It’s been a rough season for the Clemson basketball team in ACC play, but despite only four league wins the Tigers are still hoovering on the bubble in a few NCAA Tournament projections. The strength and reputation of the league is no doubt helping, but at some point the Tigers are going to have to win a few games to warrant staying in the postseason discussion.
It isn’t like the Tigers aren’t giving themselves a chance. They’ve played about a dozen games that have been decided by six points or less. The problem is they have lost 10 of those. Those kind of losses can take a toll on a team emotionally and that is something Brad Brownell has been fighting to control with his team for the past several weeks.
Saturday Florida State will roll into Littlejohn Coliseum gunning for a season sweep of the Tigers. The game between these two earlier this month in Tallahassee was not one of those aforementioned close losses for Clemson. It was quite the opposite, actually. The Seminoles won by 48 points. Just a hunch, but the guess here is the one Saturday is a bit closer.
A win over the Noles would be a big confidence booster for the Tigers and maybe, just maybe, the catalyst they need for a late season push that can keep them in the NCAA Tournament picture. A loss would almost certainly end any talk of the postseason and crank the heat up another level or two on Brownell.
Check out what Brownell and Avry Holmes had to say about the matchup with F.S.U. below.