by Benny Benton
WILSON, N.C. – For the third year in a row, the Barton College men's basketball team will face an Atlantic Coast Conference power in an exhibition game.
This year, the Bulldogs will visit Clemson University on Thursday, Nov. 1, to take on the Tigers, which advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament last season.
"We're really thankful for the opportunity to play a tremendous program like Clemson," said Barton head coach Ron Lievense. "They are well-coached and play great defense. They will be nationally-ranked entering the year. People have very high expectations for their program, and rightly so given the year that they just had. For us, it's a chance to go into a beautiful, amazing facility and play against one of the best teams in the country."
Barton played at North Carolina State University two years ago, and last season took on then-defending national champion University of North Carolina.
"Playing a program like Clemson is such a boost for our players," Lievense said. "They get to go up against an incredible ACC program. That's something that our kids will remember for the rest of their lives. We're really thankful for the ACC schools that are willing to play us and give us these opportunities."
Clemson posted a 25-10 mark a year ago in reaching the Sweet 16 for the fourth time in program history. Among those returning from that team is leading scorer Marcquise Reed, who averaged 15.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists per contest.
Barton returns its entire lineup from a 2017-18 squad that went 17-13 and advanced to the semifinals of the Conference Carolinas Tournament.
The Clemson contest is slated for 7 p.m. in Littlejohn Coliseum, and admission is free.