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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, January 15, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Littlejohn Coliseum (10,000) -- Clemson, South Carolina. Television: ESPNU. Home Record: Wake Forest 7-2. Clemson 5-3. Away Record: Wake Forest 1-2, Clemson 2-2. Neutral Record: Wake Forest 1-2, Clemson 2-1. Conference Record: Wake Forest 2-1, Clemson 1-2. Series Record: Wake Forest leads, 98-55.
GAMES NOTES: Coming off their first conference victory of the season the Clemson Tigers take aim at their second when they host the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in an Atlantic Coast Conference affair at Littlejohn Coliseum.
The Demon Deacons have been on a bit of a hot streak of late with wins in five of their last six games. The Demon Deacons got by Boston College, 75-72, on Saturday to move to 9-6 overall and 2-1 in ACC play. Wake has played just three games on the road this season and has earned just one win.
After losing to Florida State and then No.1 Duke, Clemson managed to get a win against Virginia (59-44) to finally break through in the ACC. The Tigers are also 9-6 overall but have not been overly successful at home where they have five wins in eight chances.
A year ago Clemson earned a series sweep, making it three in a row for the Tigers against Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons still have a huge advantage all- time, with a 98-55 record against the Tigers.
In the second half Wake Forest lead by as many as 11 points against Boston College but had that lead sliced to a single point (71-70) with 1:39 remaining. The Demon Deacons managed to get a layup from Madison Jones and a pair of free throws in the final two minutes, while forcing a pair of Eagles' turnovers to escape with the win.
The combination of C.J. Harris and Travis McKie has been the driving force for Wake Forest. Harris (15.7 ppg) is the team's leading scorer and has been doing so by shooting a stellar 53.7 percent from the field. Harris can shoot from just about anywhere on the floor with alarming frequency as he connects on 44.8 percent of his 3-point attempts. McKie, a 6-foot-7 forward, is just behind Harris in scoring (15.2 ppg), while leading the team in rebounding (7.5 pg). The Demon Deacons don't have a ton of depth beyond that with only Codi Miller-McIntyre (8.1 ppg) scoring better than six points per game.
The Tigers hampered Virginia defensively and rode a 76.9 percent shooting effort in the second half to top the Cavaliers. The Tigers held Virginia to just 35.4 percent shooting overall and also had a 19-5 edge on points from the free-throw line.
The defensive effort Clemson put forth against Virginia was not totally out of the ordinary. The Tigers are only allowing 56.2 points per game on an even 40 percent shooting to opponents. Devin Booker (12.1 ppg, 8.1 rpg) is the top scorer and rebounder on the roster. The 6-foot-8 forward is sixth in the ACC in rebounding. K.J. McDaniels (10.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg) and Milton Jennings (10.6 ppg, 5.7 rpg) are also double-figure scorers and provide the team with a little scoring depth. .
If Clemson can continue its defensive success and limit Harris and McKie at home, the Tigers could very well be on their way to another conference victory.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Clemson 68, Wake Forest 64
01/15 10:33:41 ET
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