ACC Tournament: Virginia and Clemson Tangle in Semis

2018 ACC Tournament

Battle of Ranked Teams in ACC Tournament Semifinals

The 19th-ranked Clemson Tigers and the Top-ranked Virginia Cavaliers will meet on Friday at Barclays Center. This ACC Tournament Semifinal matchup will tip-off at 7 pm EST. ESPN will have the coverage.

This is the fourth time in five seasons Virginia will play in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament. They dispatched Louisville for the third time this season 75-58 in Thursday’s quarterfinals.

Their opponent, Clemson, ended Boston College’s Cinderella run with a 90-82 win on Thursday.

Oddsmakers opened the Cavaliers as -7-point favorites versus the Tigers, while the game’s total opened at 118. The line is now Virginia -8 and the total is down to 116.5.

The Tigers are one of the ACC’s original members. They have never won an ACC Tournament title. To do that this season, they will have to upset the tournament and nation’s top team.

Virginia top defense clamped down on Clemson 61-36 in Charlottesville back in late January. It was the Tigers’ worst game of the season. The Tigers shot just 32 percent for the game. They were an awful 3 of 20 from beyond the arc.

Clemson scored just 13 second-half points in that matchup.

Cavaliers D was the Story of the Season and ACC Tournament

The Cavaliers’ defense continues to be the story of the season. It doesn’t help to have a from time to time. That hot offense found it’s way to Barclays Center on Thursday as Virginia shot 52.5 percent against Louisville.

Five players scored in double figures. The Cavs were led by Kyle Guy, who had 19 points despite playing with a bulky brace on his left knee. He took to the brace after suffering a sprained MCL last Saturday against Notre Dame.

Clemson fought off a pesky Boston College team. BC was looking for their third win in as many days. Guard Gabe DeVoe scored a game-high 25 points while Shelton Mitchell scored 21.

The Tigers overcame a slow start to beat the Eagles.They will need to play their best game of the season to knock off Virginia. This is a team that has allowed just one opponent to shoot 50 percent all season. That opponent was Louisville.

Virginia was impressive with its offense against the Cardinals. It was that rock solid defense that won the game. The D held Louisville to just 37 percent shooting. That included just one made field goal in the final nine minutes of the game.

The Cavaliers will be looking for their third championship game appearance since 2014. They are 1-1 in those previous matchups.

 

Recent Form

Name Record ATS Offense Defense Diff ATS Home ATS Away OU Record OU Home OU Away
Clemson 23-8 16-12 73.77 65.87 7.9 10-3 3-7 14-13-1 5-7-1 7-3
Virginia 29-2 19-8-1 67.55 52.94 14.61 7-6-1 9-2 8-20 5-9 2-9

Power Stats

Assists Turnovers
Name Assists Turnovers Ratio
CLEMS 13.35 12.06 1.11
VIRGA 13.61 8.74 1.56
Rebounding
Name Offense Defense Total
CLEMS 9.00 26.58 35.58
VIRGA 8.39 24.26 32.65
ShootingPercentage
Name Offense Defense Differential
CLEMS 45.60 40.84 4.76
VIRGA 46.25 37.51 8.74
Team Records

Clemson Tigers

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 23-8 16-2 7-6 16-12 11-4 5-8 73.77 65.87 7.90
Last 10 6-4 5-1 1-3 6-4 4-2 2-2 71.60 67.20 4.40
vs Conf 12-7 9-1 3-6 9-10 7-3 2-7 70.79 67.89 2.90

Virginia Cavaliers

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 29-2 17-1 12-1 19-8-1 8-6-1 11-2 67.55 52.94 14.61
Last 10 9-1 4-1 5-0 5-4-1 1-3-1 4-1 64.60 54.60 10.00
vs Conf 18-1 9-1 9-0 12-6-1 4-5-1 8-1 64.68 53.32 11.36

Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 73.77 141 52.94 1
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 67.55 236 65.87 28

Head To Head Summary

Team record ATS O/U AVG AVG ½ FG% REB 3PT steals
Clemson 2-8 4-6 5-5 54.90 24.90 41.68 25.40 51/168 5.70
Virginia 8-2 6-4 5-5 63.40 29.10 49.08 30.50 69/170 5.50

Head To Head Detail

Date Away away score Home home score line ATS Total O/U FG% Edge Reb Edge 3PT Edge Away Half Score Home Half Score Away FG% Home FG% Away Rebounds Home Rebounds Away Three Pointers Home Three Pointers Away Steals Home Steals
Jan 23, 2018 CLEMS 36 VIRGA 61 -9.5 VIRGA 119.5 U VIRGA VIRGA VIRGA 23 27 31.9 44.6 28 35 3/20 7/19 5 14
Jan 14, 2017 VIRGA 77 CLEMS 73 2 VIRGA 124.5 O VIRGA VIRGA VIRGA 36 36 58 50 30 25 10/18 7/19 2 9
Mar 1, 2016 VIRGA 64 CLEMS 57 4 VIRGA 122 U CLEMS VIRGA VIRGA 33 27 40.4 43.5 34 27 9/19 6/17 7 6
Jan 19, 2016 CLEMS 62 VIRGA 69 -10 CLEMS 124 O VIRGA VIRGA CLEMS 28 31 45.3 54.3 21 32 8/24 4/7 5 3
Jan 13, 2015 CLEMS 42 VIRGA 65 -16.5 VIRGA 118 U VIRGA CLEMS VIRGA 19 25 35.7 50 29 27 3/13 10/21 2 4
Feb 15, 2014 VIRGA 63 CLEMS 58 4.5 VIRGA 109 O VIRGA VIRGA VIRGA 31 28 47.9 42.9 33 20 5/15 4/12 1 4
Feb 7, 2013 CLEMS 41 VIRGA 78 -7.5 VIRGA 111.5 O VIRGA CLEMS VIRGA 10 38 30.8 55.6 33 29 1/17 10/24 5 12
Jan 12, 2013 VIRGA 44 CLEMS 59 -1.5 CLEMS 107.5 U CLEMS CLEMS CLEMS 20 24 35.4 51.5 23 29 5/17 6/10 4 2
Feb 14, 2012 VIRGA 48 CLEMS 60 -2.5 CLEMS 115.5 U VIRGA VIRGA CLEMS 24 24 50 46 28 23 3/16 5/15 5 14
Jan 31, 2012 CLEMS 61 VIRGA 65 -7 CLEMS 112.5 O VIRGA VIRGA CLEMS 30 26 40.7 55.8 19 34 8/21 6/14 5 3

ACC Tournament Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Clemson Tigers

Date Opponent score Result line Total ATS Result field goal percentage free throw percentage three pointers Location
Mar 8, 2018 BC 90-82 W -5.5 140 W/O 46.77 90.91 12 H
Mar 3, 2018 SYRA 52-55 L 0 124.5 L/U 40.00 68.75 5 A
Feb 28, 2018 FLAST 76-63 W -3 145.5 W/U 40.35 76.92 10 H
Feb 24, 2018 GATEC 75-67 W -10 127 L/O 48.94 80.00 5 H
Feb 21, 2018 VATEC 58-65 L 4 141.5 L/U 38.60 30.00 11 A

Virginia Cavaliers

Date Opponent score Result line Total ATS Result field goal percentage free throw percentage three pointers Location
Mar 8, 2018 LOUIS 75-58 W -7 123.5 W/O 52.54 85.71 7 H
Mar 3, 2018 ND 62-57 W -8.5 121 L/U 42.00 71.43 5 H
Mar 1, 2018 LOUIS 67-66 W -4 124 L/O 42.86 68.42 6 A
Feb 24, 2018 PITT 66-37 W -19 116.5 W/U 51.02 72.73 8 A
Feb 21, 2018 GATEC 65-54 W -15.5 113 L/O 47.92 66.67 7 H

 

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