Notebook: Tigers Improve Postseason Chances

CLEMSON - The Tigers roll to an easy win over ACC foe Virginia.

FINAL SCORE: Clemson 90, Virginia 64.

STAT OF THE GAME: Clemson forced the Cavaliers into a season-high 29 turnovers. Tigers guard Vernon Hamilton led the way with five steals to give him 73 on the season, which ties him with Chris Whitney for the most by a Tiger in a one year. Hamilton is also now just three away from tying Terrell McIntyre's career mark of 194 steals.

TURNING POINT: After having seen a 25-point lead disappear to only lead 49-40, Clemson missed a shot, got the rebound, missed another shot and got the rebound again before Julius Powell knocked down a shot with 16:22 left to play. That score sparked a 17-5 run, which more or less ended the game.

CLUTCH PLAY: For one of the few times this season, reserve center Steve Allen was key to Clemson's victory. The senior was 5-for-5 from the field, grabbed three rebounds and had two blocks in 17 minutes of play.

BONEHEAD PLAY: Even though Virginia guard Sean Singletary had 25 points, he committed a whopping nine turnovers. That's the second time this season he's had that many.

HOLY COW: With seven minutes left in the first half, Virginia had 13 turnovers and only nine shot attempts. As a result, the Tigers led 38-20.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Clemson guard Shawan Robinson did another outstanding job in leading the Tigers. He had 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting, including 5-of-8 from three-point range. More importantly, his shooting made it impossible for Virginia to get closer than nine.

POSTSEASON OUTLOOK: It would seem that this win all but guarantees Clemson a spot in the NIT. By beating the Cavaliers, the Tigers will finish with a winning record, even if they lose the rest of their games. The question now is how good are their chances of hosting a game or two in the NIT. As of now, they might get one, but they need to win a couple of more to make it more likely. Top Stories