I went into the Arkansas game concerned about Landry Nnoko’s foul problems and came out even more concerned. If Nnoko is having this many problems with fouls – he’s averaging a foul every 6.5 minutes on the court – during the non-conference schedule one has to wonder what will happen once the likes of Duke, North Carolina and Syracuse show up on the schedule.
Nnoko is the Tigers only hope for some semblance of a scoring threat from the big men (and he’s not much of one at this point) and near the team lead in rebounds, so without him on the floor the Tigers odds of winning are reduced greatly.
Entering that same Arkansas game Rod Hall had a 32 to 7 assist to turnover ratio. Hall left with 4 of each, dropping his ratio from 4.6:1 to 3.3:1 in one game. Hall needs to do better than that for Clemson to have a chance.
Arkansas was the first game in which the Tigers allowed over 1 point per possession on defense, in what may prove to be an early indicator of success or failure (7-1 when giving up less than 1 point per possession).
On the offensive side Clemson is 7-0 when averaging over 1 point per possession and 0-2 when averaging under 1 point per possession.
The Tigers continue to hit their free throws at a rate that I can’t remember in my lifetime. Will this continue as the ACC season rolls around? If so, that is certainly a plus for this team and will keep them in games late.