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  by Mickey Plyler - Radio Host - Monday, February 17, 2014 1:46 PM
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Virginia Review
Clemson had so much going against it Saturday.
*The Tigers were facing a ranked opponent who has been red hot.

*Clemson was coming off an emotional double overtime loss on the road to Notre Dame and were ending a long streak where the had played five out of six on the road.

*Landry NnokoLandry Nnoko
So. Center
#35 6-10, 245
Montverde, FL

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had the flu and his illness caused him to miss the game. This void helped the Cavs to out rebound Clemson 33 to 20. Virginia outscored Clemson in the paint 26-16 and had 13 second chance points compared to Clemson's six.

*The Tigers got exactly zero rebounds out of Jaron BlossomgameJaron Blossomgame
RS Fr. Forward
#5 6-7, 215
Alpharetta, GA

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in his 24 minutes.

*Josh SmithJosh Smith
So. Forward
#33 6-8, 260
Charlotte, NC

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and Sidy DjitteSidy Djitte
Fr. Center
#50 6-10, 240
Fayetteville, NC

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had to fill in for Nnoko but both got in foul trouble and Djitte had a bum ankle.

*The Tigers got nothing from Jordan RoperJordan Roper
So. Guard
#20 5-11, 165
Columbia, SC

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who played only nine minutes. Roper and Adonis FilerAdonis Filer
So. Guard
#3 6-2, 190
Chicago, IL

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combined to go 1-7 from the field and six points.

*Virginia shot 64% from the field in the first half and 48% for the game.

*The Cavs turned it over only nine times.

There was every reason in the world for this one to be a blowout but that never materialized. In fact the Tigers had a chance late in this one. Clemson was a possession or two away thanks to several positive factors.

First, K.J. McDanielsK.J. McDaniels
Jr. Forward
#32 6-6, 200
Birmingham, AL

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went into the phone booth again and turned into Superman. The junior scored 24 points, led the Tigers with four rebounds, had two assists, three blocks and two steals. McDaniels went 11-13 from the free throw line and 6-13 from the field.

The Tigers also got an unexpected contribution from freshman wing Austin AjukwaAustin Ajukwa
Fr. Guard
#1 6-5, 190
Columbia, SC

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who had his best game as a Tiger. Ajukwa had six points including 2-2 from three point land. The Columbia native also had two assists and a steal.

Demarcus Harrison also contributed with seven points, two rebounds, an assist and a steal.

Two other reasons the game was close was the fact that this was a low possession game and Clemson turned the ball over only five times.

In the end it was too much of a talented Virginia squad and too little support from anyone not named K.J. McDaniels.

Virginia improved to 12-1 in the conference. They are not the most athletic team in the league but they are smart and highly skilled. They have good size inside and a nice blend for the inside/outside game. They are a complete team that looks like a dangerous out in the ACC and NCAA tournaments.

Speaking of the post-season tournaments, Clemson's road got tougher with two close losses last week. The Tigers head into the final third of the season at 6-6 in the league but four of the last six are at home and the Tigers will be favored in three or four games coming down the stretch.

Tomorrow night's game in Littlejohn against NC State is the latest "biggest game of the year." The Tigers and Wolfpack have similar records, resumes and chances in terms of seeding for the ACC tournament. Both are currently on the outside looking in in terms of the NCAA tournament but if either could get on a roll they may be able to play their way in. So the Tigers and Pack have what could be an early elimination game for the NCAA tournament chances tomorrow night.

Brad BrownellBrad Brownell
Head Coach
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said this morning that Nnoko did not practice yesterday but should be able to go a little today and there is a chance he could play against State. This is a key in helping so many aspects of the Tigers' plans. How effective he will be and how long he can go is a major aspect of the game plans for both teams.

We say it too often in sports, but Tuesday night is another "must win" for both of these squads.


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