WHAT: Clemson (9-6, 1-2 ACC) at Virginia (15-0, 3-0 ACC)
WHEN: Tuesday, 8 PM
WHERE: Charlottesville, Va. - John Paul Jones Arena (14,593)
TV: ACC Network (Steve Martin, Eddie Fogler)
SPREAD: Virginia by 17
Clemson has a chance Tuesday evening to match its highest-ranked road victory in school history when it travels to undefeated and No. 2-ranked Virginia. The Tigers are riding high after a 9-point win at Pittsburgh on Saturday, but face a much stiffer challenge in the Cavaliers.
"The Pitt win was gratifying because we played well enough at Louisville, just didn't make shots," Brownell told CUTigers. "But Virginia is playing really well right now. They obviously defend at a high level. They also have three or four guys that finish and make shots when they need them. This is going to be a big challenge for our guys."
Clemson is led by Jaron Blossomgame, who has hit double figures in each of his last 12 contests. He averages 14 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.
Freshman Donte Grantham and senior Damarcus Harrison are also averaging in double figures.
"He's playing well for us right now," Brownell notes on Blossomgame's play of late. "He's been active on both ends of the floor and has some confidence going."
The Cavs are one just two undefeated teams left in college basketball and have been lights out defensively- holding two teams under 28 points in convincing wins over Rutgers and Harvard.
Utilizing head coach Tony Bennett's pack line defense, Virginia makes it extremely difficult to get off a good shot in the paint.
"They do a good job of closing off dribblers with multiple defenders," Brownell said. "So we are going to have to make (outside) shots in a game like this. That's really what it comes down to. That and we can't turn it over."
The Tigers connected on 8-of-18 from three-point range in their last game at Pittsburgh.
Clemson has also been receiving a surprising boost from its bench in recently, especially with Sidy Djitte and Josh Smith in the post. Clemson’s bench outscored Pitt 23-7, including a career-high seven by Smith and career-high tying eight from Djitte.
Virginia has won the last two meetings against the Tigers, including a 63-58 win in Littlejohn Coliseum.
Tigers travel to No. 2 Virginia
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