Tigers have momentum

CLEMSON - A little winter weather wasn't much of a factor for any of Brad Brownell's Wright State teams.

WHAT: Clemson vs. Georgia Tech
WHERE: Littlejohn Coliseum (10,000) - Clemson, S.C.
WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 12 (7 p.m.)
SPREAD: Clemson -8
TV: Fox Sports

On Monday, several inches of snow accumulated in Clemson (12-4, 1-1 ACC), throwing a hitch in the plans for Tuesday night's game against Georgia Tech (7-7, 0-1 ACC).

The Yellow Jackets were scheduled to leave Atlanta on Monday, but that's been pushed back and the game itself has been moved to Wednesday night.

But once the Tigers hit the court, they'll have the momentum of a seven-game winning streak behind them, while Georgia Tech is coming off back-to-back losses to Charlotte and Boston College.

"They're a really athletic group. Iman Shumpert and Glen Rice are really big wings that make difficult shots," Brownell said. "They shoot over top of you, so they'll be difficult matchups for us."

Shumpert leads the Yellow Jackets in scoring (15.7), rebounding (5.8), assists (3.5) and steals (2.6).

"He can beat you by jumping up and shooting, he can beat you by penetrating, penetrating and pitching to another guy for a 3, penetrating and creating help and dropping it into a big man," Brownell said. "He can rebound the ball. He can bring down the ball on the break quickly without an outlet pass, which puts pressure on your defense. He certainly is a handful.

"He's confident. He's taking shots at the end of games and expecting them to go in, and looks good doing it. You're more surprised when they don't go in than when they do. He's a difficult matchup for us. He certainly is a tough matchup for a lot of people."

Jerai Grant, who registered a double-double in Saturday's win over Miami, said it's important to get off to a good start in ACC play.

"We're looking to win the ACC, bottom line. We're looking to win," he said. "We're not going to fold to anybody."

Grant recently moved into first-place on Clemson's career field goal percentage (.611) and is now seventh in blocked shots with 161.

Demontez Stitt has posted double figures in 12 of his last 13 games, including a 17-point performance against the Hurricanes.

"We beat a very good Miami team on Saturday, and had a bunch of guys step up and play well, notably, Demontez Stitt and Jerai Grant, our two seniors," Brownell said. "Certainly, Andre Young hit a couple of big shots late."

Young has made at least one 3-point goal in every game this season.

"It was a really good win for our guys, moving forward. Now, we play a talented Georgia Tech team who can really score the ball," Brownell said.

Georgia Tech has struggled to out-score Clemson in previous games at Littlejohn Coliseum. The Tigers' 30 home wins over the Yellow Jackets are the most against any school when playing at home.

Georgia Tech (7-7, 0-1)
G #1 Iman Shumpert (6-5, 209) - 15.7 PPG, 5.8 RPG
G #3 Maurice Miller (6-2, 189) - 6.1 PPG, 2.8 APG
F#41 Glenn Rice Jr. (6-5, 195) - 12.1 PPG, 5.4 RPG
F #28 Kameron Hosley (6-6, 208) - 4.6 PPG, 2.9 RPG
C #5 Daniel Miller (6-10, 303) - 4.9 PPG, 4.5 RPG

Clemson (12-4, 1-1)
G #2 Demontez Stitt (6-2, 180) - 13. PPG, 3.6 RPG
G #11 Andre Young (5-9, 170) - 10.7 PPG, 3 APG
G #5 Tanner Smith (6-5, 210) - 8.4 PPG, 3.8 RPG
F #45 Jerai Grant (6-8, 230) - 12.4 PPG, 6.9 RPG
F #31 Devin Booker (6-8, 245) - 8.1 PPG, 5 RPG

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