Basketball and Baseball Preview Notes

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Basketball and Baseball Preview Notes

Tigers Begin The Gauntlet

Clemson's next seven games are as tough as any in the country.  I called last week “Deposit Week.”  It was a chance to get two wins before the schedule got extremely difficult.  Clemson took advantage, won both games and is now 13-4 overall and 4-1 in the conference.

Like most, I expect the Tigers to struggle over the next seven games.  In fact, I would take two wins in the next seven.  This would put the Tigers at 15-9 overall and 6-6 in the league.

Tonight's task is a tall one.  Pittsburgh is 16-2 overall and 4-1 in the league.  This is a tough, physical team that plays extremely well at home.  The Panthers are 11-0 at home this season and have been almost unbeatable at home under Jamie Dixon.

The Tigers win this past weekend should provide an excellent preview on one end of the floor.  I am not talking X and Os, but Wake Forest played extremely hard on the defensive end.  Clemson should expect the same intensity tonight.

A key to the Tigers' success of late is that they have been getting good efforts from a lot of different sources each game.  One night it might be Jaron BlossomgameJaron Blossomgame
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playing well like he did against Duke.  One night it might be a good defensive effort from Landry NnokoLandry Nnoko
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.  The Tigers have gotten a couple of good performances from Ibtahim Djambo, who played well against South Carolina and Wake Forest.  Siddy Djitte has also given some solid efforts on the boards.  Some nights Jordan RoperJordan Roper
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has been hot on the offensive end.  Other games have gotten good efforts from Rod HallRod Hall
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and Adonis FilerAdonis Filer
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has gotten a lot out of this team but we still need to remember they are challenged in many ways.  However, the staff has to be given credit for terrific game plans in recent games.

This team does the little things well.  They defend well in the post and have rebounded the ball well.  They are winning close games because of its terrific free throw shooting.

I believe the next challenge the staff and this team faces is a mental one.  They cannot get too down on themselves when things go south during this tough stretch.  It would be easy to get dejected with a bad effort on the road in several of these games.

They also have to keep an eye on the big picture.  One thing they have to be aware of is the cumulative effect of five of six games on the road.  It would be easy to get exhausted from the hostile environments and travel.  The next three weeks could be just as tough of a mental drain as it they are a physical drain.

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I had a chance to sit down with Clemson assistant coach Bradley LeCroyBradley LeCroy
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recently and I was ready for opening day by the time the conversation ended.  Lecroy and the baseball staff have worked very hard in recruiting and I think this is the best team Clemson has fielded in recent seasons.

I still have concerns about scoring runs, but this pitching staff should be one of the best in the country.  This will be a deep staff with talent from both sides.  Clemson has a good blend of experience and youth on this pitching staff.

One concern I have is the level of competition.  The ACC is absolutely loaded this season.  North Carolina, Virginia, NC State, Miami, Georgia Tech and Florida State are title contenders this season.

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