Hurricane season in Littlejohn

Miami has the resume of a team that doesn't have much to play for, but with less than a week left in the regular season Jim Larranaga's team is on a roll.

WHAT: Clemson vs. Miami
WHERE: Clemson, S.C. - Littlejohn Coliseum
WHEN: Tuesday, Mar. 4 (8 p.m.)
TV: ACC Network

After opening February with back-to-back home losses to Pittsburgh and N.C. State, Miami has won four of its last six games, including an 85-70 win in Raleigh on Saturday.

"I think the way they've played on the road -- Jim has done a good job. They're 4-4 in the ACC on the road, so they certainly are calm. The environment doesn't bother them," Brad Brownell said. "The zone helps them keep the games close. They've been tough minded and found ways to win. They're playing good basketball. "

On Tuesday, Clemson [18-10, 9-7 ACC] and Miami [15-14, 6-10 ACC] will square off for an 8 p.m. tipoff at Littlejohn Coliseum.

The Hurricanes are led by senior guards Rion Brown and Garrius Adams, who are averaging 15.0 and 10.1 points per game, respectively.

"Adams was out last year, but I always felt like he was a good player, certainly a versatile guy that has length that can make some 3s, handles the ball well, makes good decisions," Brownell said. "Brown has kind of taken another step as a player. He was a good player on a great team and now he's a very good player."

Despite every major contributor from last year's Sweet 16 team, Larranaga could start as many as four seniors on Tuesday night.

"They have an older group. When you watch them on film, the one thing -- physically, Miami is a big, strong team," Brownell said.

The biggest and the strongest of the Canes is center Tonye Jekiri, who Clemson recruited out of high school.

"I think [Jekiri] does a great job of manning the paint for them in their zone," Brownell said. "The kid Erik Swoope is having a really good second half of the season, really good ACC play and I think is a tremendous athlete. He does some really good things on both ends."

For Clemson, Tuesday's game will come just over 48 hours after their double overtime win against Maryland. Because of that quick turnaround, Brownell will make Monday a light workday.

"We're not going to do much, in terms of practice," he said. "We had several guys play 40-plus minutes and a couple of guys play in the 30s. We'll get some extra work in for the guys that didn't play quite as much. They'll get some extra work in.

"We'll just kind of run through some things with Miami's zone and how we're going to attack it. Defensively, a few things to prepare for, probably in walk-thru mode. We'll probably have a meeting tonight, then just have shoot-around and do the best we can to get ready to go."

Miami, 15-14 (6-10 ACC)
G #25 Garrius Adams - 10.1 PPG, 2.9 APG (6-6, 220)
G #15 Rion Brown - 15.0 PPG, 6.2 RPG (6-6, 211)
F #21 Erik Swoope - 4.1 PPG, 2.4 RPG (6-5, 220)
F #4 Raphael Akpejiori - 0.8 PPG, 1.9 RPG (6-9, 241)
C#23 Tonye Jekiri - 4.1 PPG, 5.1 RPG (7-0, 235)

Clemson, 18-10 (9-7)
G #12 Rod Hall - 9.4 PPG, 3.0 APG (6-1, 210)
G #21 Damarcus Harrison - 6.9 PPG, 2.4 RPG (6-4, 205)
F #32 K.J. McDaniels - 17.1 PPG, 7.2 RPG (6-6, 200)
F #5 Jaron Blossomgame - 4.6 PPG, 4.8 RPG (6-7, 215)
C #35 Landry Nnoko - 6.2 PPG, 6.2 RPG (6-10, 250) Top Stories