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Virginia Cavaliers at Clemson Tigers (-1, 113.5)
How effective Virginia’s Joe Harris can be with a fractured left hand is the big question in this matchup.
The sophomore guard, who ranks second on the team in scoring (12.5), suffered the injury to his non-shooting hand in Saturday’s loss at North Carolina.
Harris will keep playing, with the team saying "Harris’ hand will be protected and he will be closely monitored."
No. 22 Virginia leads the all-time series 67-51, including a four-point win in Charlottesville on Jan. 31. But the Tigers have won two straight over Virginia at Littlejohn Coliseum, by a combined 41 points.
Clemson snapped its three-game skid with a 20-point win at woeful Wake Forest on Saturday. That win will have the Tigers riding high heading into this one.
Mississippi State Bulldogs at LSU Tigers (-1, 136)
The Bulldogs look to return to form and sweep the Tigers for the fourth time in six years.
Mississippi State had won six of its previous eight games, including a 76-71 victory in Baton Rouge on Jan. 25.
But the Bulldogs blew a seven-point lead and lost at home to Georgia in overtime on Saturday, 70-68. Mississippi State is tied with Vanderbilt for third in the SEC, 4 ½ games behind top-ranked Kentucky. LSU has won two of its past three after losing five of six.
The Tigers held off suspension-ravaged Alabama on Saturday, 67-58.
The Tigers are one of the better defensive teams in the conference, ranking fourth in average points allowed and fifth in defensive field-goal percentage. But the Tigers shoot just 40.8 percent from the field, next-to-last in the SEC.
Justin Hamilton scored 21 points in the victory over Alabama, after averaging just 10.3 points in his previous four games. The Tigers are ninth in the SEC, but just two games behind Mississippi State.