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No. 20 Clemson hopes to halt 3-point barrage vs. FSU

In its past two games — losses against Virginia and Georgia Tech — Clemson has been buried by a barrage of 3-pointers.

Now the 20th-ranked Tigers must hit the road to face the Atlantic Coast Conference’s top 3-point-shooting team, Florida State.

The Tigers and Seminoles will meet Saturday afternoon at Florida State’s Donald L. Tucker Center in a nationally televised game on ABC.

Clemson (9-3, 3-3) surrendered 15 3-pointers in a 35-point loss to Virginia on Saturday, then allowed Georgia Tech to make a season-high 16 shots from long range in the Tigers’ 18-point loss in Atlanta.

Virginia and Georgia Tech combined to shoot 58.5 percent on 3-pointers.

“That’s been a problem for us two games in a row now,” Clemson coach Brad Brownell said. “It starts with our defense. For whatever reason, we’ve lost it since the pause. We can’t win giving up 80 points a game; we’re not built that way. We’d better get our defense fixed.”

That might be easier said than done. The Seminoles (8-2, 4-1) are one of the hottest teams in the ACC, having won three straight games by an average margin of 17 points since having three games postponed because of COVID-19 issues.

In their most recent game – a 78-65 win at Louisville on Monday – Florida State shot 42.9 percent from long range and leads the league in 3-pointers at 38.6 percent.

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