WHAT: Virginia Tech at Clemson
WHERE: Littlejohn Coliseum (10,000) - Clemson, S.C.
WHEN: Saturday, Mar. 5 (12 p.m.)
SPREAD: Clemson by 3.5
A win over Virginia Tech (19-9, 9-6 ACC) would help Clemson (19-10, 8-7 ACC) in securing an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. A loss would move the Tigers closer to the NIT, which they'd likely be seeded high enough in to serve as a host site.
Saturday's noon meeting with the Hokies is Senior Day in Tigertown.
"It's hard to believe," Stitt said. "Me and Jerai have been here for four years. We always talk about it. It's flown by for us. It's really been fun for me…it just seemed like we were freshmen a couple of days ago."
Prior to the game, Grant, Stitt and former walk-ons Zavier Anderson and Jonah Baize will be honored for their four years with the program.
"It's been a great four years. The experiences that we've had here are priceless. I wouldn't trade them for anything else," Grant said.
Standing in their way of going out on a high-note, of course, is a Virginia Tech team that was defeated earlier this week on its Senior Night.
The Hokies are led by a pair of seniors—guard Malcolm Delaney and forward Jeff Allen. Delaney leads the team in points per game (18.8). Allen averages a double-double (18.8 points and 10.2 rebounds).
"Delaney and Allen, I think Allen scored 1,600 points in his career and Delaney has got 2,000. Maybe he has over 2,000," said Clemson head coach Brad Brownell. "You don't have many teams with guys that score that much. That's a lot of points. Those are two high-level players."
He also mentioned sophomore guard Erick Green as a player who's on the rise.
"He's an emerging young guard who I think is going to be very good in this league," Brownell said.
The winner of Saturday's game secures a fourth-place finish in the ACC and a first-round bye in the conference tournament.
"I think it helps," Brownell said of the potential for an ACC Tournament bye. "I think it's beneficial, in terms of playing consecutive days and having to beat the kind of competition you have to beat [on] successive days, maybe even a little more with our style—how much we pick up the ball and how much we're in the passing lanes.
"I think we exert a ton of effort with the way we play, so sometimes that can be a little challenging, in terms of consecutive days and trying to put that together. Having to do three instead of four would be an advantage."
Virginia Tech (19-9, 9-6)
G #11 Erick Green (6-4, 185) - 11.5 PPG, 2.4 RPG
G #23 Malcolm Delaney (6-3, 190) - 18.8 PPG, 4.2 RPG
F #1 Terrell Bell (6-7, 205) - 7.1 PPG, 5.5 RPG
F #0 Jeff Allen (6-7, 230) - 14 PPG, 10.2 RPG
F #14 Victor Davilla (6-8, 245) - 7.7 PPG, 5.4 RPG
Clemson (19-10, 8-7)
G #2 Demontez Stitt (6-2, 180) - 14.1 PPG, 4.4 RPG
G #11 Andre Young (5-9, 170) - 10.8 PPG, 2.8 APG
G #5 Tanner Smith (6-5, 210) - 7.7 PPG, 3.4 RPG
F #45 Jerai Grant (6-8, 230) - 12.2 PPG, 6.7 RPG
F #31 Devin Booker (6-8, 245) - 7.8 PPG, 5.3 RPG
Whose bubble will burst?
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