Clemson set to host FSU

On Thursday night, Clemson will open its ACC home schedule with a 7 o'clock tipoff against Florida State.

WHAT: Clemson vs. Florida State
WHERE: Clemson, S.C. - Littlejohn Coliseum
WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 9 (7:05 p.m.)
SPREAD: Clemson by 2
TV: RSN (Wes Durham, Cory Alexander)

Florida State (9-4, 0-1 ACC) beat Clemson in all three meetings last season, capping the Tigers' season with a 73-69 defeat at the ACC Tournament in Greensboro.

One of Brad Brownell's favorite players in the league, Okaro White, scored a game-high 24 points and made 8 of 11 shots from the field.

"I just think he's long, he's big. He's versatile. He's a scorer. He can do a little bit of everything," Brownell said. "He can rebound. He can pass along the perimeter. He can make a shot. He's been through the wars. I just think he's a really good player."

White had 15 points and seven rebounds in Florida State's 62-50 loss to Virginia on Saturday. Leonard Hamilton's team had won four-straight until they dropped that one at home to the Cavs.

"They've got a couple of losses, the loss to Michigan on a neutral court where they really out-played them. The 1-point loss at Florida, they've played as well as almost anybody in most of the games in non-conference," Brownell said. "They beat a very good Massachusetts team, a VCU team that is outstanding.

"Those are -- we played UMass, that's a really, really good win, so I think they've done an outstanding job to date, and maybe just didn't play their best against Virginia."

Florida State is tied for first with Clemson in the ACC in blocked shots [88 total, 6.8 per game]. The Seminoles are second in the league in field goal percentage defense [.369] and third in steals [99 total, 7.6 per game].

"Ian Miller is not a young guard, but he looks like he's about back to his old self, in terms of playing with confidence," Brownell said. "He's shooting the ball well."

Miller, who's shooting 43 percent from the field] leads Florida State in scoring [13.4] and assists [3.5] and is tied for first in steals [1.3].

"They've got a good group of players, great depth and good guard play, strength and size inside that's hard to match," Brownell said.

PROBABLE STARTERS
Florida State, 9-4 (0-1 ACC)
G #1 Devon Booker - 7.6 PPG, 3.6 RPG (6-4, 185)
G #32 Montay Brandon - 9.5 PPG, 5.5 RPG (6-7, 216)
F #10 Okara White - 13.0 PPG, 6.7 RPG (6-8, 214)
F #14 Robert Gilchrist - 5.2 PPG, 2.8 RPG (6-9, 220)
C #15 Boris Bojanovsky - 6.6 PPG, 2.9 RPG (7-3, 240)

Clemson, 10-3 (1-0)
G #12 Rod Hall - 10.8 PPG, 4.0 APG (6-1, 210)
G #20 Jordan Roper - 10.2 PPG, 2.7 RPG (5-11, 165)
F #32 K.J. McDaniels - 16.7 PPG, 6.8 RPG (6-6, 200)
F #5 Jaron Blossomgame - 4.2 PPG, 4.2 RPG (6-7, 215)
C #35 Landry Nnoko - 5.3 PPG, 6.6 RPG (6-10, 250)

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