In Brad Brownell's View
Overall thoughts: “I really thought we had a solid defensive performance by our entire team. It was a key to our win. Certainly when you have K.J. (McDaniels), (Devin) Booker, and Landry (Nnoko) getting blocked shots at the rim, it helps. I thought we did a good job on C.J. Harris, who is a tremendously talented offensive scorer. I thought our guys really locked in on some scouting situations with him. I thought we played fairly well on offense, and were very opportunistic. It was good to have Jordan (Roper) back making some threes. It was also good to get Booker some touches.”
On McDaniels’ offensive aggressiveness: “I think there were just more transition opportunities. When the game is in transition, he is a better player. I have said all season we really need to work to get him to become a better half court player. There are times he has a hard time creating his own shots and that’s something we have really tried to work on.”
On Clemson's defensive intensity: “I thought it was really good. I thought we had a good game plan. I was proud of our preparedness, and our guys’ attentiveness in practice the past two days. If you do a good job on Harris, and even (Travis) McKie we did a good job as well. Obviously with all the blocks, we gave up some offensive rebounds with all the blocks. You have got to be impressed with our field goal percentage defense."
On the Tigers' game plan for Harris: “We just wanted to make it harder on him. We wanted to know where he was and find him in transition. We wanted to slow them down on transition. Obviously there were some times where we did not hustle, or we were not in the right position, but I thought for 35 of the 40 minutes we had really good transition defense.”
Clemson held Wake Forest to 44 points, the second consecutive opponent to score less than 45 against the Tigers. This marks the first time in Clemson history the Tigers have held consecutive ACC opponents under 45 points. The closest previous occurrence was Jan. 10 and 13, 1959 when Clemson beat Maryland 55-46 and lost at Duke 41-45 in consecutive ACC games.
This is the first time since the 2009-10 season that Clemson held consecutive opponents (non-conference or conference) to under 45 points. In the first two games of that season, November 13 and 17th, Clemson beat Presbyterian (84-41) and Liberty (79-39) in consecutive games.
Clemson is now 19-1 under Brad Brownell when holding the opposition to 50 points or less.
Wake Forest shot just 24.6 percent from the field (15-61). That is the best field goal percentage defense by the Tigers in an ACC game since Jan. 4, 1964 when Wake Forest shot 20 percent on 13-65 shooting in a game at Winston- Salem against the Tigers. Clemson won that game 87-61. Tonight's game was the second best field goal percentage defense by the Tigers in any ACC game and the 10th best in any game in Clemson history.
Clemson's field goal percentage defense was the best in an ACC game so far this year and the fourth best by an ACC team in any game so far this season.
Clemson held Wake Forest scoring leader C.J. Harris scoreless the last 31:48 of the game. His last points came on two free throws with 8:12 left in the first half. He had scored 21.3 points per game for Wake Forest's first three ACC games. He had scored in double figures in 13 of the first 15 and was coming off a 29-point outing against Boston College.
Clemson has won four in a row over Wake Forest and all the wins have been by double digits. It is the first time Clemson has beaten an ACC opponent four times in a row by double digits since 2007-10 when Clemson did that against Boston College.
K.J. McDaniels had seven blocked shots in the game, his career high, and the most by a Clemson player 6-6 or shorter in history. McDaniels now has 36 blocks for the year, a season record for a Clemson player 6-6 or shorter. The previous mark was 31 by Derrick Forrest, a 6-3 guard who played on Clemson's 1988-89 and 1989-90 teams. Forrest had 31 in 1989-90.
McDaniels' seven blocks were the most by any ACC player so far this year. Reggie Johnson had six for Miami against UMASS on December 1, 2012 for the previous high.
McDaniels needs just three more blocks to set the Clemson career record for blocks by a player 6-6 or shorter. Sam Perry has that mark with 58 between 2004-08. McDaniels, only a sophomore, now has 56 blocks in his career.
Freshmen Adonis Filer (13) and Jordan Roper (9) combined for 22 points and shot 4-of-6 on three-point shots. They had just one combined turnover in 40 minutes. They combined for 34 points in a win over The Citadel on Jan. 1 and that is their season high as a duo.