Tigers head to South Beach

Plenty will be on the line for No. 6 Miami when Clemson visits the BankUnited Center on Saturday afternoon.

WHAT: Clemson at Miami
WHERE: BankUnited Center (7,200) -- Coral Gables, Fla.
WHEN: Saturday, March 9 (2:30 p.m.)
TV: ACC Network (Tim Brant, Bobby Cremins)

It's senior day in Coral Gables. And a win for the Canes would clinch an outright ACC regular season title.

Brad Brownell won't treat the game as an opportunity to play spoiler. That's of little concern to him in the Tigers' regular season finale.

"We're just trying to play good basketball," he said. "And, hopefully, execute some things to follow a plan to win. You hope to put yourself in position to win games at the end, especially on the road.

"As a coach, that's one of the things you try to do."

Clemson has won just one road game in conference play, a 56-53 defeat of Georgia Tech on Valentine's Day.

Earlier this week, the Yellow Jackets escaped Coral Gables with an upset win over the Canes.

"It was one of those situations where everything seems to go in place for you to steal a game on the road. That's exactly what Georgia Tech did," Brownell said. "Their kids played well, and they executed offensively. They made some big shots to steal the game."

He added, "That, I'm sure, got Miami's attention, here even more with a lot on the line. I'm sure they're going to be ready with senior night and a chance to win the league outright. It'll be a big game for them."

Regardless of what's on the line for Miami, Clemson has already learned how tough the Canes can be.

Miami edged Clemson 45-43 in Littlejohn Coliseum last month.

"I thought our guys defended at a very high level and played pretty smart. We just didn't execute well enough offensively," Brownell said. "Certainly, Miami had something to do with that. They're a big, strong team. It's hard to score around the basket against them.

"But it was a great first game. We hope to go down there, play well and put ourselves in another position where we have a chance to win at the end."

Miami (23-6, 14-3 ACC)
G #0 Shane Larkin - 13.8 PPG, 3.8 RPG (5-11, 176)
G #1 Durand Scott - 13.2 PPG, 4.2 RPG (6-5, 203)
G #4 Trey McKinney-Jones - 9.1 PPG, 3.4 RPG (6-5, 220)
F #35 Kenny Kadji - 13.3 PPG, 6.7 RPG (6-11, 242)
F #45 Julian Gamble - 6.6 PPG, 4.9 RPG (6-10, 250)

Clemson (13-16 5-12 ACC)
G #12 Rod Hall - 5.7 PPG, 2.6 RPG (5-11, 165)
G #20 Jordan Roper - 7.4 PPG, 1.2 RPG (5-11, 165)
F #21 Damarcus Harrison - 5.3 PPG, 2.7 RPG (6-4, 200)
F #24 Milton Jennings - 10.4 PPG, 6.6 RPG (6-9, 225)
C #31 Devin Booker - 13.2 PPG, 7.8 RPG (6-8, 250)

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