Clemson (11-12) at Wake Forest (11-13)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday February 11th, 4:00 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: LJVM Coliseum (14,655) -- Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Television: RSN. Home Record: Clemson 8-5, WF 7-5. Away Record: Clemson 2-6, WF 3-6. Neutral Record: Clemson 1-1, WF 1-2. Conference Record: Clemson 3-6, WF 2-8. Series Record: Wake Forest leads, 98-54.
GAME NOTES: The Wake Forest Demon Deacons will attempt to end their losing streak as they return home to host the Clemson Tigers for an Atlantic Coast Conference tussle.
Clemson defeated Wake Forest 71-60 earlier this season. This will be the 153rd meeting in the all-time series. The Demon Deacons have a 98-54 lead in the history of the rivalry.
Clemson lost its third in a row on Tuesday as it fell 64-62 to the Maryland Terrapins. The Tigers' three losses have been by a combined eight points. Despite losing by very little margins, Clemson has not been impressive on the offensive end. The Tigers shot 34.9 percent from the floor and converted just 11-of-19 from the free throw line in the close loss to the Terps. Head coach Brad Brownell has placed a noticeable emphasis on defense this season, which has led to his team's second ranked scoring defense which allowed just 60.4 ppg.
Andre Young paces Clemson with 13.7 ppg on 40.7 percent shooting from the floor. The senior point guard has handed out 10 assists without a turnover in his last three games. Junior Devin Booker has been erupting lately. Booker has been the team's leading scorer and rebounding with averages of 14.3 points and 7.8 boards per game over the last four games. Tanner Smith and Milton Jennings provide additional scoring depth for the Tigers.
Wake Forest enters tonight's game with a five-game losing streak that has left it with a 11-13 overall record and a 2-8 mark in ACC play. Wake Forest was handed a 68-44 loss by the nationally-ranked Virginia Cavaliers on Wednesday. The Demon Deacons looked loss offensively against the Cavaliers, as they managed to make only 34.1 percent of their field goals to net 44 points, which was their second lowest scoring output of the season. Head coach Jeff Bzdelik's team will also have to improve on the defensive end if it wants to make a run in the ACC, as it ranks last in the league with an allowed average of 70.6 ppg.
The Demon Deacons are led by the ACC's top scoring duo of C.J. Harris and Travis McKie. Harris is ranked third in the conference in scoring with 17.2 ppg. McKie is a very close behind in fifth with an average of 15.8 ppg. McKie is also leading the team in rebounding with an average of 7.2 rpg. Ty Walker, Chase Fischer, and Nikita Mescheriakov all get into the mix on the offensive end, as does Tony Chennault, who is handing out 3.0 assists per game.
Wake Forest will need to completely forget about its miserable bout with Virginia and come out with a clean slate today. Clemson is just as hungry for a win, especially since all of its losses have been dramatic during the span of its losing streak. Harris and McKie will need help for Wake Forest to be victorious.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Wake Forest 67, Clemson 61
02/11 10:39:34 ET