Previewing Senior Night

CLEMSON - The four-man senior class of Andre Young, Tanner Smith, Catalin Baciu and Bryan Narcisse will play in what could be the final game at Clemson.

WHAT: Clemson vs. Virginia Tech
WHERE: Littlejohn Coliseum (10,000) - Clemson, S.C.
WHEN: Thursday, March 1 (9 p.m.)
LINE: Clemson -5.5
TV: ACC Network/ESPN3 (Bob Rathburn, Mike Gminski)

Four years ago, the group arrived to town as the 29th-best in the country. Eighty-one wins, three NCAA Tournaments and two head coaches later, the 2008 signing class is playing its final regular season home game.

"I've really enjoyed coaching them," said Brad Brownell. "When you take over a job, you're obviously not sure of the kind of kids that you have.

"The best thing I can say about these guys: they're as unselfish and committed to the team as just about any group I've coached."

Clemson [15-13, 7-7 ACC] can guarantee a .500 or better finish in the conference with a win over Virginia Tech [15-14, 4-10 ACC]. Earlier this season, the Hokies beat the Tigers in Blacksburg, 67-65.


Senior Andre Young leads the Tigers in scoring at 13.3 points per game. (Roy Philpott)
"We did not play well in that game up there. A lot of it had to do, I thought Tech played well," Brownell said. "I think Virginia Tech is playing better than their record indicates. Their freshmen are improving and feeling better about themselves."

He thinks Erick Green, who is "one of the better all-around guards" in the ACC.

"When you look at a guy who impacts the game on both ends, offense and defense, I think he's a little bit like Demontez [Stitt] that way, a very good player," Brownell said.

Clemson is 11-13 all-time against Virginia Tech. Thursday's will be the sixth game in which either it's the Tigers' or Hokies' Senior Night, since Virginia Tech entered the ACC in 2004-05.

Clemson has won all of the previous five meetings.

"We probably recruit some of the same players, have some of the same challenges at each school, within the league…you probably have similar talent and you're going to get games that are pretty close."

PROBABLE STARTERS
Virginia Tech (15-14, 4-10)
G #5 Dorenzo Hudson (6-1, 165) -11.0 PPG, 2.7 RPG
G #11 Erick Green (6-3, 185) - 15.7 PPG, 3.3 RPG
G #31 Jarell Eddie (6-7, 218) - 9.3 PPG, 5.3 RPG
F #14 Victor Davila (6-8, 242) - 7.5 PPG, 4.2 RPG
F #15 Dorian Finney-Smith (6-8, 192) - 6.1 PPG, 6.9 RPG

PROBABLE STARTERS Clemson (15-13, 7-7)
G #11 Andre Young (5-9, 170) - 13.3 PPG, 2.8 RPG
G #5 Tanner Smith (6-5, 210) - 11.1 PPG, 5.1 RPG
F #21 Bryan Narcisse (6-2, 225) - 2.6 PPG, 2.2 RPG
F #31 Devin Booker (6-8, 245) - 10.7 PPG, 7.0 RPG
C #10 Catalin Bacius (7-2, 255) - 4.1 PPG, 2.2 RPG

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