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Bulldogs to visit Clemson for preseason exhibition game Nov. 1

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The Barton College men’s basketball team will measure itself against an Atlantic Coast Conference program for the third straight preseason as the school announced Tuesday that the Bulldogs will play an exhibition game at Clemson on Nov. 1.

“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, which played at North Carolina last November and at N.C. State in 2016, did not lose a player from the 2017-18 squad that finished 17-13 and reached the Division II Conference Carolinas semifinals.

Clemson, which went to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 round for the fourth time in program history, posted a 25-10 record.

“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.”

The game will tip off at 7 p.m. in Littlejohn Coliseum and admission is free.

Barton will release the remainder of its 2018-19 schedule Friday.

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