No rest for the weary

DAYTON, Ohio - With Tuesday night's win over UAB in the books, the Tigers have little time to celebrate.

Perhaps that's the understatement of the year.

Having flown to Dayton, Ohio Monday morning for a Tuesday night game against the Blazers, the Tigers will now board a 2 a.m. charter flight to Tampa, Fla. to begin preparations for West Virginia.

Tipoff for the Tigers and Mountaineers is scheduled for 12:15 PM Thursday afternoon, meaning Clemson will have played two games in the span of 36 hours, in addition to traveling nearly 1,000 miles in the process.

It's a brutal travel schedule, but one that head coach Brad Brownell welcomes with open arms.

After all, consider the alternative - teams that were left out of the this year's field of 68, such as Virginia Tech and Colorado would trade places with the Tigers in a heartbeat.

"We don't control it," he said. "Just to get down to Tampa in time to be able to get your guys to bed, get a little bit of rest and feel like you've got some time to -- 24 hours or so to put together a plan to play West Virginia.

"We'd love for it to be a 9:00 game (Thursday), but, hey, we're in the tournament, we're excited to be playing. If it means we'll play back to back, we'll play back to back, wherever they want to send us. We're happy to be here and looking forward to competing, and we'll give it our best effort."

And his team agrees.

"It's definitely good and bad at the same time, that quick turnaround," Jerai Grant said. "And we have nothing to do now except prepare for the next game."

That next game comes against the Mountaineers, a team Clemson hasn't faced since 2007 in the finals of the NIT.

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