WHAT: Clemson at Wake Forest
WHERE: Lawrence-Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum (14,665) - Winston
WHEN: Saturday, Feb.11 (4 p.m.)
SPREAD: Clemson -3.5
TV: RSN, ESPN3 (Rich Waltz, Dan Bonner)
Waiting for Clemson [11-12, 3-6 ACC] is 11-13 [2-8 ACC] Wake Forest.
Led by 19 points from Andre Young, the Tigers won 71-60 two Saturdays ago
over the visiting Demon Deacons. Despite making only one of the first 16
field goals, Clemson scored 32 points in the final 10:31 of the first half
and held a seven point lead at the half.
Though Wake Forest cut the second half lead to three, Clemson led by as
many as 15. Three other Tigers finished with double-figure scoring days --
Devin Booker , Tanner Smith  and Bryan Narcisse had a career-high
"Now that you've guarded each other, you have a little bit better feel for
what they other team maybe does or what they're trying to do, and maybe
their personnel, because you've seen the up-close, as opposed to just
film," Brownell said. "Both teams have the same advantages. You've just
got to go play and see what happens."
Both teams have fallen on hard times since their previous meeting.
Clemson has lost three games in a row since that final Saturday in
January. Wake Forest's loss to Clemson made it two-straight. The sour
streak is still rolling at five.
"It's as much about us as it is about Wake, in terms of our ability to
bounce back when you lose some close games like we've lost here recently,"
Brownell said. "You always worry about your guys still being focused and
having that sense of urgency to go out there and compete."
Brownell believes that won't be an issue.
"We know that we've got to play at a really high level. We haven't been
able to do that in certain times of games. It's cost us," he said. "We're
both in the situation where we really need a win."
Young, one of the Tigers' senior captains, looks forward to putting the
breaks on the team's second three-game losing streak.
"We still have seven more games left in the ACC. It's not too late. We're
going to try to finish the season strong," he said.
A much-needed win over the Demon Deacons would certainly get the ball
rolling back in that direction.
The Tiger program is in search of its first win in Lawrence-Joel
Coliseum since the Tigers won 89-75 in 1989-90, the facility's inaugural
Wake Forest (11-13, 2-8)
G #1 Tony Chennault (6-2, 195) - 9.6 PPG, 3.0 RPG
G #11 C.J. Harris (6-3, 190) - 17.2 PPG, 3.3 RPG
F #25 Nikita Mescheriakov (6-8, 220) - 7.2 PPG, 3.8 RPG
F #30 Travis McKie (6-7, 210) - 15.8 PPG, 7.2 RPG
C #40 Ty Walker (7-0, 230) - 4.9 PPG, 5.1 RPG
Clemson (11-12, 3-6)
G #11 Andre Young (5-9, 170) - 13.7 PPG, 3.0 RPG
G #5 Tanner Smith (6-5, 210) - 10.9 PPG, 5.4 RPG
F #21 Bryan Narcisse (6-6, 225) - 3.0 PPG, 2.5 RPG
F #31 Devin Booker (6-8, 245) - 11.0 PPG, 6.9 RPG
C #10 Catalin Baciu (7-2, 255) - 4.4 PPG, 2.3 RPG
Previewing Wake Forest
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