WHAT: Clemson at Furman
WHERE: Timmons Arena (3,000) - Greenville, S.C.
WHEN: Friday, November 16 (7 p.m.)
SPREAD: Clemson -9.5
TV: ESPN3 (Darren Goldwater, Nate Ross)
Friday’s game marks the first meeting in Greenville between the two schools since the 1992-93 game, which Clemson won, 82-59.
“We kind of had to do some two for ones with some teams, some of it in order to try and get as many home games as you can, in balancing schedules and kind of using your guarantee money,” Brownell said. “There are some different factors.
“We decided we wanted to try and do that with a few schools in the state, so that’s how it came about. We did it with The Citadel. We’re doing it with Coastal. In the past, we’ve done it with Charleston, so that’s kind of how it goes.”
With a trip to Orland for the Old Spice Classic on the schedule next week, Friday’s visit to Greenville will help a Clemson team that has four freshmen.
“It’s a good road trip for our guys. Taking young guys on the road is always a little bit challenging. You never know how guys are going to respond and react,” Brownell said. “We’ll probably face a little more adversity, won’t be in the same routine when we’re playing games here, so those will be some things we’ll adjust to.”
Clemson [1-0] is coming off of a 77-44 win over PC on Monday night while Furman [1-1] has beaten Southern Wesleyan, 90-71 and lost to Columbia, 68-47.
Furman is led by brothers Colin and Charlie Reddick, who average 13.5 and 10.5 points per game.
Charlie, a junior guard, “really shoots the 3 well,” Brownell said.
Colin, a senior forward, “is a big, strong kid that can score inside a little bit.”
Bryant Irwin also has potential as a matchup problem.
“He’s probably looked at as more a 3-type that plays the 4, so now, all of a sudden you’re guarding a shooter at the 4-spot, when in most games you don’t,” Brownell said. “They’ll put him in ball screens and make you react to that. It’ll be a game where Milton [Jennings] and Bernard [Sullivan] both will have to be really intelligent in their play, or he can sneak away from you.”
Led by seventh-year head coach Jeff Jackson, Furman is an up-tempo team that likes to get out into the open court.
“They’re playing fast, playing faster than maybe some of the other teams we’ve played,” Brownell said. “Transition, we’ve got to get back and get them slowed down.”
Clemson leads the overall series, 97-51, including a 40-30 record at Furman. The Tigers haven’t lost to Furman since 1977-78.
G #14 Stephen Croone - 5.5 PPG, 8 APG (6-0, 170)
G #22 Bobby Austin - 1.0 PPG, 1.0 APG (6-3, 200)
G #13 Charlie Reddick - 10.5 PPG, 5.0 RPG (6-5, 185)
F #15 Bryant Irwin - 8.5 PPG, 6.0 RPG (6-7, 220)
F #43 Collin Reddick - 13.5 PPG, 6.0 RPG (6-9, 240)
G #12 Rod Hall - 6.0 PPG, 5.0 APG (6-1, 210)
G #1 T.J. Sapp - 5.0 PPG, 3.0 APG (6-2, 180)
F #32 K.J. McDaniels - 8.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG (6-6, 200)
F #24 Milton Jennings - 15.0 PPG, 6.0 RPG (6-9, 225)
F #31 Devin Booker - 11.0 PPG, 5.0 RPG (6-8, 245)