Clemson (19-13) has landed a No. 2 seed in the National Invitation Tournament and will play host to Wright State Tuesday night at 7:00 PM on ESPNU. Clemson’s Brad Brownell coached Wright State 2006-10. South Carolina (16-16) falls short of inclusion in either the NCAA or NIT fields.
Clemson’s bracket would lead them to the winner of the Furman-Wichita State game. Furman, of course, is about 30 miles outside Clemson’s campus and Wichita State is led by Greenwood native and former Winthrop head coach Gregg Marshall.
Despite finishing No. 35 in the NET rankings, Clemson was denied entry into the NCAA Tournament behind Temple, Belmont, Arizona State and St. John’s.
South Carolina’s failure to make either the NCAA Tournament or NIT likely means the end of Chris Silva’s career with the Gamecocks. Silva was named to the coaches’ All-SEC first team last week.
Alabama, TCU, UNC Greensboro and Indiana were named the top seeds in the NIT’s 32-team field. Indiana is the No. 1 seed in Clemson’s portion of the bracket. The semifinals and finals of the tournament will be held April 2nd and 4th at Madison Square Garden, New York.