In search of a road win

CLEMSON - Halfway through the ACC schedule, Brad Brownell is still searching for his first ACC road win as the Tigers' head coach

WHAT: Clemson at Georgia Tech
WHERE: Alexander Coliseum (9,191) – Atlanta, Ga.
WHEN: Saturday Feb. 6 (1 p.m.)
SPREAD: Clemson by 1
TV: Raycom

Clemson has lost all four conference road games by a combined 20 points up to this opint, including Wednesday's 2-point loss to Virginia.

"We look at our losses, pretty much all of them are definitely games that we should have won," said Andre Young. "We feel like we should be up there at the top of the ACC. We just let go of a couple of games. All those were games on the road. We need to do a better job on the road."

A road win is critical as the Tigers look to build upon their resume for the NCAA Tournament.

"We've got to win some of these games to give ourselves a chance for that," Brownell said. "We haven't talked a lot about that. I think the guys know that. It's common that you need that. We just need to play well."

According to Brownell, there's been a drop off in play on the defensive end when Clemson is away from Littlejohn Coliseum against an ACC opponent.

Tanner Smith noted the slow starts as another part of the road woes.

"Even the game we won at Charleston we were down 11-0, quick," he said. "We need to make sure that we start off strong."

Clemson will look for a strong start and finish on Saturday afternoon at Georgia Tech. For recent opponents, that hasn't been easy in ‘The Thriller Dome.'

The Yellow Jackets have held their last three opponents to 31 percent shooting from the field and 5-of-38 from 3-point range. North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest were beaten by an average of 23.3 points.

Young said the 87-62 January win over their rivals Atlanta won't have much carryover to Saturday. For one, he doesn't expect another 9-of-9 shooting effort from behind the 3-point line, like the one the Tigers had in the second half of that game.

"We shot the ball real well against them. Once again, we played them at Littlejohn," he said. "They have a bad taste in their mouth towards us. They're probably going to come out with a little more energy.

"It's probably going to be important that we come out of the gate strong and really match their intensity. They're going to come out throwing blows."

Georgia Tech (10-11, 3-5)
G #1 Iman Shumpert (6-5, 209) – 16.6 PPG, 5.9 RPG
G #3 Maurice Miller (6-2, 189) – 5.3 PPG, 2.2 RPG
F#41 Glenn Rice Jr. (6-5, 195) – 13.3 PPG, 5.5 RPG
F #24 Kameron Hosley (6-6, 208) – 4.0 PPG, 2.9 RPG
C #5 Daniel Miller (6-10, 303) – 4.6 PPG, 5.1 RPG

Clemson (15-7, 4-4)
G #2 Demontez Stitt (6-2, 180) – 13.5 PPG, 4.1 RPG
G #11 Andre Young (5-9, 170) – 10.7 PPG, 3 APG
G #5 Tanner Smith (6-5, 210) – 8.1 PPG, 3.6 RPG
F #45 Jerai Grant (6-8, 230) – 12.3 PPG, 7 RPG
F #31 Devin Booker (6-8, 245) – 8.3 PPG, 5.4 RPG Top Stories