PREVIEW: Clemson vs Virginia Tech (MBB)

by Staff Report via Clemson Athletic Communications

  • Clemson opens up the regular season with ACC foe Virginia Tech to debut the league’s 20-game schedule on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. on ESPNU.

  • Clemson received a major boost in its lineup last week with the NCAA granting Khavon Moore’s transfer request waiver, allowing Moore to become immediately eligible for the 2019-20 season. Moore is a transfer from Texas Tech and played just two minutes last season.

  • The Tigers are coming off a summer in which they represented the United States in the 2019 World University Games - claiming a Gold Medal, the USA’s first since 2015 and just its second since 2005.

  • Clemson earned three wins in pool play against Finland (69-65), Ukraine (58-57) and China (99-70) before topping Germany (76-74) in the quarters, Israel (75-73) in the semis and a blowout of Ukraine in the Gold Medal game (85-63).The United States were led by Aamir Simms and John Newman III en route to a perfect 6-0 record in the tournament.

  • Simms averaged 15.2 points and 9.8 rebounds per contest over six games, while Newman scored 13.3 points per game and also grabbed 5.7 rebounds per game.

  • Simms’ biggest game of the tournament came against Israel in the semifinal game. Simms scored 27 points (11- for-23 FG, 10-15 2FG) and grabbed 16 rebounds (seven on the offensive glass).

  • The Tigers earned a victory in their last meeting with the Hokies, a 59-51 win over a then-ranked No. 11 Virginia Tech team inside Littlejohn Coliseum on Feb. 9, 2019.

  • Clemson returns just 27.3 percent of its scoring from last season, but made key additions to its roster from the transfer portal: Tevin Mack (Alabama), Khavon Moore (Texas Tech), Nick Honor (Fordham), Curran Scott (Tulsa)

  • Clemson will look for its 17th victory in the all-time series against Virginia Tech in the season opener tonight.

  • The Tigers are 16-19 all-time against the Hokies, including a win in their lone meeting last year. A 59-51 win in Littlejohn Coliseum on Feb. 9, 2019.

  • This marks the earliest that Clemson will have ever played a regular season game and the earliest date against an ACC opponent in history.

  • Head coach Brad Brownell is 2-0 in his career against newly appointed Virginia Tech head coach Mike Young.

  • Brownell has twice defeated Young in two contests when Young was the head man at nearby Wofford College.

  • The Tigers are 29-6 dating back to the beginning of the 2017-18 season on their home floor.

  • Since the inception of the newly renovated Littlejohn Coliseum prior to the 2016-17 season, the Tigers are 40-12 overall (.769 percent).

  • In non-conference regular season games, the Tigers are 21-1 during that span (.954 percent).

  • In total non-conference games, including home NIT games, the Tigers are 22-3 (.888 percent).

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