The Clemson Tigers used an offensive onslaught to completely dismantle the SEC regular-season champion Auburn Tigers, in an 84-53 win Sunday to advance to the NCAA Tournament Round of 16.
Auburn’s undoing came in the final 10:33 of the first half, where their offense went absent. The higher-seeded Tigers went 0-for-18 to close the half, as Clemson’s lead went from 18-15 to 43-19 by end of the first 20 minutes.
Clemson shot 53 percent in the first half, and 48 percent for the game, as Gabe DeVoe led the Tigers with 22 with Elijah Thomas adding a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
The 31-point margin of victory was the most lopsided margin of victory for a five-seed over a fourth seed, eclipsing the previous high of 24 points.
The Tigers advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1997, and the fourth time in school history. The 25th win on the season also tied a school record for the most in program history.
Clemson Head Coach Brad Brownell had very little to criticize following the Tigers’ romp.
Clemson Postgame Press Conference (Brad Brownell, Gabe DeVoe & Marcquise Reed)
The Tigers move on to the regional semifinal to face the Kansas Jayhawks in Omaha Friday. The Jayhawks advanced out of the Wichita pod by beating Penn and Seton Hall in their first two tournament games.