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CLEMSON - There's no getting around it. Tuesday night's loss at Wake Forest dealt a serious blow to Clemson's NCAA Tournament hopes.

WHAT: Clemson vs. Maryland
WHERE: Clemson, S.C. - Littlejohn Coliseum
WHEN: Sunday, Mar. 2 (1 p.m.)
SPREAD: N/A
TV: ACC Network (Wes Durham, Bobby Cremins)

Sporting a 17-10 record [8-7 ACC], there is one week left in the regular season as Clemson tries to spruce up its tournament. With three games in the span of six days, a loss to Maryland, Miami and/or Pittsburgh could force the Tigers to run the table in Greensboro if they're going to get back to the big dance.

After getting home from Winston-Salem early Wednesday morning, Brad Brownell went to work on a few in-house adjustments.

"[Thursday], we spent, basically, all day talking about us," he said. "We watched film on Wake and just talked a little bit about the things we're doing well individually and the things we've got to do better, really spent a lot of time on us, keeping these guys' minds in a good place, in the right spot, their frame of mind for this week."

On Sunday, Maryland comes to Clemson for one last time as an ACC foe. Miami is due in Tuesday before the Pittsburgh makes its debut at Littlejohn.

"It's a busy week," Brownell said. "There are some good games this week, some tough games this week. There's a lot at stake. We're just trying to get our guys' minds in the right spot."

NCAA Tournament aspirations aside, the matchup with the Terps [15-13, 7-8 ACC] will command their complete attention.

"We're playing a very talented Maryland team, very good 3-point shooting team with good athletes," Brownell said. "Their record is not as good as the team really is. I should say I think, with Seth Allen being hurt earlier in the year and you look at their schedule, they played a tough schedule."

Allen is one of four starters that scores in double-figures [12.6]. Dez Wells leads the team with 14.8 points per game. Jake Layman and Evan Smotrycz average 11.9 and 10.8, respectively.

"I think this is a talented group that has lost a bunch of one-possession games. It's kind of been one of those years where things haven't gone their way," Brownell said. "We'll have to play really well to win, but looking forward to another opportunity to play in Littlejohn."

PROBABLE STARTERS
Maryland, 15-13 (7-8 ACC)
G #4 Seth Allen - 12.6 PPG, 3.0 APG (6-1, 190)
G #32 Dez Wells - 14.8 PPG, 4.4 RPG (6-5, 205)
F #10 Jake Layman - 11.9 PPG, 4.8 RPG (6-8, 205)
F #11 Evan Smotrycz - 10.8 PPG, 6.1 RPG (6-8, 230)
F#0 Charles Mitchell - 6.9 PPG, 6.4 RPG (6-9, 260)

Clemson, 17-10 (8-7)
G #12 Rod Hall - 9.1 PPG, 3.8 APG (6-1, 210)
G #21 Damarcus Harrison - 6.8 PPG, 2.4 RPG (6-4, 205)
F #32 K.J. McDaniels - 16.8 PPG, 6.9 RPG (6-6, 200)
F #5 Jaron Blossomgame - 4.6 PPG, 4.7 RPG (6-7, 215)
C #35 Landry Nnoko - 6.0 PPG, 6.1 RPG (6-10, 250)

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