#17 UVa. basketball travels to Clemson on Saturday
The Virginia-Clemson game will be televised by ESPN2 and online at WatchESPN.com. The game will be broadcast on the Virginia Sports Radio Network and Sirius (Channel 85) and XM (Channel 85) satellite radio stations. Live statistics (GameTracker) are located on VirginiaSports.com, as well as the Virginia Sports app, which is available free of charge through iTunes. Fans can also follow the game via Twitter at @UVaMensHoops.
Tickets for the Virginia-Clemson game may be purchased online at ClemsonTigers.com or by calling 1-800-CLEMSON.
• Virginia has won eight straight games and meets Clemson for the only time during the regular season.
• Virginia (55.5 ppg) and Clemson (56.2 ppg) rank Nos. 1 and 2 nationally in scoring defense.
• Virginia’s 11-1 start in the ACC is its best since starting 12-1 in 1981-82.
• Virginia’s 20-5 record is its best through 25 games since 1982-83 (22-3).
• As of Feb. 14, Virginia is second in the ACC at 11-1 and Clemson is tied for sixth at 6-5.
A Win at Clemson Would Give…
• Virginia its first nine-game ACC winning streak since 1981-82.
• Virginia six ACC road wins for the first time since 1982-83.
• Virginia its first win at Clemson since Jan. 28, 2007.
• Virginia 12 ACC wins for the first time since 1994-95 (12-4).
• Virginia 12 ACC wins, becoming only the second ACC school to improve its ACC record in five consecutive seasons (Georgia Tech under Bobby Cremins from 1982-86).
All-Time vs. Clemson
• Virginia is 69-52 all-time vs. Clemson, including a 21-35 record at Clemson, in the series that dates back to 1935-36.
• The Cavaliers are 0-4 in their last four meetings at Clemson, losing by an average of 17 points per contest.
• The Cavaliers are 3-2 in their last five meetings vs. Clemson and 6-4 in their last 10.
• The Cavaliers went 1-1 vs. the Tigers last season, posting a 59-44 loss at Clemson and 78-41 win in Charlottesville.
• Head coach Tony Bennett is 3-3 all-time vs. Clemson.
Last Time vs. the Tigers
• Joe Harris scored 21 points as Virginia used one of its best defensive efforts of the year to defeat the Tigers 78-41 on Feb. 7, 2013 at John Paul Jones Arena.
• Akil Mitchell added 16 points and Justin Anderson 14 as Virginia avenged one of its worst performances of the season, a 59-44 loss at Clemson on Jan. 12.
• On Feb. 7 at JPJ, Devin Booker’s putback with 12:04 left made it 55-22, giving the Tigers more points than Harris for the first time in the game.
• The Tigers trailed 35-10 at halftime, the lowest scoring in a half against Virginia since Maryland did it in 1981.
• K.J. McDaniels led the Tigers with 10 points while scoring leader Booker had seven and Milton Jennings managed just two.
• Virginia shot 55.6 percent (30-of-56), while Clemson shot 30.8 percent (16-of-52).
Virginia in the Polls
• Virginia is ranked a season-high No. 17 in the latest AP poll, marking its highest ranking since a No. 15 ranking on Jan. 16, 2012.
• No. 17/16 UVa is ranked for the second straight week after not being ranked for 11 straight weeks.
• Virginia’s No. 24 preseason AP ranking marked its first since being ranked No. 11 to start the 2001-02 season.
• The Cavaliers, who were ranked for the first two weeks, returned to the rankings this season for the first time since Feb. 27, 2012.
Last Time Out
• Joe Harris had a game-high 19 points to lead Virginia past Maryland 61-53 Monday in the Terrapins’ last visit to Charlottesville as an ACC rival.
• The Cavaliers trailed 25-25 at the half, but outscored the Terrapins 36-27 in the second stanza to post their school record sixth straight win in the series.
• Malcolm Brogdon added 14 points and Akil Mitchell had 13 points, six rebounds and three rebounds for UVa.
• Seth Allen led Maryland with 15 points and Dez Wells added 12.
• The Cavaliers limited Maryland to 40.4 percent shooting from the floor, holding their 28th straight league opponent under 50 percent.
About the Cavaliers
Virginia has won 11 of its last 12 games and looks to win its ninth straight overall. The Cavaliers have defeated Florida State (78-66), North Carolina (76-61), Virginia Tech (65-45), Notre Dame (68-53), Pittsburgh (48-45), Boston College (77-67), Georgia Tech (64-45) and Maryland (61-53) since their 69-65 loss at Duke on Jan. 13. A Virginia win against Georgia Tech would match its 12-1 ACC start in the 1981-82 season.
The Cavaliers’ success has been highlighted by their top-ranked defense, rebounding and balanced scoring. The Cavaliers are yielding 55.5 points per game and grabbing 54.7 percent of the rebounds, ruling the glass in 19 of 25 games. UVa also ranks eighth in the nation in field goal percentage defense at 38.2 percent.
Virginia is averaging 66.2 points per game, marking its highest total under head coach Tony Bennett. Virginia is averaging 23.6 bench points and has scored 44.0 percent of its points in the paint.
UVa sports a balanced scoring attack, led by Malcolm Brogdon and All-ACC performer Joe Harris. Brogdon leads the team at 12.2 points per game, while Harris is second at 11.6 ppg. Brogdon has a career-best 12-game double figures scoring streak. He ranks first in the ACC in free throw percentage (90.5%), fourth in steals (1.58 spg), fifth in field goal percentage (47.1%) and 11th in scoring (15.2 ppg) during league play.
Versatile guard Justin Anderson has recorded 9.2 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. Anthony Gill has registered 7.5 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. Mike Tobey has chipped in 6.9 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. Akil Mitchell has added 7.1 points and a team-best 6.7 rebounds per game. Mitchell is fifth in the ACC at 8.1 rebounds per game during league play. Freshman point guard London Perrantes ranks first in ACC action in assist to turnover ratio (4.17) and fifth in assists (4.17 apg).
Virginia travels to Virginia Tech on Tuesday, Feb. 18. Tipoff at Cassell Coliseum is set for 9 p.m. The game will be televised on the ACC Network.
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