WHAT: Clemson at No. 16 Virginia
WHERE: John Paul Jones Arena (14,593) - Charlottesville, Va.
WHEN: Tuesday, January 31 (7 p.m.)
SPREAD: Virginia -8.5
TV: ESPN2, ESPN3 (Mike Patrick, Len Elmore)
Under the guidance of second-year head coach Tony Bennett, the
Cavaliers are led by Mike Scott, who's fourth in the ACC in scoring [16.7]
and sixth in rebounding [8.3].
"I think Mike Scott is one of the two or three best players in this
league," said Brad Brownell. "He scores. He scores when he's
guarded, makes tough shots. He's a big part of their success.
"But I think Tony's done a good job of implementing their system.
Defensively, they're as good as anybody you play. They'll be hard to score
against. I would expect a low scoring game."
It's a similar style of play that Brownell has employed during his career.
"There are some things that are similar [now]," he said. "In fact,
defensively, I played more like Tony does at Wright State and at
"We didn't pressure the ball as much. We weren't full court, picking up
the ball. We played more pack line. It wasn't exactly the same, but it was
similar. Since I've come here, I've been a little more aggressive in our
Part of the thought there was to keep the defensive pressure high was to
stay inline with the full-court press Oliver Purnell implemented
during his time at Clemson.
"I made some decisions to still pressure, maybe do some things they were
used to doing in aggressiveness and defense, because I also felt like we
needed to knock some balls loose and get some turnovers for points,"
Brownell said. "I think our team this year needs it as well. We're not as
good to just come down and execute all the time.
"The similarities [with Virginia] are we both play man. Our man is more
aggressive than their's. The similarities are we both run motion
offenses…in general, our styles have a lot of similarities, as opposed to
Tuesday night's game will feature the top two scoring defenses in the ACC.
Virginia leads the conference by allowing just 50.6 points per game.
Clemson is second, yielding 59.7 points per game to the opposition.
Virginia leads the all-time series, 66-51, including a 39-17 edge in Charlottesville.
The Cavaliers also won last year's matchup, 49-47 but have lost three of the last five overall to the Tigers.
Virginia (17-3, 4-2)
G #1 Jontel Evans (5-11, 188) - 6.1 PPG, 1.9 RPG
G #12 Joe Harris (6-6, 211) - 12.3 PPG, 4.2 RPG
G #13 Sammy Zelinski (6-1, 184) - 9.1 PPG, 3 RPG
F #23 Mike Scott (6-8, 237) - 16.7 PPG, 8.3 RPG
C #25 Akil Mitchell (6-8, 234) - 3.8 PPG, 3.9 RPG
Clemson (11-9, 3-3)
G #11 Andre Young (5-9, 170) - 13.9 PPG, 3 RPG
G #5 Tanner Smith (6-5, 210) - 11.1 PPG, 5.5 RPG
F #21 Bryan Narcisse (6-2, 225) - 3.1 PPG, 2.7 RPG
F #24 Milton Jennings (6-9, 225) - 8.9 PPG, 5.4 RPG
F #31 Devin Booker (6-8, 245) - 10.7 PPG, 6.8 RPG
Previewing No. 16 Virginia
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