Clemson has swept two straight ACC homestands and now sits at 15-6 overall and 4-3 in the conference. But despite having a seemingly bubble-quality resume, the Tigers are not on the national radar for the NCAA Tournament. Why? They haven't proven that they can win on the road in the conference.
Clemson's three road losses in the ACC were all games it had a chance to win. The Tigers will need to exact their road demons and steal at least a couple ACC road wins if they want to be in the tournament discussion. Tonight's game at Virginia would be a good place to start.
The Cavaliers (11-10, 2-5 ACC) started the season 8-3, but they haven't been the same team since leading scorer Mike Scott suffered a season-ending ankle injury.
Mustapha Farrakhan has elevated his play in his senior season and is scoring nearly 13 points per game. Clemson will have to be on the lookout for freshmen swingmen Joe Harris and K.T. Harrell, who are both averaging double figures.
Demontez Stitt has scored in double figures for the Tigers in nine straight games after returning from arthroscopic knee surgery, and Jerai Grant has recorded at least seven rebounds in each of the past eight games.
Clemson should be favored in this game, and a win could go a long way toward helping the Tigers' tournament resume.