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Virginia Tech shoots for share of ACC regular-season crown

Mar 4, 2007 - 3:18 PM Clemson (20-9) at No. 21 Virginia Tech (20-9) 1:00 pm EST

BLACKSBURG, Virginia (Ticker) -- Despite some recent inconsistent play, Virginia Tech can still finish in a first-place tie in the Atlantic Coast Conference standings.

The 21st-ranked Hokies look for their third victory in four games and improve their seeding in the upcoming conference tournament when they conclude the regular season Sunday against Clemson.

After splitting their last eight contests, Virginia Tech (20-9, 10-5 ACC) is in a three-way tie with North Carolina and Boston College for second place in the conference standings, one-half game behind Virginia.

The Hokies had a two-game winning streak ended with Thursday's 69-56 loss to the Cavaliers. Zabian Dowdell scored 17 points and was the only player in double figures for Virginia Tech.

Since winning its first 17 games, Clemson (20-9, 6-9) is just 3-9. The Tigers are looking for three road wins in ACC play for the first time since 1996-1997 and can tie Florida State for eighth place in the standings.

Clemson snapped a four-game slide with Wednesday's 74-70 triumph over Miami. James Mays scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Tigers won their 20th game for the first time since 1998-1999.

This is the first meeting between the teams this season. Virginia Tech has a 10-7 lead in the all-time series.