Cavaliers can crash another party at Clemson

CLEMSON, S.C. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- It's a scenario that members of the Virginia men's basketball team have walked into before.

Before Saturday's game at Clemson, the Tigers will have an on-campus celebration for the school's football team, which beat Alabama in Monday night's national championship game. The celebration will end before noon, to give fans time to make it to the start of the basketball game.

Two years ago, the Wahoos were in town for the celebration of Clemson's last national title in football. Led by a 25-point performance by London Perrantes, UVA won 77-73 to crash that party.

Virginia improved to 13-3 overall and 3-2 in the ACC with that road win two seasons ago. This season, the Cavaliers go into Clemson at 14-0 overall and 2-0 in the conference, and ranked No. 4 nationally by the Associated Press and No. 1 in the country in the coaches poll.

The Wahoos will be trying to extend the longest active winning streak in the country in true road games this weekend. Wednesday's 83-56 victory at Boston College extended that streak to 12 straight. UVA has also won its last 11 road games in ACC play, tied for the fourth-longest streak in conference history.

After Wednesday's win at BC, Tony Bennett was asked about his team's road success. He pointed to the Cavaliers' veteran roster, and the team's simple formula -- be steady.

"Don't beat yourself. Take care of the ball. Don't give up transition buckets; so-so today. And don't give up second-chance points," Bennett said. "If you just do those things at a pretty high level, you're going to be in games."

"And you're not going to throw knockout punches, although a couple flows we had today were great," Bennett added. "But just keep whittling away. And I think our guys for the most part have understood that, and know that that is their ticket."

UVA has also won eight straight against the Tigers, including the program's last two visits to Clemson, and a victory in the semifinals of last year's ACC Tournament. The Tigers enter Saturday's game at 10-5 overall and 0-2 in conference play.



 
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