Tigers visit College of Charleston

CLEMSON - Brad Brownell anticipates an exciting environment in the Carolina First Arena when Clemson plays College of Charleston tonight at 7 p.m.

WHAT: Clemson at College of Charleston
WHERE: Carolina First Arena (5,100) - Charleston, S.C.
WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 22 (7 p.m.)
SPREAD: Clemson -1
TV: Fox Sports South/New England Sports Network

"I'm sure it will be a sell-out. Hopefully there will be some orange in the stands," he said.

Clemson's leading scorer, Demontez Stitt (13.8), will play, but will not start in Wednesday night's game.

The senior guard missed the last two games after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. He participated in "close to half" of Tuesday's practice at Littlejohn Coliseum, before the team left for Charleston.

Jerai Grant was named ACC Player of the Week on Monday. In two games off the bench last week, he averaged 17 points, 9.5 rebounds and 4.5 blocked shots.

Clemson (7-4) and College of Charleston (8-3) meet for the second straight season after an 80-year break in play between the two schools. The Tigers won 94-55 at Littlejohn Coliseum last year.

College of Charleston has already experienced a taste of the ACC this season, with road losses to Maryland and North Carolina. The Terrapins narrowly escaped with a buzzer beater.

In his fourth year at College of Charleston, Bobby Cremins relies heavily upon a trio of seniors.

Guard Andrew Goudelock is eighth among the nation's leading scorers with 23.7 points per game. He's shooting 47 percent from the field and 41 percent from behind the 3-point line.

"It's probably one of the best offenses we'll have seen, right now. The Goudelock kid is probably the best offensive player that we'll have played against, to date," Brownell said. "He scores from just across half court. He's probably made half a dozen shots from 27 feet. His range is unlimited."

Forward Jeremy Simmons, who was recently named Southern Conference Player of the Week, is second on the team, averaging 14.7 points.

"They're a really athletic team. Simmons inside has a quick jumper. He's got really good moves," Brownell said. "They've been in a lot of big games before. They're going to be a really talented team."

He added that everyone is capable of making a shot, including Donovan Monroe, a senior guard who is third on the team with 11.5 points per game.

"It's really a well-balanced, well put together team," Brownell said.

Brownell believes that starts at the top.

Cremins' top assistant, Mark Byington, played at UNC Wilmington when Brownell was still working as an assistant coach.

"When he was a freshman, I was assigned to be his academic monitor, so Mark and I are close," Brownell said. "Mark and I talk regularly. Because of that, I've crossed paths with coach Cremins several times. He's a good man, a really good man."

College of Charleston (8-3)
G #1 Donovan Monroe (6-3, 205) - 11.5 PPG, 3.8 RPG
G #3 Andrew Goudelock (6-2, 200) - 23.7 PPG, 4 RPG
G #4 Andrew Lawrence (6-1, 185) - 7.8 PPG, 1.8 RPG
F #21 Jeremy Simmons (6-8, 230) - 14.7 PPG, 6.2 RPG
F #53 Willis Hall (6-6, 215) - 7.5 PPG, 5.5 RPG

Clemson (7-4)
G #11 Andre Young (5-9, 170) - 11.7 PPG, 2.9 APG
G #5 Tanner Smith (6-5, 210) - 8.8 PPG, 4.4 RPG
G #3 Zavier Anderson (5-9, 170) - 1.1 PPG, 1.1 RPG
F #24 Milton Jennings (6-9, 225) - 8.3 PPG, 5.5 RPG
F #31 Devin Booker (6-8, 245) - 7.5 PPG, 5 RPG

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