In the midst of the first losing streak of the season, Clemson's chances of ending it would be improved with the return of starting point guard Shelton Mitchell for Wednesday's game at Virginia Tech, But as of Monday night, head coach Brad Brownell is still unsure of whether the junior guard will be able to play.

Mitchell was injured last Wednesday at Florida State when he took an elbow to the head in the final seconds of the overtime loss.

"He's still in concussion protocol," Brownell said Monday night on his radio call-in show.

"Tomorrow (Tuesday) will be a day when we'll know exactly where he's at. I don't know yet. Again, I'm trying to worry about the guys that we have for sure. If Shelton plays, great. Good to have him. But if he doesn't, we just have to just keep pushing forward. Virginia Tech's a very good team that plays a lot of small players. That's going to create opportunities for other guys if that's the case. We have to get our minds right. It's easier to prepare with him. We're doing both."

One of the options for Clemson is to put Clyde Trapp at the point. Trapp is a freshman guard who won a state championship in his senior season at Lower Richland High School.

Clemson fell a few spots in both national polls, slipping four spots to 15th in the AP Top 25 and five spots to 17th in the USA Today Coaches Poll.