What: No. 14 Clemson (17-0, 3-0 ACC) at Maryland (14-3, 0-2 ACC)
Where: Comcast Center
When: 2 p.m., Saturday
A win at College Park wouldn't be that surprising in the least. After all, the Tigers have beaten coach Gary Williams and his Maryland team four straight times.
"Even if that (loss) didn't happen, we were expecting an angry team," Clemson guard K.C. Rivers said. "We've beat them four times in a row and they don't want it let it get to five times."
But what makes the Tigers unique from teams past is that this squad doesn't care one way or the other what Maryland did. They couldn't care less.
"I guess it's going to initiate them to play even harder," Clemson forward James Mays said. "But it doesn't matter as long as we come out and play hard like we can. … They're going to come out with their ‘A' game and have a chip on their shoulder."
They realize that in every game, they're going to get the best shot from the opposition. Each team wants to be the one to end Clemson's streak of being the last undefeated team in the nation.
"We have to understand the Xs on our chest is even bigger now," Rivers said. "We can't buy into (the hype). We just have to go out and play. We have to put all the records behind us and just go out and play.
"We're a more composed team. We don't get rattled easy. We're going to fight you to the end. We're not out there playing uptight. We're out there having fun and playing loose."
Even when they're not on the floor, this team is about as happy-go-lucky as they can be. It's blatantly obvious they're not letting any stress or pressure get to them.
"It's exciting and fun," Mays said. "That's the feeling that we want to have with our student body and community. … Two years ago there would have been 200 people watching us.
"It's not shocking to us but it's shocking to a lot of other people. I really feel Clemson basketball is in a new era with Coach (Oliver) Purnell here. The more we keep winning, the more big recruits will want to come here."
PROBABLE STARTING LINEUPS
No. 14 Clemson (17-0, 3-0 ACC)
G 3 Vernon Hamilton (6-0, 195) 11.6 ppg, 4.1 apg
G 25 Cliff Hammonds (6-3, 197) 10.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg
C 35 Trevor Booker (6-7, 215) 9.9 ppg, 6.8 rpg
F 32 Sam Perry (6-5, 208) 4.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg
F 40 James Mays (6-9, 222) 12.9 ppg, 7.3 rpg
Maryland (14-3, 0-2 ACC)
G 21 Greievis Vaszuez (6-5, 195) 8.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg
G 2 D.J. Strawberry (6-5, 201) 15.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg
C 25 Ekene Ibekwe (6-9, 220) 10.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg
F 15 James Gist (6-8, 223) 11.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg
F 23 Mike Jones (6-5, 204) 13.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg
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