Time: 9:00 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Place: John Paul Jones Arena
TV: ESPN U
Radio: Virginia Sports Radio Network
Spread: Vegas: Virginia +5.5; Pomeroy: Virginia lose by 7
Last Meeting: February 20, 2010. Virginia 49, Clemson 72
Last Time Out: Clemson 62, Florida State 44
The good news: Virginia had a fantastic National Signing Day today. The bad news: now it's time to play some basketball.
Alright, I don't mean that. But the bad news is simply the fact that Virginia just lost to one of the worst teams in ACC history, a previously 0-5 (ACC) Wake Forest, while Clemson just knocked off Florida State, atop the ACC, in convincing fashion.
Wake Forest's Probable Starters
|G ||Sr.||13.8 ppg||3.9 rpg|
|G ||Jr.||10.6 ppg||3.1 apg |
|F/G ||Jr. ||3.5 ppg ||1.4 rpg |
|F ||So. ||8.4 ppg||5.3 rpg|
|C ||Sr.||12.6 ppg||7.2 rpg|
Clemson is coming off some sort of high, but the fact of the matter is that the Tigers struggle on the road, having gone 1-4 on the season, and their only win coming at College of Charleston. That said, their ACC losses, all on the road, have only been by an average of six points, so it's not like they're getting blown out in the process.
Over the past two games, Clemson has held its opponents to 50 points (NC State) and 44 points (Florida State). Recently, Virginia was only able to put up 42 points against Maryland, and has scoring woes all season long.
Perhaps worth noting is that if the Cavaliers are to win this, they should focus on building a buffer during the first half, as Clemson -- or specifically, Demontez Stitt -- has been known to really turn it on during the second half. Over the past seven games, Stitt has scored just 27 points combined in the first half, while putting up a combined 82 points in the second half. He's also had an assist-to-turnover ratio greater than 1 in 11 straight games.
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