Clemson’s ACC tournament schedule as well as who they will play is set. Unlike the SEC tournament, the ACC tourney format consist of pool play. That mean’s every team is guaranteed three games and who you play in those three games is determined by where you are seeded. The Tigers are the third seed. There are two pools of four teams and the top team from each pool advances to Sunday’s championship game. Confused? We haven’t even gotten into the kooky tiebreakers that will come into play should two teams finish with the exact same record. But we can save that for later.
First, here is the ACC Tournament bracket.
It is a great draw for Clemson for a couple of reasons. One they get Wednesday off. That is an extra day to rest and travel to Durham. Second, they play Virginia in their first game Thursday night. The Tigers may be fighting with the Cavaliers for a chance to host an NCAA Regional next week. What better way to separate yourself than with a win in a head-to head matchup? Then you have a winnable game against Duke on Friday and a great matchup against a top five North Carolina team on Saturday. That game against the Heels will give the Tigers another chance to built on its already high RPI and further improve its hosting resume for the committee.
If Clemson beats Virginia and North Carolina I think they are a lock to host. Even if they just beat Virginia and Duke and lost to the Tar Heels I believe they will have a good shot at playing at home next week. The good news is they control their own destiny.
Tigers coach Jack Leggett will have a conference call later today and we’ll have that up on the site this afternoon. For those of you needing your Leggett fix now, here are some of his comments after the team’s sweep at NC State: Leggett Post NC State