1-2 on the road trip without Markell makes this is a much needed game in the friendly confines of PNC Arena. Any chance at an NCAA tourney appearance likely hinges on Johnson's return ASAP. If his injury lingers for a couple more weeks or more I think we begin the shift into "wait till next season" mode.
The Tigers are beatable without him, however, and I suspect we'll be about 4 point favorites at least come Saturday (assuming he misses the game).
Thus it feels like Clemson becomes a critical game which we need to put in the W column.