Previewing Virginia Tech

CLEMSON - Brad Brownell will take his squad back to Virginia for the second time this week.

WHAT: Clemson at Virginia Tech
WHERE: Cassell Coliseum (9,847) - Blacksburg, Va.
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 4 (4 p.m.)
TV: Regional Sports Network (Mike Hogwood, Cory Alexander)

This Saturday at 4 p.m., Clemson [11-10, 3-4 ACC] will square off with Virginia Tech [12-10, 1-6 ACC] at Cassell Coliseum.

The Hokies are led by guards Erick Green and Dorenzo Hudson, who average 16 and 11.6 points, respectively.

"They're pretty much the catalyst for their team," said Andre Young, who leads Clemson with 13.6 points per game. "They're leading scorers. It's going to be tough to stop those guys. They're talented players, but our team is looking forward to the challenge."

Said Brownell: "I think Green is just a terrific player. I think he can get his own shot. He's tall and long…he can put it on the ground and score. He can make 3's. He's a good defender. He usually gets a steal or two. They put the ball in his hands a lot. It's hard to keep him from getting 16 points.

"Hudson, I think, is a different kind of player. I think he's a guy that they post up in their offense around the basket. That could be problematic for us. We may have to do some things like double the post, to keep him from scoring. The other thing, I think, he does is make 3's. He doesn't quite have the middle [range] game that some guys have, but he's got a big, strong body. He's older. He's confident."

Like Clemson, Virginia Tech is coming off a loss from earlier in the week. Duke won in Blacksburg, 75-60, on Thursday night.

"We're going to face a team that's really hungry," Brownell said. "They didn't play as well last night against Duke as they've been playing. I'm sure they're having a very spirited practice [on Friday]."

Milton Jennings, who was suspended indefinitely from the team earlier this week will not be with the Tigers when they travel to Blacksburg.

PROBABLE STARTERS
Virginia Tech (12-10, 1-6)
G #10 Marquis Rankin (6-1, 165) - 2.4 PPG, 1.1 RPG
G #11 Erick Green (6-3, 185) - 16 PPG, 3.5 RPG
G #31 Jarell Eddie (6-7, 218) - 9.7 PPG, 5.4 RPG
F #14 Victor Davila (6-8, 242) - 7.5 PPG, 4.2 RPG
F #15 Dorian Finney-Smith (6-8, 192) - 5.4 PPG, 7 RPG

PROBABLE STARTERS Clemson (11-10, 3-4)
G #11 Andre Young (5-9, 170) - 13.6 PPG, 2.9 RPG
G #1 T.J. Sapp (6-2, 180) - 4.6 PPG, 2 RPG
G #5 Tanner Smith (6-5, 210) - 11.2 PPG, 5.4 RPG
F #21 Bryan Narcisse (6-2, 225) - 3.2 PPG, 2.7 RPG
F #31 Devin Booker (6-8, 245) - 10.9 PPG, 6.5 RPG


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