The Clemson Tigers found out who their opponent will be in their opening game of the ACC Tournament, after the Boston College Eagles pulled out a thrilling 91-87 victory over NC State on Wednesday.
The Eagles led the game by as many as 17 points, but NC State used a furious second-half rally to draw even, though never grabbed the lead. ACC Player of the Year runner-up Jerome Robinson hit the tie-breaking jumper with 17 seconds left to put Boston College up for good.
Markell Johnson made a driving layup to bring NC State back within two, but tried to call timeout when NC State had none left, resulting in a technical foul. Robinson hit two free-throws to put the game out of reach.
The Tigers beat Boston College, 74-70 in Chestnut Hill on January 3rd, but Boston College Coach Jim Christian wants his players to celebrate their quarterfinal berth first:
Boston College Coach Jim Christian
Clemson Head Coach Brad Brownell and his team arrived in Brooklyn late Tuesday, later than expected because of the inclement weather in the Tri-State New York area.
Brownell joined SportsTalk on Wednesday to preview Thursday’s contest, and believes the BC challenge is hard to tackle because of their ability to be so potent from the perimeter:
Clemson Coach Brad Brownell
Clemson and Boston College meet in the ACC Quarterfinals at Barclays Center on Thursday at 2 PM on ESPN.