Clemson University

Purnell, Odom face off one final time

The rivalry gets a little added juice to it on Friday.

The National Association of Basketball Coaches All-Star Game will be held Friday in San Antonio to kick off the weekend's Final Four festivities. Clemson coach Oliver Purnell will lead the National team, while former South Carolina coach Dave Odom will lead the American team.

Purnell and his staff will coach a slew of familiar names, including one of his own in guard Cliff Hammonds. Hammonds will be joined by Georgetown's Jonathan Wallace, Duke's DeMarcus Nelson, Kentucky's Ramel Bradley, Vanderbilt's Shan Foster and Xavier's Josh Duncan.

Odom will lead a team featuring Georgia's Sundiata Gaines, Mississippi State's Charles Rhodes, Maryland's James Gist, Washington State's Robbie Cowgill and Louisville's David Padgett.

The game begins at 6 p.m. but is only available on CSTV.

• CHANCE TO REPEAT: USC's defending national champion equestrian team was invited to the national championships next week in Waco, Texas. The Hunter Seat team has a first-round bye and will face either Auburn or Stephen F. Austin in the second round, while the Western team will compete against Stephen F. Austin in the first round.

Senior Kristen Terebesi qualified for the individual championships in equitation and equitation over fences. USC has won three straight national titles in Hunter Seat and won the overall titles in 2005 and 2007.

• BACK IN THE BIG TIME: Clemson re-entered the women's tennis Top 25 at No. 23 this week after winning its last three matches.

Sophomore Ani Mijacika held the No. 2 singles ranking for the second straight poll. She is 23-5 with 13 wins against ranked opponents.

Mijacika was also listed 25th with Federica van Adrichem. The team went 7-3 during the fall season.

• IN THE POOL: USC sophomore Dominique Lendjel set a career record in the 200-yard individual medley but finished 29th in the event at the NCAA championships. He swam the event in 1:47.07 but did not qualify for the next round.

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