Previewing Wake Forest

CLEMSON - Exactly two weeks since Clemson's previous win, the Tigers will play the last team they defeated.

WHAT: Clemson at Wake Forest
WHERE: Lawrence-Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum (14,665) - Winston Salem, N.C.
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 [16], Tanner Smith [13] and Bryan Narcisse had a career-high 11.

"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 season.

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 Top Stories