What: No. 22/22 Virginia Cavaliers (19-5, 6-4 ACC) vs. Clemson Tigers (12-12, 4-6 ACC)
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Date: February 14, 2012
Place: Littlejohn Coliseum
Radio: Virginia Sports Radio Network
Spread: Clemson -1.5; Pomeroy: Virginia 56, Clemson 53 (64%)
Last Meeting: Virginia 65, Clemson 61 (1/31/2012)
Last Time Out: Clemson 78, Wake Forest 58
Series: Virginia leads 67-51
Thanks to strange ACC Scheduling, the Cavaliers face the Tigers for the second time in just 15 days. But by no means will this just be a simple rematch of the first meeting between the two teams -- a lot has changed that gives Virginia plans plenty to worry about tonight.
For Clemson, junior forward Milton Jennings, who was suspended indefinitely the last time these two teams met, is back on the court. Jennings averages 9.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game. His presence was certainly missed in the January meeting, as the Hoos enjoyed a 31-17 rebounding advantage. Since the two-game suspension, he's averaged 14.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.
For Virginia, sophomore guard Joe Harris is questionable for tonight and will be a game time decision, after breaking his hand on Saturday in the Carolina game. Harris will likely still be in the starting rotation tonight and, as some have argued, may even have a better 3-point shot tonight with the wrapped up guide hand.
Either way, the narrow escape from the January meeting took place in the cozy confines of Charlottesville, while this is a road game in hostile Clemson, SC. The Tigers come off a morale-boosting win at Wake Forest, breaking a three-game losing streak.
Pomeroy likes Virginia. Vegas likes Clemson. Buckle up, kids. This could be a fun one for the Cardiac Cavs. Prediction? Virginia takes this easily, as the Hoos embark on at least a 3-win streak starting tonight.
Leave your pre-, in- and post-game thoughts here and Go HOOS!