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Without Mays, Clemson hosts Purdue in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

Nov 27, 2007 - 3:16 PM Purdue (3-0) at No. 18 Clemson (5-0) 9:30 pm EST

CLEMSON, South Carolina (Ticker) -- No. 18 Clemson will look to remain unbeaten without its second-leading scorer when they host Purdue as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Tuesday.

James Mays, who is averaging 14.8 points and 8.6 rebounds, injured his hip in Saturday's 96-67 victory over Gardner-Webb and has been ruled out for Tuesday's contest.

Clemson - which is 6-2 all-time in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge - is led by K.C. Rivers, who is averaging 15.0 points and 6.4 rebounds.

The Boilermakers will travel away from home for the first time this season and will be looking for their first 4-0 start since the 2003-04 season.

Purdue freshman Scott Martin leads the team in scoring at 13.3 points per game, while fellow freshmen E'Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson are also scoring in double figures at 13.0 and 10.0 points, respectively.

The trio combined for 39 points in Saturday's 84-53 victory over Loyola of Illinois.

The Tigers have won the last three games in the annual event between the two conferences, with their last loss coming at Purdue, 76-64, in 2003.

Purdue is 2-4 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge - 0-3 on the road - and has lost two of the three all-time meetings with Clemson.