Round 2 with the 'Noles

Brad Brownell

Turnovers played a big part in Clemson's first ACC loss of the season, a 56-41 defeat at the hands of Florida State.

WHAT: Clemson at Florida State
WHERE: Tallahassee, Fla. - Tucker Center
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 1 (3:05 p.m.)
SPREAD: N/A
TV: ESPN2 (Mark Jones, Sean Farnham)

Rod Hall was responsible for just one of the 18 that were committed in round one at Littlejohn Coliseum.

"We've just got to make smarter decisions and get a good shots when we have a chance to and don't pass up a good shot and try to make something else happen," Hall said. "That's how we made so many turnovers we had. We'd pass up a shot and try to make something else happen."

Brad Brownell said the Tigers "made a lot of poor decisions and got rattled" that night.

"Competitively, we were fine. We competed, we defended pretty well, we were on the boards in a lot of ways, but we just turned the ball over and couldn't get shots," he said.

On Saturday, Clemson [13-6, 4-3 ACC] heads to Tallahassee for a 3:05 rematch with Florida State [13-7, 4-4 ACC]. Both teams have lost their last two games.

"We need to play better, certainly," Brownell said. "We need to get our mojo back a little bit, just from the standpoint of believing that we're good and that we can compete with people, playing the kind of basketball that we need to play. We've gotten away from that a little bit."

Translation: Improve on the defensive end.

In Clemson's 76-43 loss at Pittsburgh, the Panthers shot 56 percent from the field and 53 percent from behind the 3-pointline. Against UNC, the Tar Heels knocked down 55 percent of their shots from the field and 44 percent from long-range.

"Certainly, the way the game has been played and us having to play uphill has been hard," Brownell said. "I think, as that's happened, for whatever reason, we've kind of lost some -- in the middle of the game, we've lost what is it we're trying to do. Some of that happens with younger teams."

Florida State is on a bit of a skid after a strong start in conference play, losing three of their last four. In each game, their opponents have scored at least 74 points.

Despite their recent struggles on the defensive end, Brownell is still wary of the Seminoles' size.

"They're so athletic and they're so long and their positioning is very good. They make it hard on you," Brownell said. "Like a lot of good teams, when they get in a good mindset, really getting after you, their length around the basket is a problem. They have versatile players that can do a lot of things defensively."

PROBABLE STARTERS
Florida State, 13-7 (4-4 ACC)
G #1 Devon Booker - 8.5 PPG, 3.3 RPG (6-4, 185)
G #32 Montay Brandon - 8.6 PPG, 5.3 RPG (6-7, 216)
F #10 Okara White - 16.2 PPG, 7.1 RPG (6-8, 214)
F #14 Robert Gilchrist - 4.3 PPG, 2.5 RPG (6-9, 220)
C #15 Boris Bojanovsky - 6.6 PPG, 2.9 RPG (7-3, 240)

Clemson, 13-6 (4-3)
G #12 Rod Hall - 9.6 PPG, 3.6 APG (6-1, 210)
G #21 Damarcus Harrison - 6.2 PPG, 2.5 RPG (5-11, 165)
F #32 K.J. McDaniels - 16.2 PPG, 7.1 RPG (6-6, 200)
F #33 Josh Smith - 2.0 PPG, 2.9 RPG (6-7, 215)
C #35 Landry Nnoko - 5.9 PPG, 6.4 RPG (6-10, 250)

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