Rejuvenated Tigers Take on Georgia Tech

CLEMSON – Getting a win a week ago over a ranked Maryland team seems to have rejuvenated the Clemson basketball team. <BR>

And if the Tigers can manage another win against ranked Georgia Tech Tuesday night at Littlejohn Coliseum, then they will look to be well on their way to an invite to the NIT.

Clemson (11-10, 2-7 ACC) needs four more wins the rest of the way to qualify for the postseason. And with home games remaining against Georgia, Miami, Virginia Tech and Florida State, the NIT is certainly within reach.

"This game (Tuesday) can really define what we can do," freshman forward Sam Perry said. "We can start a run toward postseason play and get us right back in the pack with the rest of the ACC."

While it is still premature to talk about the NIT, making the postseason has been the goal of the Tigers since the very first day of practice.

"I think anything that says our program is moving in the right direction is good for the program," Clemson coach Oliver Purnell said. "Any little nugget always helps."

In the Yellow Jackets (13-7, 4-5 ACC), Clemson faces a team that is winless on the road in conference play despite making it to the national championship game last year.

When asked who the only ACC team without a road win in league play, Perry guessed Virginia and N.C. State. When told it was the Yellow Jackets, he was more than a little surprised. "We want to keep that stat alive," Perry said. "That's something to think about going into (Wednesday's) game. We want to keep that alive."

They are also without star guard B.J. Elder, who has a hamstring injury. Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt said Elder would be a game time decision. However, it's unlikely he will see any action.

"Obviously he's a great player if he's healthy," Purnell said. "But at the same time, you've got to work him in. He might be the shot in the arm that they need."

One of the major unknowns about Wednesday's game is how the Tigers handle being off a week after such a big win. Can they maintain the momentum?

The players think so and are grateful for being off the last week.

"The schedule is starting to play in our favor," freshman forward James Mays said. "We've some time off and other teams are starting to play back-to-back games."

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