Clemson will look to bounce back from two disappointing home losses Wednesday night against Georgia in the Bi-Lo Center. The Tigers held the lead in the last two games, but were unable to close the deal in the second half both times.
The Bulldogs come in having lost 11 of their last 12 games, and desperately needing a win. Georgia has seen their program dwindled by NCAA violations and other disciplinary actions. Georgia is coached by former Clemson assistant Dennis Felton.
Felton's team is led by Levi Stukes and Sundiata Gaines. Gaines is a talented young player, who has played well for the Bulldogs this year. Stukes is solid veteran that will present problems from the perimeter.
One major concern going into tomorrow nights game is the mindset of the Tigers. The loss to Miami on Saturday may have been a backbreaker. Now, the Tigers have to win four of the final six games to be eligible for the post season. Seniors Sharrod Ford and Olu Babalola have to step up and lead this team.
Cheyenne Moore gave a great spark to the Tigers hitting four threes against Miami on Saturday. Moore could be return to the starting lineup on Wednesday as a reward for his performance.
The bottom line for Wednesday night is this will be the last time that Clemson will be favored on the year. This is a game they should and need to win, but should not take Georgia for granted. The challenge that faces the coaching staff is convincing the team this is just as important as any conference game.
A win tomorrow night and the Tigers still have hope for the postseason, but slip up and the Tigers can begin thinking about next year.