WHAT: Clemson at Wake Forest
WHERE: Winston Salem, N.C. - Joel Coliseum
WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 25 (7 p.m.)
SPREAD: Clemson -2
TV: RSN (Wes Durham, Mike Gminski)
Clemson hasn't won five ACC road games since Horace Grant and Elden Campbell led the 1986-87 team to a second-place finish in the league.
This year, Brad Brownell has guided his team to victories at Boston College, Virginia Tech, Florida State and Georgia Tech. The 7 p.m. tip at Wake Forest [14-13, 4-10 ACC] is the final road trip of the regular season for Clemson [17-8, 8-6 ACC].
"I'm proud of our guys for the way that they've played all year," Brownell said. "To get four ACC road wins is pretty good. It's really tough to do. That's probably why it hasn't been done much here.
"I understand that we play an extra game or two probably, but it's hard to win in this league on the road."
Case in point: Saturday's trip to Georgia Tech. After trailing 29-23 at the half, Clemson pulled away in the second half with a 63-55 win.
"I just think that we showed a little more mental toughness than we have at certain points in the last year or two," Brownell said. "Our guys just found a way to get it done, played really well down the stretch in a game that was important."
While Clemson was churning out a solid win at Georgia Tech, Wake Forest was getting run out of the gym in Chapel Hill.
"I think Wake Forest is coming off a game where they were embarrassed a little bit, much like we were when we played at North Carolina. We didn't play very well in that game and North Carolina is playing great basketball," Brownell said. "So, you kind of get a bad taste in your mouth. I think we'll see a team in Wake that's probably a little bit angry when we start, ready to compete.
"We've got to have ourselves ready to go, right from the outset."
Wake Forest's leading scorer, Codi Miller-McIntyre [13.6], was held to six points 3-of-14 shooting against Clemson in the Tigers' 61-53 win in January.
K.J. McDaniels had a game-high 15 points that Saturday afternoon.
"We know that since we've beat them one time, they're going to come at us twice as hard, especially since we're at their place," he said. "I feel like if we get this win, we'll have good confidence when we come back home and play well."
Wake Forest, 14-13 (4-10 ACC)
G #0 Codi Miller-McIntyre - 13.6 PPG, 3.0 RPG (6-3, 195)
G #1 Madison Jones - 3.7 PPG, 2.1 RPG (6-1, 160)
F #30 Travis McKie - 11.0 PPG, 4.3 RPG (6-7, 220)
F #45 Arnaud Adala Moto - 6.6 PPG, 5.4 RPG (6-9, 225)
F#2 Devin Thomas - 11.1 PPG, 7.9 RPG (6-9, 240)
Clemson, 17-9 (8-6)
G #12 Rod Hall - 9.1 PPG, 3.8 APG (6-1, 210)
G #21 Damarcus Harrison - 6.5 PPG, 2.3 RPG (6-4, 205)
F #32 K.J. McDaniels - 17.0 PPG, 7.1 RPG (6-6, 200)
F #5 Jaron Blossomgame - 4.4 PPG, 4.7 RPG (6-7, 215)
C #35 Landry Nnoko - 6.0 PPG, 6.1 RPG (6-10, 250)
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