Milestone hunting

CLEMSON - Brad Brownell has seven 20-win seasons during his coaching career. With a win on over Pittsburgh in Saturday's season finale, Clemson will improve to 20-10.

WHAT: Clemson vs. Pittsburgh
WHERE: Clemson, S.C. - Littlejohn Coliseum
WHEN: Saturday, Mar. 8 (4 p.m.)
TV: ACC Network (Tim Brant, Dave Odom)

For a team that was picked to finish 14th in the ACC, it would be quite an accomplishment.

"It's a significant number. I think it makes you feel good about what you've done," Brownell said. "It's kind of one of those numbers in sports, I think, means something to your team. Like 40 wins in [college] baseball, or if it's 10 wins in football, it just looks better.

"I don't know if it should feel that much different than 19, 39 or nine, whatever it is, but it probably does."

There's a certain perception that comes with the mark.

"I think, in the minds of fans, sometimes even administrators and writers and all that, it looks even bigger. But, as I'm saying this, it probably shouldn't be as significant," Brownell said. "It feels like it's one of those numbers that looks really good. Twenty looks a lot bigger than 19. I don't know why it does, but it does. But, in the long-term relevance, I don't know that there is that big a difference."

Hitting the 20-win mark on Saturday won't be an easy task. Clemson [19-10, 10-7 ACC] suffered its worst loss of the season at Pittsburgh [22-8, 10-7 ACC] in January.

"They played very well that night and deserve a lot of credit for the confidence in the play that their teams made," Brownell said. "Our team did not play well. We lost our confidence in the game. There's a myriad of reasons. That's long in the past. We've rebounded nicely from it."

Five days after that 76-43 romp, Clemson fell by 19 at UNC. In the 10 games since, they're 6-4.

Rod Hall thinks the Tigers have a different mindset since that two-game stumble.

"Coming into some games, as a team, I don't think everybody was fully locked in and believing we could win the game, some people were just hoping to win," Hall said. "Now, I think everybody is coming and just trying to win, doing the best they can."

Pittsburgh, 22-8 (10-7 ACC)
G #0 James Robinson - 7.8 PPG, 3.8 APG (6-3, 200)
G #3 Cameron Wright - 10.7 PPG, 3.7 RPG (6-4 205)
F #21 Lamar Patterson - 17.2 PPG, 4.6 RPG (6-5, 225)
F #2 Michael Young - 6.0 PPG, 4.9 RPG (6-8, 245)
C#42 Talib Zanna - 12.6 PPG, 8.3 RPG (6-9, 230)

Clemson, 19-10 (10-7 ACC)
G #12 Rod Hall - 9.6 PPG, 3.9 APG (6-1, 210)
G #21 Damarcus Harrison - 7.1 PPG, 2.3 RPG (5-11, 165)
F #32 K.J. McDaniels - 16.9 PPG, 7.2 RPG (6-6, 200)
F #5 Jaron Blossomgame - 4.6 PPG, 4.9 RPG (6-7, 215)
C #35 Landry Nnoko - 6.2 PPG, 6.2 RPG (6-10, 250) Top Stories