With conference tournament play underway in NCAA basketball, there is a game between two top 25 teams in the ACC. These teams are the Clemson Tigers and the Virginia Cavaliers. According to the AP poll, the Tigers are currently ranked the 19th best team in the country which is extremely impressive considering their preseason expectations. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers are ranked the number one team in the country which shows just how elite this unit is. This season, the Cavaliers defended their home court successfully against the Tigers and won by double digits. Now, Clemson will be seeking revenge on a neutral site and will be looking for a huge upset victory to boost its resume for March. Expect this game to be extremely competitive throughout as a result.
Virginia’s success is due to its team defense. Every year, Virginia is one of the best defensive teams in the country under coach Tony Bennett. This season is no different as the Cavaliers officially have the best scoring defense in all of college basketball. Virginia is allowing 52.9 points per game this season and will look to shut down Clemson’s offense. Leading the Cavaliers offensively is guard Kyle Guy. This season, Guy is averaging 14.0 points per game and is shooting 39.2% from the three point line. If Virginia plans on winning this contest, Guy will need to have a big game from behind the arc.
Clemson’s success is due to its balanced offense. This season, Clemson has five separate players who are averaging over ten points per game. Three of these players are guards while the other two are forwards. This balance allows the Tigers to defeat teams in a variety of ways. They can either use their physicality to wear you down or their elite shooting from the outside. Expect Clemson to use its balanced attack on Friday to keep Virginia’s defense off-guard.
As for my prediction, I have to side with Virginia. Although I think that Clemson is a quality team, Virginia is on another level. Words cannot describe how ridiculous its defense is and I expect the Cavaliers to put on another defensive clinic tonight. In the only meeting this season, Virginia held Clemson to 36 points. There is no reason for me to think that Clemson will suddenly be able to outscore Virginia as a result.
Clemson vs. Virginia: Game Time, TV Channel & Viewing Details
Event: Clemson vs. Virginia
Date: Friday, March 9, 2018
Start Time: 7:00 P.M. EST
Location: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
How to Watch Virginia vs. Virginia Tech On Your Tablet Or Mobile Device
You can live stream the game on the WatchESPN app.
How To Live Stream Virginia vs. Virginia Tech Online Without Cable Subscription
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