Heads South Men’s Basketball for Shriners Charleston Classic for Kids


CHARLESTON – Temple Men’s Basketball travels south to compete in the Charleston Kids’ Shriners Classic. The Owls open with Clemson (3-0), a team they’ve met three times before in the event. Temple is 1-2 in meetings with the Tigers in this tournament with the Owls’ only victory coming in the 2017 Classic Championship game.

TEMPLE OF SCOUTING

> Battle of Khalif leads the Owls to second in the AAC with 24 points per game. He is third in the league in FG% (0.548), tied for first in three per game (4.0) and fourth with his teammate Zach Hicks in 3PT% (.500).
> Damien dunn (13.0 points per game) is the only other owl to average double digits and is tied for the AAC lead in FT% (9-9, 1,000).
> Nick jourdain (3.5 ppg) is tied for fourth in the AAC in rebounding (9.0 rpg) despite averaging just 20.5 mpg on the bench.
> Jeremiah Williams (4.5 points per game) is tied for fifth in the AAC in assists (4.5 points per game).
> Tai Strickland (9.5 points per game) and Hicks (8.5 points per game) were impressive off the bench,
> Sage Tolbert III (2.0 ppg / 5.0 rpg) and Jake forrester (5.0 ppg / 4.5 rpg) complete the owls starting five.

CLEMSON SCOUTING

> Clemson, under head coach Brad Brownell, is off to a 3-0 start, beating Presbyterian, Wofford and Bryant all at home.
> Four of the Tigres five starters averaged double digits with AL-Amir Dawes leading with 17.0 points per game.
> Clemson was picked to finish 11th in the ACC this season by some media, however, the Tigers outscored
standings in pre-season polls in eight of Brad Brownell’s 11 seasons at Tigertown.
> The Tigers finished the 2020-21 season 16-8 overall, including 10-6 in the CCA, and won their 13th-place NCAA tournament in program history and second in the past four years .

STORY OF THE SERIES

> This is the sixth meeting in the series each competition will be held in the state of South Carolina.
> Temple leads the series 3-2, with the Owls defeating the Tigers 67-60 to win the 2017 Charleston Classic. Clemson had won the previous two games, both in the Charleston Classic. Clemson won the 2013 Classic opener, 72-58, and defeated Temple in the 2008 championship game, 76-72.
> The Owls’ other series wins came in 1991, 71-52, at Clemson and in the 1981 NIT, a 90-82 decision, at Clemson.

LAST MEETING: TEMPLE 67, @USC 60 (Charleston, SC – November 20, 2017)

> Five players doubled the scores to lead Temple to a 67-60 victory over Clemson and the 2017 Gildan Charleston Classic championship. It was the first time in program history that Temple (3-0) opened a season with three straight away wins.
> Senior forward Obi Enechionyia was named MVP of the Gildan Charleston Classic, while second-year guard Quinton Rose scored his first career double-double against Clemson and also secured a spot on the All-Star squad of the tournament.
> Shizz Alston, Jr. finished with a record 14 points, followed by Josh Brown with 13. Enechionyia and Alani Moore scored 12 points each, and Rose completed the double-digit scorers with 10 points.
> Sheldon Mitchell led three double-digit Tigers scorers with 16 points.

HISTORY OF THE TOURNAMENT IN THE SEASON

> This is the 83rd tournament / classic of the season in which Temple has participated in the history of its program.
> Owls have an overall 101-73 record in classic tournaments / games.
> Temple has won 15 tournament championships (not counting the single-game classics). The Owls have won two tournaments in the past five seasons: 2017 Charleston Classic; 2016 NIT pre-season.
> This is the fourth time that Temple has competed in the Charleston Classic with the Owls holding a 7-2 record in the event.


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