WHERE: Littlejohn Coliseum (10,000) - Clemson, S.C.
WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 25 (7 p.m.)
SPREAD: Clemson -7.5
TV: Fox Sports Net
After back-to-back road losses to North Carolina and Maryland, Clemson plays at home for the first time in 13 days when N.C. State visits on Tuesday night.
"It's good to be back home," Brownell said. "I thought our guys competed hard on the road last week—didn't get the results we wanted. But give our guys credit for battling North Carolina and Maryland both to the last minute of each game with a chance to win."
Before the two-game slide, Clemson (13-6, 2-3 ACC) had won the previous eight games.
N.C. State (12-7, 2-3 ACC) ended a three-game streak on Sunday with a 72-70 win over Miami.
Andre Young expects a stiff test from a young Wolfpack that features three freshmen who were rated as five stars by Scout.com.
"There's a lot of hype about their freshman class coming in. They're all very talented, great basketball players," he said. "I think one of the things that we have is a lot of experience. I think we can definitely use that to our advantage."
Ryan Harrow is second on the team in scoring with 11.1 points per game. C.J. Leslie is fourth with 10.7 and Lorenzo Brown is fifth with nine.
"It's good to be back home," Brownell said. "I thought our guys competed hard on the road last week—didn't get the results we wanted. But give our guys credit for battling North Carolina and Maryland both to the last minute of each game with a chance to win." (Getty Images)
"You don't go into your season expecting for your best player not to be there…the longer he's back, I suspect they'll be even better," Brownell said. "Their freshmen are very talented and kind of working into division one, high major basketball. They're really starting to play well. "But, at the end of the day, Tracy Smith is one of the best post players in our league."
At 2-3, Clemson and N.C. State are in a five-way tie for sixth place in the ACC.
The Tigers and Wolfpack split last year's series. Clemson won the regular season matchup in Raleigh, 73-70. N.C. State won 59-57 in the first-round of the ACC Tournament.
Young expects to have a nice home-court advantage against the Wolfpack.
"Against Georgia Tech, we had a lot of students in here. It was amazing playing in front of all of them," he said. "Littlejohn is a pretty tough place to play at and we take pride in that."
N.C. State (12-7, 2-3)
G #12 Ryan Harrow (6-1, 160) - 11 PPG, 3.6 APG
G #21 C.J. Williams (6-5, 218) - 4.4 PPG, 2.4 RPG
F#15 Scott Wood (6-7, 177) - 10.9 PPG, 3.3 RPG
F#1 Richard Howell (6-8, 261) - 8.4 PPG, 6.7 RPG
C #23 Tracy Smith (6-8, 255) - 15.6 PPG, 5.1 RPG
Clemson (13-6, 2-3)
G #2 Demontez Stitt (6-2, 180) - 13.7 PPG, 3.7 RPG
G #11 Andre Young (5-9, 170) - 10.9 PPG, 3 APG
G #21 Bryan Narcisse (6-6, 220) - 3.3 PPG, 1.3 RPG
F #45 Jerai Grant (6-8, 230) - 12.4 PPG, 7 RPG
F #31 Devin Booker (6-8, 245) - 8.6 PPG, 5.5 RPG