WHAT: Clemson vs. Winthrop
WHERE: Littlejohn Coliseum (10,000) - Clemson, S.C.
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 17 (4:37 p.m.)
TV: Regional Sports Network
Brad Brownell's squad hasn't played since last Saturday's 63-47
loss at Arizona.
"I'm just interested to see how our guys respond after being in finals
this week," Brownell said. "Done fairly well, in terms of practicing. I
think our guys have been as locked in as you can with a lot of things
Tanner Smith said this week was a step in the right direction,
particularly in the meeting room.
"Coach has just been talking about we need to do everything a little bit
better," he said. "We need to screen a little bit better. We need to play
defense a little bit better. We need to run our motion offense a little
bit better. Everything a little bit better."
Fellow senior Andre Young concurred.
"I think they were really good meetings, in terms of just trying to wash
everything away and just really trying to be focused on getting better
everyday," he said.
After playing only two games in the month of December, the Tigers will
play five between Saturday and Christmas.
Up first for Clemson is Winthrop.
Led by fifth-year head coach Randy Peele, the Eagles have won four
of their last five games.
"Winthrop has some very talented guards. [Reggie] Middleton
and [Andre] Jones are two guys that can really score,"
Brownell said. "We're going to have to do a tremendous job of zeroing in
on them and making it difficult. Hopefully our guys will have a lot of
enthusiasm and will be excited about playing again."
Smith looks forward to the challenge of facing Jones, the Eagles' leading
scorer with 19.4 points a game.
"We know that they're a very good team. They have some very good players
that are capable of big nights," Smith said. "Andre Jones is going to be a
tough match up for us."
Middleton is second among Winthrop scorers with 12.7.
"From what we know, their guards like to penetrate. Having a good
defensive mindset going in is really key," said Young, who's now 11th on
the all-time Clemson steals list. "One-on-one ball defense is really
important for this game."
G #3 Andre Smith (5-10, 180) - 5.3 PPG, 1.4 RPG
G #21 Andre Jones (6-2, 197) - 18.7 PPG, 2.9 RPG
G #4 Reggie Middleton (6-1, 196) - 12.6 PPG, 3.9 RPG
F #23 Larry Brown (6-6, 210) - 1.9 PPG, 3 RPG
F #43 George Valentine (6-8, 240) - 6.4 PPG, 6.7 RPG
G #4 Rod Hall (6-1, 210) - 4.7 PPG, 1.1 RPG
G #11 Andre Young (5-9, 170) - 14.5 PPG, 3.4 APG
G #5 Tanner Smith (6-5, 210) - 8.8 PPG, 7.1 RPG
F #24 Milton Jennings (6-9, 225) - 9.4 PPG, 5.6 RPG
F #31 Devin Booker (6-8, 245) - 9.6 PPG, 6.9 RPG
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