After routing NC State on Tuesday in Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson will travel to Atlanta on Saturday to face Georgia Tech. The Tigers (16-9, 7-6 ACC) have a great opportunity to improve their record and positioning as they attempt to make the NCAA Tournament. Though Clemson is an outside contender for an at large bid, the Tigers’ schedule is set up so they could make a strong finish in conference play and potentially win out. With only one of their remaining opponents having a record over .500 and three out of five at home, Clemson has a great chance finish the season on a run.
Clemson will face Georgia Tech this weekend, a team they defeated 45-41 earlier this season in Littlejohn. The Tigers struggled offensively but were able to hold off the Jackets attempt to gain a road win with a late push that sealed the game for Clemson. The Tigers’ biggest problem the first time the teams played was Daniel Miller, the Jackets’ 6’11″ and very talented senior center. Miller went 9-13 from the field with 18 points and 8 rebounds in one of his best games of the season. If Clemson can slow down Miller, they will have a great chance to once again shut down the Georgia Tech offense. Miller was the only Yellow Jacket who scored in double figures, the next closest being Marcus Georges-Hunt who had 9 points on 1 of 13 shooting.
An issue the Tigers did not have to deal with in the last game was Georgia Tech forward, Robert Carter, Jr. Carter was out with an injury during the first game but has recently returned to the squad to make a large impact. When he has been active, Carter has averaged just over 10 points a game with almost 9 rebounds. If Clemson can also limit the impact of Carter, the rest of the Georgia Tech team does not have the offensive fire power to really threaten the Tigers. Clemson had one of its best offensive games against NC State on Tuesday, and if they can score as consistently as they did then, they should have no problem against the Yellow Jackets.