WHERE: Littlejohn Coliseum (10,000) - Clemson, S.C.
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 17 (7 p.m.)
And the Tigers have played only one ACC game.
Clemson is coming off a 75-69 defeat at Florida State, the Tigers' third-straight loss on the young season.
Brownell also lost starting point guard Demontez Stitt, who's sidelined indefinitely following arthroscopic knee surgery on Monday. It's the same knee Stitt had surgery on during his freshman year.
But there's light at the end of the tunnel.
It starts at 7 p.m. Friday night when Clemson (5-4) hosts Savannah State (1-11) at Littlejohn Coliseum.
The showdown between the Tigers is the first of six games Clemson will play against mid-major opponents.
"We need to improve. We need to probably build some confidence, get a couple of wins, start to feel good," Brownell said.
Eight of Savannah State's 12 games have been played on the road, including games against Cincinnati, Dayton, Georgia Tech and Indiana.
Those Tigers are led by head coach Horace Broadnax, who is 54-104 in six seasons at Savannah State.
Jovonni Shuler is the leading scorer for Savannah State (17.5). He also averages five rebounds. Preston Blackmon is the Tigers' second-leading scorer at 11.3 points. He also leads the team with 4.7 assists a game.
"We've got to take advantage of this," Grant said of the stretch of games on the schedule. "It's a long season, so we're just looking to get back on track, get our mojo back, basically." (Roy Philpott)
Terrance Oglesby and Trevor Booker each scored 17 points.
Jerai Grant had eight points and seven rebounds.
"We've got to take advantage of this," Grant said of the stretch of games on the schedule. "It's a long season, so we're just looking to get back on track, get our mojo back, basically."
The senior forward/center has averaged 11.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game over the last four outings. He has made 17-of-21 free throws during that span, an 81 percent clip.
Grant will not be joined by his fellow senior, Stitt, Friday when Clemson takes on Savannah State.
"We trust our teammates. We trust our guards to hold their own," Grant said. "All we can do as a team is stay strong."
Savannah State (1-11)
G #1 Preston Blackmon (6-0, 170) - 11.3 PPG, 4.7 APG
G #20 Jovonni Shuler (6-4, 180) - 17.5 PPG, 5 RPG
G #23 Cedrick Smith (6-3, 180) - 4.2 PPG, 2.3 RPG
F #12 Joshua Montgomery (6-4, 195) - 9.8 PPG, 5.4 RPG
F #44 Jyles Smith (6-8, 200) - 3 PPG, 7.1 RPG
Clemson (5-4, 0-1)
G #11 Andre Young (5-9, 170) - 10.8 PPG, 2.6 APG
G #5 Tanner Smith (6-5,210) - 8.7 PPG, 4.2 RPG
F #24 Milton Jennings (6-9,225) - 8.4 PPG, 4.8 RPG
F #45 Jerai Grant (6-8,220) - 9.6 PPG, 6 RPG
F #31 Devin Booker (6-8,245) - 8.1 PPG, 5.1 RPG