End of the road

Finally, after three long, grueling weeks, Brad Brownell & Co. can finally move beyond the meat of Clemson's 2014 schedule.

WHAT: Clemson at Notre Dame
WHERE: South Bend, Ind. - Purcell Pavilion
WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 11 (7 p.m.)
SPREAD: N/A
TV: RSN (Tom Werme, Debbie Antonelli)

What started on Jan. 21 at Pittsburgh will end on Tuesday night in South Bend, Ind.

During that span Clemson has traveled to UNC and Florida State, returned home for Georgia Tech and hit the road again for Syracuse and Notre Dame.

"I can barely remember who it started with," Brownell said. "We've had a long three weeks here, obviously some very difficult games on the road in some really good venues."

Sporting a 2-3 record during that stretch, Clemson [15-7, 6-4 ACC] closes out the stretch at Notre Dame [12-12, 3-8 ACC] on Tuesday night at Purcell Pavilion.

"It showed our team, when we play well and defend, we can play with some very good teams in this country," Brownell said. "I think, hopefully, it's given our guys some confidence. It certainly makes you appreciate the league you're in, and to go see some of the good venues we've played in -- last night, 25,000-plus at Syracuse, it makes you appreciate your league.

"I hope it's given our guys a sense of strength. If we do the things we need to do effectively, we can play with really good teams in this country."

Clemson lost 57-44 at Syracuse on Sunday night. In Notre Dame's last outing, a Saturday afternoon showdown with UNC, the Irish fell 73-6.

Under the direction of Mike Brey, Notre Dame is led by senior center Garrick Sherman [14.6 points, 7.9 rebounds], junior forward Pat Connaughton [13.1, 7.5] and senior point guard Eric Atkins [14 points, 4.8 assists].

Leading scorer Jerian Grant [19], was suspended because of academics earlier this season.

"We'll play a team that will run a lot of motion. They have a good inside game with Sherman. We have to rally our troops a little bit," Brownell said. "We'll try to get a good 48-hour prep and get our minds right and get our energy back and try to win a tough road game."

PROBABLE STARTERS
Notre Dame, 12-12 (3-8 ACC)
G #0 Eric Atkins - 14.0 PPG, 4.8 APG (6-2, 182)
G #32 Steve Vasturia - 3.8 PPG, 2.4 RPG (6-5, 200)
F #24 Pat Connaughton - 13.1 PPG, 7.5 RPG (6-5, 212)
F #30 Zach Auguste - 6.4 PPG, 3.9 RPG (6-10, 230)
C #11 Garrick Sherman - 14.6 PPG, 7.9 RPG (6-10, 246)

Clemson, 15-7 (6-4)
G #12 Rod Hall - 8.8 PPG, 3.8 APG (6-1, 210)
G #3 Adonis Filer - 4.5 PPG, 1.3 APG (6-2, 190)
F #32 K.J. McDaniels - 16.4 PPG, 7.2 RPG (6-6, 200)
F #5 Jaron Blossomgame - 4.5 PPG, 4.7 RPG (6-7, 215)
C #35 Landry Nnoko - 5.7 PPG, 6.2 RPG (6-10, 250)

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