Countdown to tipoff

Countdown to tipoff

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Countdown to tipoff

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By Will Vandervort.

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Clemson is looking for its second straight ACC road win tonight in Blacksburg, Va. The last time the Tigers won back-to-back road games in league play was in 2008-09. In the 61-year history of the ACC, Clemson has only managed back-to-back road wins over conference foes in just 10 different seasons.

 

GAME SETUP

CLEMSON (11-4, 2-1 ACC) vs. VIRGINIA TECH (8-7, 1-2 ACC)

Tipoff: 7 p.m.

Arena: Cassell Coliseum

Radio: CTSN (Pete Yanity-pbp; Tim Bourret-color)

TV: RSN (Wes Durham-pbp; Mike Gminski-color)

• The Tigers are coming off a 72-59 win over No. 13 Duke; it snapped the Blue Devils’ five-game winning streak in the series.

• James Johnson was an assistant at Clemson for 12 days before he was hired as head coach at Virginia Tech in 2012.

 

SERIES HISTORY

CU Series W-L record: Virginia Tech leads 15-13

Streak: The two teams have split the last six meetings

QUICK HITS

• Clemson has defeated Virginia Tech on three occasions at Cassell Coliseum since the Hokies joined the ACC in 2004-05. The Tigers’ last win in the facility was the 2008-09 season.

• The Tigers continue to lead the NCAA in both scoring defense (53.9) and three-point percentage defense (.246).

• Clemson held Duke to 59 points Saturday, the lowest point total of the season for the ACC’s highest scoring team.

• Three players registered double-doubles for Clemson against Duke, the first time that has happened since a 1985 game against Wake Forest.

• One of the players with a double-double was red-shirt freshman Jaron Blossomgame (14p, 14r), who was named ACC Rookie of the Week. He is Clemson’s first ACC Rookie of the Week since Terrence Oglesby earned the honor twice in 2007-08.

• K.J. McDaniels posted his third “20 & 10” game of the 2013-14 season against Duke to tie NC State’s T.J. Warren for the lead among ACC players.

 

PROJECTED STARTERS

Clemson

Pos         Player                   Hgt         Wgt        Class      ppg        Rebs

G             Rod Hall               6-1          210         Jr.           10.5        3.9

G             J. Roper               5-11       165         So.          9.6          2.6

F              K.J. McDaniels   6-6          200         Jr.           17.0        7.1

F              Blossomgame   6-7          215         Fr.           4.5          4.6

C             Landry Nnoko    6-10       250         So           5.7          7.0

 

Virginia Tech

Pos         Player                   Hgt         Wgt        Class      ppg        Rebs

G             D. Wilson            6-4          185         Fr.           7.2          4.9

G             B. Emelogu         6-5          205         Fr.           11.6        3.4

F              J. Eddie               6-7          220         Sr.           16.1        6.1

F              C.J. Barksdale    6-8          235         Jr.           9.4          5.0

F              J. van Zegeren   6-10       225         So.          4.7          4.9

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