Seven in a row?

CLEMSON - Brad Brownell got his first taste of Clemson's rivalry with South Carolina last week when the two schools met on the football field.

WHAT: Clemson at South Carolina
WHERE: Colonial Life Arena (18,000) - Columbia, S.C.
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 5 (4 p.m.)
SPREAD: Pick 'em
TV: Fox Sports Carolinas

Now it's on to the hardwood, where the Tigers have beaten the Gamecocks in the last six meetings.

"I'm really impressed with their team in the games I've seen so far. They're extremely athletic," Brownell said.

Under third-year head coach Darrin Horn, South Carolina is 5-1 with wins over Elon, Radford, USC-Upstate, Western Kentucky and Delaware State.

"They're playing well—playing with a lot of confidence. I think their team is a lot better than people thought they were going to be coming into this season," Brownell said. "Certainly, when you have a point guard as good as Bruce Ellington–I think he's outstanding. I think they're going to have some good days over there."

Ellington, the cousin of Clemson running back Andre Ellington, leads the Gamecocks in scoring (12.5) and assists (4.8).

"He's terrific, for a freshman," Brownell said. "He plays the game with great poise—very good three-point shooter—plays the game at the speeds that you need to be successful."

Clemson guards Demontez Stitt and Andre Young will spend much of the afternoon checking Ellington.

Stitt, who leads Clemson in scoring with 13.3 points per game, understands the importance of the rivalry.

"It's big for our team. It's big for our university. You get bragging rights in this state," he said. "To beat them three years in a row, and my senior year going on four—hopefully—that would be one of the best things for me and the university."

Young said there's a greater hunger to win because the game comes on the heels of the 69-61 loss to Michigan.

"We really want to get this win and try to get back on track," he said. "I'm really looking forward to coming out there and playing hard."

Brownell said one of the biggest issues in Tuesday's loss to the Wolverines was transition defense.

"Some of that was because we didn't make shots on offense and we were always on transition defense," he said. "We tried to address that [Thursday] at practice. We kind of had a fundamental day [Thursday], were we went back to grinding it out."

Preparation and game planning for South Carolina didn't begin until Friday afternoon's practice.

Offensively, the Gamecocks like to spread things out and utilize a lot of ball screens.

"They're not overly complicated in how they play. Because of their good talent, they keep you in space and they play with great spacing, so they give their guys room to make plays," Brownell said.

South Carolina (5-1)
G #2 Brian Richardson (6-4, 164) - 9 PPG, 2.3 RPG
G #23 Bruce Ellington (5-9, 197) - 12. PPG, 4.8 APG
F #15 Malik Cooke (6-6, 213) - 9.7 PPG, 8.5 RPG
F #30 Lakeem Jackson (6-5, 230) - 10.5 PPG, 6. 5 RPG
F #44 Sam Muldrow (6-9, 229) - 8.2 PPG, 5.2 RPG

Clemson (5-2)
G #2 Demontez Stitt (6-2,175) - 13.3 PPG, 3 RPG
G #11 Andre Young (5-9, 170) - 10.1 PPG, 2.6 APG
G #5 Tanner Smith (6-5,210) - 8.4 PPG, 3 APG
F #45 Jerai Grant (6-8,220) - 9.1 PPG, 6 RPG
F #31 Devin Booker (6-8,245) - 8.4 PPG, 5 RPG Top Stories