Tigers head to Blacksburg

After knocking off Duke on Saturday afternoon, Clemson will hit the road again on Wednesday night to play Virginia Tech [8-7, 1-2 ACC].

WHAT: Clemson at Virginia Tech
WHERE: Blacksburg, Va. - Cassell Coliseum
WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 15 (7 p.m.)
SPREAD: Clemson -4
TV: RSN (Wes Durham, Mike Gminski)

Under the direction of former Clemson assistant James Johnson, Virginia Tech is led by Jarell Eddie, who's first on the team in scoring [16.1] and rebounding [6.1].

"Jarrell Eddie is sort of a guy that's been through the ACC wars," Brownell said. "He's got a very quick release."

The senior forward from Charlotte is shooting a higher percentage from behind the 3-point line [45] than he is from the field [40].

"Eddie is a guy that can certainly make baskets in a hurry," Brownell said.

But he's not the only Hokie capable of knocking down shots from the outside.

"[Eddie], Adam Smith and Ben Emelogu can really shoot the ball," Brownell said. "They're all shooting at 38 percent or higher. Eddie is much higher."

Adam Smith, who's second on the team in scoring, has hit 24-of-63 shots from downtown. He's average two made 3-pointers a game. Ben Emelogu, Virginia Tech's third-leading scorer, is 22-for-58 from deep, averaging just fewer than two makes per game.

As a team, the Hokies are shooting 40 percent from behind the 3-pointline.

"I think there's a danger there when you play teams that can shoot the ball. You don't have to make too many 3s for the game to kind of get away from you and for guys to get confident," Brownell said. "Certainly, I think that's a big part of our game. We've got to make sure we know where there perimeter players are, especially their shooters."

Clemson is first in the country in 3-point percentage defense [.246].

PROBABLE STARTERS
Virginia Tech, 8-7 (1-2 ACC)
G #11 Devin Wilson - 7.2 PPG, 4.9 APG (6-4, 185)
G #15 Ben Emelogu - 11.6 PPG, 3.4 RPG (6-5, 205)
F #31 Jarell Eddie - 16.1 PPG, 6.1 RPG (6-7, 220)
F #42 C.J. Barksdale - 9.4 PPG, 5.0 RPG (6-8, 235)
F#2 Joey van Zegeren - 4.7 PPG, 4.9 RPG (6-10, 225)

Clemson, 11-4 (2-1)
G #12 Rod Hall - 10.5 PPG, 3.9 APG (6-1, 210)
G #20 Jordan Roper - 9.6 PPG, 2.6 RPG (5-11, 165)
F #32 K.J. McDaniels - 17.0 PPG, 7.1 RPG (6-6, 200)
F #5 Jaron Blossomgame - 4.5 PPG, 4.6 RPG (6-7, 215)
C #35 Landry Nnoko - 5.7 PPG, 7.0 RPG (6-10, 250)

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