Clemson hosts No. 11 Hokies Saturday


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(USA Today Sports-Jason Getz)
(USA Today Sports-Jason Getz)

Clemson hosts No. 11 Virginia Tech (18-4, 7-3 ACC) at noon on Saturday.

Brad Brownell's Tigers are going for a fourth-straight ACC win and to even up their record in conference action (14-8, 4-5), while the Hokies look to get back on track after a 72-64 home loss to Louisville on Monday.

The game will air on ESPN2.

Projected starting lineups

Clemson

Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. GP/GS PPG RPG APG MPG
G 2 Marcquise Reed 6-3 188 Gr. 19/18 19.1 5.1 3.3 34.2
G 4 Shelton Mitchell 6-4 200 Gr. 22/22 11.2 2.4 3.0 31.8
F 14 Elijah Thomas 6-9 245 Sr. 22/20 13.2 7.7 1.2 24.3
F 24 David Skara 6-8 213 Gr. 22/22 8.0 4.4 1.6 30.2
F 25 Aamir Simms 6-7 248 So. 22/22 9.3 4.5 0.8 28.3

Virginia Tech

Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. GP/GS PPG RPG APG MPG
G 3 Wabissa Bede 6-1 195 So. 22/14 3.5 2.1 2.2 23.2
G 4 Nickeil Alexander-Walker 6-5 205 So. 21/21 17.5 4.2 3.8 33.5
G 13 Ahmed Hill 6-5 210 Gr. 22/22 13.2 3.5 1.6 34.6
F 24 Kerry Blackshear Jr. 6-10 250 RJr. 22/22 13.1 6.7 1.9 27.3
F 42 Ty Outlaw 6-6 220 Gr. 22/7 8.0 5.0 1.0 26.2

Clemson basketball notes

• The Tigers last faced the Hokies on Feb. 21, 2018 - a 65-58 defeat in Blacksburg. Marcquise Reed led the Tigers with a then-career-high 28 points to go along with eight rebounds in the absence of Donte Grantham and Shelton Mitchell.
• The Tigers’ head man will also look for his 164th career victory at Clemson. He is currently just 14 shy of tying Cliff Ellis for the most in program history (177).
• Clemson’s defensive prowess has been on display over the last three contests. The Tigers in games against Wake Forest (37 points allowed) and at Georgia Tech (42 points allowed) have now allowed the fewest points in back-to-back ACC games in Clemson history (79 points).
• Clemson’s victory over Georgia Tech marked the first time the Tigers have won three-straight ACC games by double-digits since the 1974-75 season.
• The 23-point margin of victory was the largest by Clemson in its series with Georgia Tech (69 games).
• The victory margin was also the fifth-largest in an ACC game in Clemson history.
• For the second consecutive game, Clemson held its opponent to 50 points or less. It marked the 44th time in the Brownell Era that Clemson held its opponent to 50 points or less. The Tigers are 42-2 overall in those contests.
• Marcquise Reed moved into 22nd on the all-time scoring list following his performance on Feb. 6 at Georgia
Tech. Reed now has 1,244 points in his Clemson career.

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