WHAT: Clemson at Boston College
WHERE: Silvio O. Conte Forum (8,606) – Chestnut Hill, Mass.
WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 12 (7 p.m.)
SPREAD: Clemson -8
TV: ESPN2 (Bob Wischusen, Len Elmore)
But try five freshmen in the starting lineup.
That’s the challenge presented to Boston College head coach Steve Donahue.
The second-year head coach, who did majority of his class of 2011 recruiting in California, has three freshmen starters from the Golden State -- point guard Jordan Daniels, shooting guard Lonnie Jackson and power forward Ryan Anderson.
The other two from Donahue’s starting five, Dennis Clifford and Patrick Heckmann, are from Massachusetts and Germany, respectively.
“I really like their big kid Clifford and their forward Anderson,” Brownell said. “I think those guys are going to be very good in our league.”
Anderson leads the Eagles in rebounds with 6.4 a game and is third on the team in scoring with 9.7 points per game. Clifford is first in field goal percentage [61 percent] and fourth in scoring [9.1].
Five of the top six scorers for Boston College are freshmen.
“Coach Donahue is dealing with a lot of the things you deal with, with a young team -- inconsistencies, at times,” Brownell said. “I think a good, talented team that played pretty well against [North] Carolina.”
Boston College dropped to 5-10 [0-1 ACC] on the season with Saturday night’s 83-60 loss at North Carolina while Clemson improved to 9-6 [1-0 ACC] after the 79-59 win over Florida State.
Senior guard Andre Young leads Clemson in scoring at 13.2 points per game. (Getty Images)
Despite the Eagles’ losing record, Tanner Smith is impressed with all the young talent Donahue has stockpiled in year two at Chestnut Hill.
“They were down nine points with a few minutes to go at Carolina… they have guys that can score the ball. They’re coached very well,” Smith said. “What we need to do is establish the energy and momentum that we had here and try to bring it up to Boston.”
A win at Boston College would bump give Clemson a 2-0 start and a nice wave of momentum into Sunday night’s showdown with Duke.
“If you can get one on the road, it’s big. We just need to keep working hard and make sure that we do what we need to do when we get up there,” Smith said.
Clemson leads the all-time series against B.C., 10-4. The Tigers last beat the Eagles in the first round of the 2011 ACC Tournament, 70-47.
Boston college (5-10, 0-1)
G #10 Jordan Daniels (5-8, 153) - 4.9 PPG, 1.3 RPG
G #20 Lonnie Jackson (6-3, 168) - 7 PPG, 2.7 RPG
G #33 Patrick Heckmann (6-5, 192) - 11.1 PPG, 3.3 RPG
F #13 Ryan Anderson (6-8, 229) - 9.7 PPG, 6.4 RPG
C #24 Dennis Clifford (7-0, 238) - 9.1 PPG, 5.3 RPG
Clemson (9-6, 1-0)
G #1 T.J. Sapp (6-2, 180) - 5.3 PPG, 2.1 RPG
G #11 Andre Young (5-9, 170) - 13.2 PPG, 3.3 RPG
G #5 Tanner Smith (6-5, 210) - 10.8 PPG, 5.7 RPG
F #24 Milton Jennings (6-9, 225) - 8.7 PPG, 5.13 RPG
F #31 Devin Booker (6-8, 245) - 10.7 PPG, 6.7 RPG