Clemson coach Brad Browenll previews Florida State game
Brad Brownell did not want to talk about Clemson’s resume early in the season as the Tigers piled up wins with an eye on making the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2010-11 season.
But now that No. 18 Clemson (21-7, 10-6 ACC) has an RPI of 10 and is being projected to be a top 5 seed, Brownell is not afraid to say he is proud of the Tigers’ success.
Clemson has an opportunity to set a school record for ACC wins if it can earn a victory over Florida State Wednesday night.
“For us to not be sweating bullets here the last two weeks of the season, I’m extremely proud of our team,” Brownell said Tuesday. “What we’ve been able to accomplish this year with what we’ve had to deal with -- with some injuries and some setbacks and things, our guys have done unbelievably well.”
Clemson will have another chance to improve its resume in a game that will help decide if the Tigers earn a top four seed and a double bye for next week’s ACC tournament.
Clemson is tied with N.C. State for the No. 4 seed, 1.5 games back of Duke and a game behind North Carolina.
The Tigers will close out the regular season Saturday at Syracuse.
Brownell has said that he would love for the Tigers to earn a double bye, but with N.C. State holding the head-to-head tiebreaker he is only worried about what Clemson can control.
This is the second time in two weeks that Clemson and Florida State have played. The Tigers blew an 18-point second-half lead the last time in a game that started a three-game losing streak. Clemson struggled with 21 turnovers.
“Great size, length, athleticism, really come after you … and you’ve got to rebound the fire out of the ball when you play them,” Brownell said of FSU. “They pressure pretty much most games and they get after you both at the half and full court. It’s a difficult team to run your normal offense against because they don’t allow you to make as many passes, so you’ve got to make some adjustments.”
Who: No. 18 Clemson (21-7, 10-6 ACC) vs. FSU (19-9, 8-8)
Where: Littlejohn Coliseum
When: Wednesday, 9 p.m.