March 6, 2012
2012 ACC Tournament Notes
GAME SETUP Site: Philips Arena (18,371) Date: Thursday, March 8, 2012 City: Atlanta, GA Time: 7:00 PM Radio: Clemson Tiger Sports Properties (Pete Yanity – play-by-play, Tim Bourret – color) Radio: ESPN Radio TV: ESPNU (Mike Patrick – play-by-play, Len Elmore – color, Jeannine Edwards – sideline) TV: ACC Network (Tim Brando – play-by-play, Dan Bonner – color, Debbie Antonelli – sideline) | ACC Network Affiliates ESPN3: Watch on ESPN3 via the Clemson Athletics Facebook Page.
SERIES NOTES Overall: Virginia Tech leads 13-12 at Clemson: Clemson leads 7-5 at Littlejohn: Clemson leads 7-2 at Virginia Tech: Virginia Tech leads 8-5 at Neutral: None played First Meeting: Virginia Tech, 27-13, in 1924-25 Last Meeting: Clemson, 58-56, in 2011-12 Streak: Clemson won the last meeting
QUICK FACTS Clemson and Virginia Tech face off for the first time ever in the ACC Tournament. The Tigers and Hokies have played 12 times since Tech joined the league in 2004-05, and 10 of the games have been decided by five points or less. Both of this year’s games between the two schools were decided by exactly two points, a 67-65 win for Virginia Tech in Blacksburg and a 58-56 win for Clemson at home on Senior Night on March 1. Clemson’s Brad Brownell has done well in conference tournaments as a head coach. He has compiled a 16-6 record at UNC Wilmington, Wright State and now Clemson. He took the Tigers to the ACC Tournament semifinals his first season. Clemson has a record of 45-35 over the past five ACC regular seasons, the fourth-best winning percentage (.563) among league schools during that time. Andre Young was named to the All-ACC Defensive Team by the media on Monday. He led the ACC with 1.7 steals per game during the regular season. Tanner Smith was named to the ACC’s Fan’s Guide All-Defensive Team, a unit selected by the league’s head coaches. Smith suffered a head injury after a hard fall to the floor in the second half of the Florida State game on March 4, and is listed as questionable as of Tuesday. Smith needs just 26 points to reach 1,000 for his career. Devin Booker posted his fifth double-double of the season in Sunday’s loss at Florida State and has led or tied for the team lead in rebounding in 11 of the last 14 games. Freshmen K.J. McDaniels combined for 25 points in Clemson’s most recent game, at Florida State. McDaniels posted a season-high 16, while Coleman scored all nine of his points in the second half. Coleman scored just two points in 14 non-conference games, but scored 40 while playing in 13 ACC regular season games. Six Clemson players have experience in the ACC Tournament. Milton Jennings owns the top scoring average at 8.7 points per game among the six players with tournament experience. Former Tiger center Sharone Wright, a member of the school’s all-time team, will be Clemson’s ACC legend for the tournament this week. He will be honored with the other school legends during the semifinals Saturday.
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