Quotes, Notes & Numbers: Tigers tied for 3rd in ACC, 2-0 on the road for 5th time

Brad Brownell: 'The league is really hard, and we know that. We're going to keep grinding and keep trying to get better'

K.J. McDaniels attempts a shot in the 56-49 Clemson win at Virginia Tech (AP Photo)

K.J. McDaniels attempts a shot in the 56-49 Clemson win at Virginia Tech (AP Photo)

Clemson's Brad Brownell

On the Tigers being tied for third place in the ACC behind Syracuse and Pittsburgh: "I don't worry about any of those things.. I just try to do a good job building our team and our program and getting our guys to believe in each other and what we're doing as a program - our system and our style.

"We had a lot of question marks (coming into this season). We lost our two leading scorers and our two best players, but we did have a young group that had been together. This group has worked really hard, and they care about each other and what we're doing as a program. Timing pays off. The league is really hard, and we know that. We're going to keep grinding and keep trying to get better and see what happens."

Clemson guard Adonis Filer

"I had confidence in us. I knew we were going to win the whole time. Even after he (Ben Emelogu) hit that 3, I knew we were going to come back with something better.

"We had to get stops. We had to lock in defensively. Our identity is being a defensive team, so we had to get stops and let our defense carry our offense."

Virginia Tech coach James Johnson

"We've just got to relax and play on offense. We've got to find a way to get the upperclassmen going. We've got to find a way to get (Jarrell Eddie) to put the ball in the hole. If Emelogu and (Devin) Wilson can play like they've been playing, we'll take that. We've just got to find a way to get Eddie to put the ball in the hole.

"We're practicing hard, and we're playing hard. We're competing. Part of it is youth. We're counting on (freshmen) Emelogu and Wilson to do a lot, and when you do that in this league, in any league, it's tough. They're going to be really good. They're just being forced into a lot of situations that they haven't been in yet. They're having to carry the team, and that's tough for a couple of freshmen to do."

Team Notes

Clemson improved to 12-4 overall, 3-1 in the ACC.

The win was the second straight on the road to start ACC play, the first time the Tigers have accomplished the feat since the 2006-07 season.

Clemson is 2-0 on the road in ACC play for only the fifth time in its history. The other seasons Clemson started 2-0 on the road in league play were 1975-76, 1986-87, 1996-97 and 2006-07.

The win gave Clemson back-to-back road wins in the ACC for the first time since 2008-09. Ironically, that season the Tigers won at Virginia Tech and then Boston College. This time around, the Tigers reversed the order by winning at BC on Jan. 4 and then at Virginia Tech tonight.

Clemson’s win was its fourth in Cassell Coliseum since the Hokies joined the ACC in 2004-05. The Tigers won in 2006, 2007 and 2009 previously.

Clemson improved to 3-1 in conference play, the first time the Tigers have won three of their first four ACC games since the 2009-10 season.

Clemson wore purple jerseys Wednesday. The last time the Tigers won at Virginia Tech (2009), Clemson also wore purple.

The Tigers’ second-team unit wears purple in practice, and Wednesday the “purple” group outscored Virginia Tech’s bench by a margin of 19-6. Clemson is 9-1 this season when outscoring the opposition’s bench.

Clemson improved to 25-2 all-time under Head Coach Brad Brownell when holding opponents to 50 points or less.

The Tigers held Virginia Tech to 49 points, its lowest total this season. That is the second straight ACC opponent (Duke) that Clemson has held to its low point total.

Clemson has held its first four ACC opponents to 60 points or less, the first time that has happened since 2010-11, Brownell’s first season. That season, Clemson held NC State, Florida State, Virginia and Georgia Tech to 60 or less in consecutive games from Jan. 25 through Feb. 5.

Player Notes

K.J. McDaniels led the Tigers in scoring with 14 points, the 11th time he has led or tied the Clemson lead in scoring this season.

McDaniels had one blocked shot to bring his streak of consecutive games with at least one to eight; he now has 122 career blocks and needs just five to pass John Campbell for eighth on Clemson’s all-time list.

Rod Hall made multiple three-point goals for a third straight road game. He had two at both Auburn and Boston College.

Hall is now shooting 6-for-9 on the season from three-point range in road games.

Adonis Filer scored nine points Wednesday and produced a clutch basket inside the final 90 seconds for a second straight road game; Filer’s nine are his most against an ACC team since last season at Virginia Tech when he had 13.

Jaron Blossomgame led the Tigers with seven rebounds Wednesday and now has 21 over his last two games.

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