Brad Brownell says winning making Georgia Tech a better, more confident team

'They're a team that's playing very well right now. They...won a couple games and got some confidence'

Clemson forward K.J. McDaniels defends Georgia Tech's Kammeon Holsey in the second half.

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Clemson forward K.J. McDaniels defends Georgia Tech's Kammeon Holsey in the second half.

Brad Brownell doesn't expect much of a change from the Georgia Tech team that Clemson defeated 63-60 two weeks ago when the Tigers meet in Atlanta on Thursday night.

At the time the Tigers played Tech, the Yellow Jackets were already starting to find their footing in the ACC after one of the league's most difficult starts.

"I don't think Georgia Tech is going to change a whole lot," said Brownell during the ACC coaches' teleconference on Monday. "They're a team that's playing very well right now. They played a difficult part of the ACC schedule at the beginning, and won a couple games and got some confidence."

Brownell says Tech's size gives opponents match-up problems inside, and that the Yellow Jackets young perimeter players are growing into their roles.

"Bolden and Marcus Georges Hunt are good players," Brownell said. "As you get later in the season, I think guys are more comfortable and have now been through enough ACC games that they should feel comfortable, confident and ready to play.

"I just think playing with a little more confidence sometimes and a couple wins sometimes just helps you get yourself going a little bit and get your team in the right mind set for better practices and the next game."

The Tigers are currently tied for eighth place in the ACC standings with Wake Forest, both at 4-7. Clemson has lost its last three games.

At 3-7, Georgia Tech trails the Tigers by a half-game, but the Yellow Jackets have won two of their last three and three of their last five league games.

Clemson 0-5 in ACC road games this season.

One of the key players for Tech is 6-8 forward Kammeon Holsey, who comes off the bench and is Tech's third leading scorer and rebounder.

"I think he's a very good player - a guy that would be starting on most of the teams in our league in all honesty," said Brownell. "I think he's physical, he's a competitor, and he rebounds it well. He can drive it a little bit. He's just a very hard playing, physical type power forward - the big body type guy that goes through you, doesn't much go around you. I think he brings an intensity level that's very good."

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