Clemson Basketball preview vs. Virginia


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Clemson Basketball preview vs. Virginia

CLEMSON (11-5, 1-3) vs. VIRGINIA (12-3, 2-2)
Date: Saturday, Jan. 14
Tipoff: 12 p.m. ET
Arena: Littlejohn Coliseum (9,000)
Radio: CTSN (Tony Castricone-pbp; Tim Bourret-color)
TV: ACCN (Bob Rathbun-pbp; Mike Gminski-color)
• Clemson has played three of its four ACC games on the road; the Tigers return home Saturday, where they are 7-1 so far this season.
• The Tigers look to snap a five-game losing skid in the series. Clemson's last victory came in 2012-13, a 59-44 win in Littlejohn Coliseum.
• Clemson last won an ACC regular season game with one day of preparation in 2013-14, when the Tigers beat Miami 58-54, two days after a double overtime thriller with Maryland. Virginia has not played since Sunday, when the Cavaliers won at home over Wake Forest.

SERIES HISTORY
CU Series W-L record: Virginia leads 72-53
Streak: Virginia has won the last five meetings

TIGER TRACKS
Jaron Blossomgame has scored 20 or more points in three straight games, and in 14 of Clemson's last 20 ACC regular season games dating to 2015-16.
• He now has 16 career games with 20+ points against ACC teams, most by a Tiger since Terrell McIntyre produced 20 such games from 1995-99.
• Blossomgame needs 24 points to pass Tree Rollins for 12th on the all-time Clemson scoring list, and 26 to move ahead of Cliff Hammonds for 11th.
• Blossomgame averaged 27 points per game in two contests a season ago against Virginia. He had 31 in the most recent meeting in Greenville.
Avry Holmes is off to a hot start from three-point range in ACC play, converting 11 of 24 attempts for a 45.8 percent clip. His mark ranks ninth among all players in league games.
• Holmes is in the top 10 overall in the ACC in both three-point (.382) and free throw shooting (.788).
Shelton Mitchell has paced the Tigers in assists for five straight games, averaging five per outing over that stretch.

Tags: Jaron Blossomgame, Terrell McIntyre, Avry Holmes, Shelton Mitchell, Avry Holmes
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