WHAT: Clemson at Maryland
WHERE: Comcast Center (17,950) - College Park, Md.
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 21 (2:30 p.m.)
SPREAD: Maryland by 6
"I wish I could be out there, but I'll do my best on the bench to cheer them on," he said, "Maybe I'll make some coaching suggestions while I'm sitting there."
The junior wing from Alpharetta, Ga. sprained his knee earlier this week during the 75-65 loss to North Carolina.
And just like North Carolina was on Tuesday, Maryland is coming off an embarrassing— Virginia Tech handed Gary Williams' squad a 74-57 defeat on Thursday night.
"It seems like we're going to catch everybody when they're made at us," said Clemson head coach Brad Brownell. "The guys in the league aren't doing us any favors, but we're certainly going to get Maryland's best shot, which is usually a good one."
For the Terps, it all starts down low with sophomore center Jordan Williams, who's fifth in the ACC in scoring (17.7) and first in rebounding (12.1).
Senior forward Cliff Tucker, the team's second best scorer, is tops on the team with a 38 percent clip from behind the 3-point line.
"I like the guard play. Tucker is versatile. He can make 3's," Brownell said. "I really like the toughness of [Sean] Mosley. I'm interested to see how our guys respond. We played hard against North Carolina, but not well enough to win."
Bryan Narcisse, who came off the bench when Smith went down, is likely to be plugged into the starting lineup on Saturday afternoon.
Against North Carolina, Narcisse tied a career-high with 10 points. He's 8-of-11 from the field during ACC play this season.
Known for his intensity of the defensive end and his prodigious leaping ability, any points are an added bonus.
"Coach has been emphasizing that I'm going to play the three a little bit more this year," Narcisse said. "I've had to come in and put the work in on my jump shot. Coach has said, ‘If you've got a good one, then take it.' He has a lot of confidence in me, and I really like that."
He's started twice during his career, including the win over Butler in last year's 76 Classic.
"It will be different, because I'm used to coming off the bench and going all out," Narcisse. "I'll try to—not hold back—but when I'm out, to make sure that I take the time to really rest and be ready to go back, because it'll probably be sooner this time around."
Brownell said Narcisse must play under composure.
"He plays great energy all the time. Sometimes he needs to harness than and be relaxed, continue to make good decisions," Brownell said.
Maryland (11-7, 1-3)
G #21 Pe'Shon Howard (6-3, 195) - 4.3 PPG, 3 APG
G #14 Sean Mosley (6-4, 210) - 8.2 PPG, 3.9 RPG
F#24 Cliff Tucker (6-6, 205) - 11.4 PPG, 4.1 RPG
F #33 Dino Gregory (6-7, 230) - 7.7 PPG, 5.5 RPG
C #20 Jordan Williams (6-10, 260) - 17.7 PPG, 12.1 RPG
Clemson (13-5, 2-2)
G #2 Demontez Stitt (6-2, 180) - 13.3 PPG, 3.6 RPG
G #11 Andre Young (5-9, 170) - 10.7 PPG, 3 APG
G #21 Bryan Narcisse (6-6, 220) - 3.3 PPG, 1.2 RPG
F #45 Jerai Grant (6-8, 230) - 12.3 PPG, 6.9 RPG
F #31 Devin Booker (6-8, 245) - 8.4 PPG, 5.2 RPG
Tigers head to Maryland
CUTigers.com Top Stories
TIGERS TAKE GAME TWO 11-0!Alex Eubanks struck out 12 and walked none in a 116-pitch, complete-game 11-0 shutout of #17 Wake Forest in the first half of a doubleheader, putting #3 Clemson in position for…
CUTigers.comSaturday at 2:30 PM
4-21 RECRUITING RADARIn our weekly Recruiting Radar, CUTigers Recruiting Analyst Gary McDaniel updates you on the latest news and intel on the Clemson recruiting front!
CUTigers.comFriday at 11:20 AM
SWEPT UGAIN!Tyler Jackson allowed just one earned run, and Chris Williams broke the game open with a 3-run homer to lead #3 Clemson to a 9-7 win over UGA for the season sweep!
CUTigers.comWednesday at 8:16 PM
ANOTHER 11TH INNING WALK-OFF WIN FOR TIGERS!#4 Clemson beat Charleston Southern 6-5 for its second 11-inning win of the season in walk-off fashion, thanks to the bull pen, Logan Davidson, Reed Rohlman and Rudy Cox, who…
ANOTHER 5-STAR IS ALL IN!Shortly before the Clemson Orange & White Game, Dabo and the staff received an enormous commitment from 5-Star 2018 DE Xavier Thomas, ranked as high as #1 overall recruit in the…