The Tigers enter the tournament as the seventh seed off an 8-8 record, while Virginia Tech is 4-12 and is seeded 10th. The winner will play second seed Duke on Friday at 7 PM.
This will be the first ACC Tournament meeting between Clemson and
Virginia Tech. The game promises to be a close contest as the teams
exchanged two-point decisions this year. Virginia Tech beat Clemson
67-65 at Blacksburg on Feb. 4, and Clemson beat the Hokies at Clemson on
March 1, 58-56.
Since Virginia Tech joined the ACC in 2004, the teams have met 12 times
and 10 of the 12 have been decided by five points or less, including
seven by two points or one point. Virginia Tech leads the series
overall 13-12, but Clemson has the lead since Virginia Tech came into
the ACC, 7-5.
Virginia Tech is led in scoring by Erick Green with a 15.4 scoring
average. Wing player Dorenzo Hudson is scoring 11.0 points per game.
Guard Jarell Eddie stands at 9.5 points per outing. Virginia Tech is one
of the top three-point shooting teams in the ACC with a 37 percent mark
and the Hokies are among the best in the league in free throw shooting
at 72.4 percent.
Clemson enters the ACC Tournament with a 16-14 record overall, 8-8 in
the ACC. The Tigers have closed with a rush, winning five of their last
seven games. It is just the third time in the last 14 years that
Clemson has won five of its last seven entering the ACC Tournament
(2007-08, 2009-10). The only teams to beat Clemson over the last month
are fifth-ranked North Carolina and 22nd ranked Florida State, both on
Clemson is led in scoring by senior point guard Andre Young, who
averages 13.3 points per game. He has 95/40 assist/turnover ratio, has
made 82 percent from the line and leads the club in three point goals
with 63. He is third in Clemson history in assist/turnover ratio on a
Tanner Smith, Young's roommate and classmate, is second on the club in
scoring with an 11.1 average. Smith also contributes 5.0 rebounds and
4.0 assists per game. He leads the team in assists with 122. Smith
also shoots 73.5 percent from the line and 46 percent from the field.
Young and Smith lead Clemson's defense with 103 steals between them.
They rank one-two in the ACC in steals per game, the first time Clemson
has had the top two players in the ACC in terms of steals per game.
Devin Booker is a third double digit scorer with a 10.7 average. The
junior from Union, SC is the team's leading rebounder with 7.0 per game.
He is coming off a double-double at Florida State.
Milton Jennings has averaged 9.6 points per game, but averages 10.9
points per game in ACC play. Jennings has also contributed 5.6 rebounds
per game and is second on the team in blocks with 23.
Bryan Narcisse is Clemson's fifth starter with 2.6 points and 2.1
rebounds per game. He is one of Clemson's top defensive players.
Catalin Baciu is the top scorer off the bench with a 4.1 average. The
7-2 center is shooting a team best 57.6 percent from the field. K.J.
McDaniels is sixth on the team in scoring with a 4.0 average, but he is
coming off a career high 16 points at Florida State in the regular
season finale. McDaniel's also had eight rebounds, seven off the
offensive boards. He added two blocks and four steals in that game.
Clemson Head Coach Brad Brownell is in his 10th year as a Division I
head coach. He has never lost the first round game of a conference
tournament (9-0). Last year he led the Tigers to a 70-47 win over
Boston College in the opening round of the ACC Tournament before
suffering a 92-87 overtime loss to sixth-ranked North Carolina in the
ACC Tournament pairings set
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