Clemson quickly shifts focus to Duke

At least the folks at the league office in Greensboro allowed Clemson to stay at home for this stretch of two games in three days. It could be worse. It will be worse.

WHAT: Clemson vs. No. 13 Duke
WHERE: Clemson, S.C. - Littlejohn Coliseum
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 11 (2:05 p.m.)
SPREAD: N/A
TV: RSN (Wes Durham, Mike Gminski)

In February, Clemson plays at Syracuse on a Sunday night before travelling to Notre Dame to play on Tuesday.

Brad Brownell has more pressing things to worry about right now, specifically Jabari Parker, Duke's superstar freshman who's third in the ACC with 19.8 points per game.

"He's pretty doggone good, 6-8, 235, making 3s, turnaround jumpers, driving the ball, isos, he's a pro," Brownell said. "He's an unbelievably gifted guy that plays with great confidence.

"What seems to be really good about him is that he's a great person. It's nice to see those kind of young men do well in this game. He seems to have stayed very humble, is a good teammate. Those are the good role models that we're looking for in our sport."

Naturally, Parker isn't the only NBA prospect that Mike Krzyzewski will trot out in his starting five. Rodney Hood, who's fifth in the ACC in scoring with 18.5 points, is in the front-court alongside Parker.

Duke [12-3, 1-1 ACC] is 17th in the country and first among ACC teams in scoring with 84.3 points per game.

"Terrific offensive team…they just really score it. Rodney Hood and Jabari Parker can score in bunches, make 3s, drive it, obviously they're pro players," Brownell said. "Quinn Cook is a guy that's really improved. He really hurt us last year at their place. Can make shots, can create, just as you would expect, a very talented Duke team that is playing very well and will provide a lot of difficult matchups."

It won't be an easy one for a Clemson team that's reeling from Thursday night's 53-41 loss to Florida State.

"If we can defend at a high level, I thought we defended well last night, but it comes down to offensive execution for us," Brownell said. "We've got to make more plays. We certainly can't turn the ball over like we did last night. We've got to have, probably, a little more balanced scoring, find a way to get the ball inside a few times.

"Our perimeters guys, Rod [Hall], [Jordan] Roper and K.J. [McDaniels] are all going to have to play well."

McDaniels was the lone Clemson player to score in double-digits against the Seminoles.

"We met early this morning, reviewed some film, we'll meet here again, then practice for a little over an hour. We'll get into Duke," Brownell said. "I think our guys will have energy. They're talking a sell-out crowd, an opportunity to play one of the premier programs in the country. I think our guys will have energy and juice.

"You certainly would like a little more time to prepare and put in a defensive game plan, devise some things offensively. You can't make as many changes in 36 hours. You've kind of just got to go with what you're doing, make one or two little adjustments and go play. I think, to start, our guys should have great energy.

"Hopefully, if we're playing well, we'll maintain that throughout the course of the game and feed off our crowd."

PROBABLE STARTERS
Duke, 12-3 (1-1 ACC)
G #2 Quinn Cook - 14.0 PPG, 6.1 APG (6-2, 180)
G #14 Rasheed Sulaimon - 7.6 PPG, 2.7 RPG (6-2, 190)
F #5 Rodney Hood - 18.5 PPG, 4.9 RPG (6-8, 215)
F #1 Jabari Parker - 19.8 PPG, 7.6 RPG (6-8, 235)
F#21 Amile Jefferson - 6.2 PPG, 6.3 RPG (6-9, 210)

Clemson, 10-4 (1-1)
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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