Virginia looks to extend streak vs Clemson

Clemson (8-4, 0-1) vs. Virginia (7-4, 1-0)

John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, Virginia; Wednesday, 8 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Virginia looks for its 12th straight win in the head-to-head series over Clemson. In its last 11 wins against the Tigers, Virginia has won by an average of 16 points. Clemson’s last win in the series came on Jan. 12, 2013, a 59-44 victory.

TEAM LEADERSHIP: Jayden Gardner has put up 15.3 points and 8.3 rebounds to lead the way for the Cavaliers. Complementing Gardner is Kihei Clark, who is maintaining an average of 9.8 points and 4.2 assists per game. The Tigers have been led by PJ Hall, who is averaging 14.7 points and 6.3 rebounds.POTENT PJ: Hall has connected on 30.6 percent of the 36 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 2 of 10 over his last three games. He’s also made 77.8 percent of his free throws this season.

PERFECT WHEN: The Cavaliers are 6-0 when they block at least five opposing shots and 1-4 when they fall shy of that mark. The Tigers are 5-0 when they make 10 or more 3-pointers and 3-4 when the team hits fewer than 10 from long range.

LONG-RANGE THREAT: Clemson’s Dawes has attempted 69 3-pointers and connected on 43.5 percent of them, and is 7 for 22 over his last three games.

STIFLING DEFENSE: Virginia has held opposing teams to 55.2 points per game this year, the fifth-lowest figure among all Division I teams.


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