The Claflin University Panthers will put their 10-game win streak on the line Saturday against Spring Hill College in a Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) contest at Tullis Arena.
The game will follow the women’s matchup at approximately 3:30 p.m. It will be First Responderss Day in Tullis Arena. All police, fire, EMS, nurses and medical personnel in uniform or with proper ID will be admitted for a special price.
All fans attending the game must enter through the first door on Magnolia Street. Due to the main entrance closure, game-day tickets will also be sold at the Magnolia Street entrance. Team will-call will remain at the parking lot entrance.
Claflin is sporting an 11-1 record, the program’s second best start since the 2007-08 season. In that campaign, the Panthers started 18-1 and finished with a program best 24-2 record. The following season, Claflin began the season 10-0 followed by 16-1 to end at 25-4.
Thus far this season, the Panthers have tasted defeat just once, a 61-52 decision at home to Montevallo. Claflin is 3-1 at home and a perfect 8-0 away from Orangeburg.
In the SIAC, the Panthers boast an unbeaten 4-0 record heading into the clash with Spring Hill.
Spring Hill, loser of its last six games, is 2-7 overall and 0-1 in the league. The league loss came to Tuskegee University 72-66 earlier in the month.
Claflin women face Spring Hill
After playing its last three games on the road, the Claflin University women’s basketball team will return home Saturday to host Spring Hill College in a Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference contest.
Tip-off is 1:30 p.m. in Tullis Arena inside the Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Physical Education Center. It will be First Responders Day. All police, fire, EMS, nurses and medical personnel in uniform or with proper ID will be admitted for a special price.
This will be the fourth meeting between Claflin and Spring Hill since the 2014-15 season. Claflin owns a 2-1 advantage including a 48-39 victory last season.
Claflin will bring a .500 overall record at 6-6 and 3-1 SIAC bill into the contest.
Spring Hill enters the contest with a 7-3 overall record and 1-0 in the SIAC. The Badgers fell to Auburn Montgomery, 66-59, on Dec. 12.
The Lady Panthers will have 13 days off for the Christmas break, returning to action on Dec. 30 at Wilberforce, Ohio, vs. Central State University in an SIAC contest.
Clemson takes on Florida
Clemson (8-1) takes on No. 22/22 Florida (6-3) at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in the Orange Bowl Classic in Sunrise, Florida.
The game is the first in 50 years for the Tigers against Florida.
Clemson is off to its best start to a regular season since 2008-09. Elijah Thomas is one of only 13 players in the country averaging 12.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.75 blocks per game.