clemson meets No. 25 Iowa in the Emerald Coast Classic

Date: Friday, 11/25
Time: 19.00
Channel: CBS sports network
Location: Raider Arena in the state of Northwest Florida – Niceville, FL

Clemson competes in the Emerald Coast Classic. The tournament takes place across from Destin Bay in Niceville, Florida. Iowa and TCU are the other tent participants. The recent tournament winners had successful seasons behind them. The last three winners include LSU, FSU and Cincinnati. All three received NCAA tournament invitations with a 7 seed or better.

The Tigers meet the number 25 Iowa Hawkeyes on Friday. Iowa is 4-0 with an away win over Seton Hall. They are No. 16 in KenPom’s advanced stats rankings and earned a 5-seed finish at last year’s NCAA tournament before being upset by Richmond.

Last season, Keegan Murray led the Hawkeyes with 23.5 points per game and 8.7 rebounds per game. Luckily for Clemson, he was the fourth pick in the NBA draft. Less fortunate for Clemson, his identical twin brother, Kris Murray now leads the Hawkeyes with 23.8 points and is second on the team with 8.0 rebounds per game.

Kris Murray is 6ft 8 tall and will be the first elite forward to face the Tigers. Clemson may be thin in backfield, but the forwards and centers are the strength of the team. PJ Hall doesn’t seem entirely healthy, but he’s needed for an unwavering defensive performance to defend the rim. Kris Murray is Iowa’s leading 3-point shooter with 11 (.478 3P%). With that kind of reach, it could be Hunter Tyson, who is the main defender trying to stop Murray. This is the matchup to watch.

Iowa is good defensively but elite offensively. They have the lowest turnover ratio in college basketball. They don’t rely heavily on 3-pointers, but make them with an excellent clip of 39.8%. Iowa also has good size going past Kris Murray and will make it difficult for Clemson to score the basket. Clemson might need a virtuoso display from guard Chase Hunter to stand a chance in this instance. He leads Clemson with 16.2 points and 4.8 assists.

KenPom gives Clemson a 24% chance of winning. They’ll be playing again on Saturday, but most will have their eyes on Rivalry Week in the college football world. But before that, head over to CBS Sports Network on Friday and see if the Tigers Iowa put on a good fight. It would be a great start to a weekend that should include stomping the Gamecocks on the gridiron.