Virginia takes eight-game winning streak to Clemson


The Virginia Cavaliers look to extend their eight-game winning streak when they visit a Clemson Tigers team that has dropped two straight games and four of their last six. Virginia improved to 10-1 in Atlantic Coast Conference play with a 61-53 win over Maryland last Monday.

Clemson has had a rough five days, dropping a double-digit decision to Syracuse before losing a 68-64 double-overtime heartbreaker to Notre Dame. The Tigers rallied twice from large late deficits against the Fighting Irish but ultimately fell short despite a career-best 30-point, 14-rebound performance from K.J. McDaniels.

The conference championship might come down to Virginia’s showdown with Syracuse on March 1, but they can’t look past anyone, putting together their best start in conference play since opening 12-1 in 1981-82. The win over Maryland presented a rare opportunity for Virginia to play in a tightly contested game. Virginia led by at least 19 points in nine of their previous 10 wins but only had a double-digit advantage once against Maryland. The play of Malcolm Brogdon has been one of the keys to Virginia’s success. Brogdong has scored in double digits in 12 consecutive games.

K.J. McDaniels has been the lone offensive star on a Clemson team that has struggled to score all season. McDaniels is the only player on the team to average double digits in points (17) and he also leads the club in rebounding (7.5), steals (1.1) and blocks (2.7). He averages 17.3 points and 8.4 rebounds in conference play. Clemson shoots just 41.1 percent from the field and 31.3 percent from beyond the arc and those struggles were on full display in the loss to Notre Dame, as they went 34.3 percent from the floor while connecting on 7 of 29 3-point attempts.

According to the NCAAB Lines at OddsBay, Virginia is a -point favorite at most sportsbooks.

Game Details:

What: No. 17 Virginia Cavaliers (20-5) vs. Clemson Tigers (15-8)

When: 12:00 PM ET, February 15

Where: Littlejohn Coliseum

Coverage: ESPN2/WatchESPN

Line: Virginia -4½

Total: 109

Betting Trends:

– Virginia is 10-2 ATS against conference opponents

– Virginia is 9-2 ATS after a conference game

– Virginia is 8-2 ATS off a win against a conference rival

– Clemson is 4-2 ATS in home games

– Clemson is 6-0 ATS on Saturday games

– Clemson is 5-7 ATS when playing against a team with a winning record

– The total has gone OVER in two of the last three games in this series

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