Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Clemson in the ACC: The Streak

Right now, Clemson is in major jeopardy of ending what we consider to be one of the most impressive feats in the ACC. And not just an impressive feat for Clemson, but for the entirety of the ACC.

Over it's nearly 60 year history, I don't know that we've seen a team as consistent as Clemson has been in the three revenue generating sports (sorry chick basketball - you don't count).

Currently, Clemson is riding a 23 year consecutive streak, across all three sports, of finishing at least .500 in conference play. This includes fourteen straight years in football, five in baseball, and four in basketball.

And if Clemson is unable to win out their last four ACC games, this streak will come to an end.

To put this streak in perspective, only Georgia Tech has a longer streak in football, only Duke has a longer streak in basketball, and only Florida State, Miami, & Vorginia have longer streaks in baseball.

To further the point, only five teams can claim to have current streaks for each of the three sports (Clemson, FSU, Miami, UNC, & NC State), and of those five, three started this academic season (Miami, UNC, & NC State). Meaning only Clemson and FSU can claim multiple year streaks in each of three sports. Furthermore, three teams have no active streaks for any of the three sports (BC, Maryland, & Wake). More teams have active losing streaks than active winning streaks...

To show how rarified the air in which Clemson is competing, let's break down each sport to show how the current ACC schools are faring.

For years, the mediocrity of the ACC has been cited as it's main downfall. And while that may be true seeing as just under half the teams garnered four wins for a second straight year, don't blame Clemson or Georgia Tech. Combined, they have 32 years of actively finishing with at least four conference wins. In fact, the two streaks are long enough to predate the ACC's expansion from 9 to 12. While the ACC may be volatile from year to year, it's always known Clemson and Georgia Tech to be more than competitive.

Basketball has always been the conference's strongpoint, at least nationally. However, there's actually more fluctuations in basketball than there are in football. For example, both football and basketball had seven teams win at least half their conference games. But of those, seven, five football schools had done this the year before while only four basketball schools can say the same. Of those nine total schools with at least two straight seasons in both football and basketball, only Clemson and FSU make both lists.

Neither what Georgia Tech has done in football nor what Duke has done in basketball compares with what FSU and Miami are currently doing in baseball. Both schools have active streaks of at least 21 years - and it could be longer if we counted FSU's time in the Metro conference and Miami's time as an independent. In fact, to keep the numbers usable, we started their two streaks when FSU joined the ACC (Miami made the College World Series as an independent each of the years between the year FSU joined the ACC and when they joined, thus those years were counted).

Overall, in baseball you either have a multi-year streak or you have no streak - there's no room in between.

Overall, by factoring in FSU's 21 straight baseball seasons, along with their current six year football run, and four year basketball run, they have the longest overall streak at 34 years. Behind them, Clemson and Miami with 23 years apiece. Clemson's streak goes 14-5-4 while Miami's goes 1-1-21. The next closest is Georgia Tech with 18 (all football) and Duke with 17 (all basketball).

Clemson's current success in the three revenue generating sports should not go unnoticed, nor should it be discredited. With college sports being as competitive and balanced as they are, to put together 23 straight seasons across three sports is quite impressive. If you don't believe us, just ask Maryland and Auburn (0 for 3), Georgia (1-3), South Carolina and Texas (basketball), or Alabama (baseball).

What's nearly amazing is how close these streaks came to being exceptionally long. Clemson is one Tommy West season from adding another five football seasons and one miserable baseball season from adding another 16 baseball seasons. Duke is one broken back from adding another few basketball seasons and FSU is one of a legend away from running it's football streak to the max.

But even with those seasons, Clemson still finds themselves with the second longest active streak in the ACC over the last 20+ years, or more than the state of Virginia or any of the North Carolina schools.

Hopefully, Clemson makes a run to end the season, but we're not overly hopeful. And if it doesn't, then we'll deal with it, move on, and try to start another one next year.

But in the meantime, let's celebrate what Clemson, its coaches and athletes have accomplished.

P.S. - Clemson's basketball streak is longer than those of UNC & NC State, combined...

Data (sorted by total active streak):

School Football Basketball Baseball Total
FSU 6 4 21 31
Clemson 14 5 4 23
Miami 1 1 21 23
GT 18 0 0 18
Duke 0 17 0 17
UVA 0 1 9 10
VT 10 0 0 10
NC State 3 1 3 7
UNC 1 2 2 5
BC 0 0 0 0
Maryland 0 0 0 0
Wake 0 0 0 0

Friday, February 22, 2013

What Frank Martin Really Wanted to Say

We were a little taken aback after hearing of Frank Martin's epic rant last week following a loss to SEC doormat LSU. And even when coaches go too far in bashing their team, they still don't fully say what they want to say. So, below are the Top 8 quotes from Frank Martin's press conference (as ordered by USA Today) in bold and what he actually wanted to say below in italics:

  1. (On a list of former players Martin has coached, including Jacob Pullen, Rodney McGruder, Denis Clemente, Brent Wright, Sylbrin Robinson, Udonis Haslem, Steve Blake, Jose Baseu, Gimel Martinez, Allen Edwards, Steve Edwards and Doug Edwards) If I had any of them on my team, then I'd have a guy I could trust on my team. So we'd be all right tomorrow.
    1. If only South Carolina were more like a high school team, then at least we’d be respectable...
  1. We lead the country in air-ball layups.
    1. The players understood when I told them we’ll be doing the ole 2-man and 3-man layup drills before games now. But they were excited when I told them they’d get orange slices at halftime and a star crunch and juice box after the game...
  1. If you've got no life for what you do, then you shouldn't do it. If you've got no passion for what you do, then you shouldn't do it. Right now, we're passionless, and we're lifeless.
    1. Well at least they live in a beautiful city, with lots of green space, and no crime. What? Columbia was voted 3rd worst city to live in by Men’s Health? Oh, maybe that explains it...
  1. If you take Bruce Ellington off our team, you'd probably have the 12 leading candidates for the starring roles in ... The Return of the Living Dead, the zombie movie.
    1. I bet watching a zombie movie marathon, full of screaming teenage girls, would be more fun than this. Actually, that sounds like a great team activity. I bet if we convince Bruce to go, everyone else will too...
  1. If I've lost them, then they better disappear, because it's going to be hard for them to be here next year if I've lost them 10 months into the job.
    1. Please disappear. Except for you way down there on the end of the bench. What’s your GPA? Good – you can stay – we’ll need you to keep everyone else eligible...
  1. I've been doing this for 28 years, nine of which as a junior varsity high school coach. That means I've dealt with 14-year-olds. I've never been more embarrassed to call myself a basketball coach than I am today.
    1. I bet some of those Miami high school teams could beat this one – wait, don’t mention high school. They might remember my recruiting “indiscretions”...
  1. If this was the NBA, we'd fine them, we'd take their money, we'd release them and say, 'Good luck with ever finding another job.'
    1. If this was football, we would fine them, especially with what they make from bagmen. Don’t let anyone know, but we actually tell everyone at school here: “Good luck ever finding a job.”
  1. I have never been so embarrassed. I shouldn't coach basketball ever again if this is how my team plays.
    1. With what they’re paying me, I should be able to buy my 28 years of retirement from the State and call it a day. I may even TERI a year, just because I can...
Coach Martin - as a Tiger fan, I say thank you (and keep it up)!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Clemson & Miami: 10 Things to Takeaway

Sunday night’s basketball game was the movie you’ve seen a hundred times before. You can quote the best lines and you know exactly what’s about to happen, yet you still get all choked up at the ending. Like Rudy or Field of Dreams. Well, not exactly like those – because they have a happy and satisfying ending. The Clemson basketball team is more like a tragedy. You know the ending, watch anyway, cry, and then feel silly because you knew better. You told yourself you wouldn’t fall for it again – but you did...

But like most great movies with a terrible ending, you look back and remember the good times, the funny lines, and the memorable scenes. And for some reason, you feel better about yourself. You’re not sure why, but you do.

And that’s what this article is – a chance to look back at Sunday night’s game, find some takeaways, remember the good times, and think about what might have been. Here are 10 takeaways from Sunday night’s game. Maybe they’ll be as therapeutic for you as they were for me.

Jordan Roper
With only two upperclassmen on the roster, the young guys were going to get plenty of looks. Few have taken advantage of those opportunities as Mr. Roper. At one point Mr. McDaniels was taking asserting himself, but as teams began focusing on him, it left others, namely Mr. Roper, open. And he hasn’t disappointed. Hopefully he can build on this performance and become an offensive threat – something Clemson has sorely missed.

Free Throw Shooting
Good night, where to start? How about Cliff Ellis, because it seems Clemson’s free throw shooting problems can be traced back at least that far. Everyone remember Tate George and “The Shot”? Wouldn’t have mattered if Sean Tyson hits the front end of a 1-and-1. Sound familiar? Sunday night, Clemson is up 4 and shooting free throws. McDaniels misses the front end and here comes Miami. McDaniels gets a second chance on the next possession, but only gets 1 of 2. If he hits just one more of those free throws, Clemson is going to overtime, at worst.

Family Time
This game was the first one to really capture my family’s attention. We had it on from the start and they kept tabs while I stayed glued to the tv. With Clemson up 4, and the kids ready for bed, we decided to let them stay up a bit later to watch (plus we didn’t want to miss the ending). They learned a ton about basketball, but unfortunately, even more about defeat.

Credit to Miami
Very rarely can you force a team to play your style of basketball for a full 40 minutes, but that is what Clemson did. From start to finish, Clemson dictated pace and play. And Miami still won. Miami scored 25 points less than their season average, and still won. Miami’s main shooters were ice cold, and they still won. Littlejohn was rocking and the pressures of being undefeated were immense, and Miami still won. And in the end, when Miami was down 4 with under 2 to go, they found a way to win.

While Clemson had chances to put this game away, all credit to Miami for hanging tough and winning. Now go beat the Hell out of Dook and UNC!

Best Defensive Game
I can honestly say this was the best defensive game I’ve seen Clemson play in many years. At a minimum, you’d have to go back to the 2009 beat down of Duke. But I think you go back further – to the brawl between Clemson & USC, where USC earned their first firstdown following a blocked punt, and never really crossed midfield. That defense was dominant, maybe as much as Sunday nights'...

Good Crowd
The crowds at Littlejohn have left much to be desired, but Sunday night’s game was one of the better crowds I’ve seen at Littlejohn. Much credit to the students who showed up, and to the season ticket holders who were loud and proud.

And more than that, I saw very little Miami garb. I know their success has been a surprise, but many times a visiting team is able to snatch up the prime seats, which are clearly visible on tv. Sunday night, not so much.

Jim Larranaga
While I’m not overly fond of Miami’s players, there’s something about Mr. Jim I enjoy. It’s easy to root against the Roy Williams’ and Coach K’s of the world, but I can’t see myself doing the same with Mr. Jim. He’s not an overly emotional guy, seemed very humble in the postgame interview, and in general looked like a likable and personable guy. And while he finally left George Mason, he didn’t bolt after their Final Four run.

Let’s hope he stays that way.

How Good is Miami?
I will say it now – Miami wins the ACC regular season, but they won’t win any postseason tournaments.

After watching Miami put a beating on Duke & UNC, I was beginning to come around. However, after Sunday night, I’m a little worried about Miami’s long term prospects. If they play a team with a similar style, they should be fine. But if they run into a solid defensive team that can hit some shots – a la the Big Ten, I think they may have some trouble. If Clemson hits anything in the first half, it’s a different game, or if they make free throws, it’s a different game. Eventually, Miami will find a team that will hit a few shots and make their free throws. And they could be in trouble.

What Could Have Been
Not sure who owns the “One Play Away” mantra: Tommy Bowden or Brad Brownell. To Brownell’s credit, he hasn’t gone down that road yet, but we might as well. Right now, Clemson is 5-8 in the ACC. They could easily be 8-5, in 4th place in the ACC, and on the bubble.

Unfortunately for Clemson, they’ll be spending a good portion of this offseason wondering what could’ve been. This is their fifth ACC game they’ve lost by five points or less, and that doesn’t include the loss at BC where Clemson was within 1 with just over a minute to go. Clemson will look back and wonder “What if we made a shot or two in the first half against BC”, or “What if We Made a Free Throw Against NC State or Miami”, or “What if Karl Hess wasn’t at the FSU Game”. Hopefully, these will be lessons learned for next year.

Everyone is making a stink about the charge call against Rod Hall, as well they should, but for once, I have no beef with Karl Hess. Overall, I thought the game was called pretty fair – it was loose, but it was a clean game. Many may disagree, but I don’t think we can lay this one at the zebra’s feet.

And one to grow on:

The Streak
We’ll get into this a bit more in a future post, but Clemson is in major jeopardy of ending their streak of finishing at least .500 in conference play. It may not seem like much, but when you factor in that only Clemson and Duke have accomplished this feat, it’s pretty impressive. Also, Clemson is one of only five ACC schools to have a streak in all three revenue generating sports, and one of only two schools where all three streaks are of multiple years.

We’ll dive into this a bit more, but Clemson will need to pull off a road win at either Maryland or Miami to keep the streak alive.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Miami at Clemson: Much to Play For

We held tight to the dream that this Clemson basketball team was capable of making a run at becoming a bubble team for the NCAA Tournament. And while we were ultimately wrong (shocker, right?), we were dang close. Just think - if Clemson is able to close out double digit leads vs both FSU & NC State (and if those guys could miss a three in the clutch), they'd be sitting at 7-5 in the conference, rather than 5-7. And as soft as this bubble is, 7-5 and 4th in the ACC would put you squarely on it. The outside of it, perhaps, but on it nonetheless.

However, as in typical Clemson fashion, those guys did bury those shots and Clemson is left playing the “what if” game. And unfortunately, the selection committee and computers don't focus on what nearly happened, but rather on what did happen. And you see, what had happened was, Clemson lost those games and sits at 5-7 in the ACC with no chance of making the NCAA Tournament and needing some wins to make the NIT.

But this season is not lost and it should not be cashed in. While Clemson’s NCAA dreams may be over, there is still one very important streak that remains achievable: Finishing at least 0.500 in conference play.

Over the last five years, only two teams have finished at least 8-8 each season: Duke & Clemson. Yep, just us. Not UNC (2010) or Maryland (just twice over the five years) or FSU (2008). Just Clemson & Duke. Duke & Clemson.

How's that taste Chapel Hill (just ignore that other streak and the title)? How's that make you feel John Swofford? Hey Georgia Tech - jealous? You should be, considering you have the opposite streak going (you haven't sniffed 8-8 or better since 2006 - when you went 8-8).

But the path to 9-9 will not be easy. Not when you're down two games with only six to go. And with four of those games against teams above Clemson in the standings, Clemson has some work to do.

So, if Clemson wants to get to 9-9, here’s a quick summary of how they get there:

Home Games:
To get to nine conference wins, Clemson only has two losses to play with. And it would be great to hold those for the road games. However, the home slate is tough, with Miami & UNC coming to town. Assuming Clemson takes care of BC, you still need to split Miami & UNC just to give yourselves a chance to get to 9 wins. This won't be easy considering both teams have superior athletes that like to run - the opposite of Clemson's skill set.

Best Case: 3-0
Worst Case: 1-2
What really happens: Clemson plays hard against Miami, but comes up short in the end. Clemson bounces back to defeat a tight UNC team hoping to make the tourney. By going 2-1, they give themselves a shot at hitting the nine win mark.

Road Games:
At most, Clemson will have two losses to play with; however, they may need three as their schedule takes them to Maryland, VT, & Miami. Miami has yet to lose a conference game and Maryland only has two home losses - a tight one to FSU early in the season and their last game to a hot UVA team. VT is last in the league, but still a tough out in Blacksburg.

Best Case: 2-1
Worst Case: 0-3
What really happens: Clemson is able to snag one of the two games against either Maryland or VT and will roll into Coral Gables at 8-9 looking for a win to keep the streak alive; however, senior night on South Beach is not kind to the Tigers and the streak comes to an end.

If Clemson wants to keep the streak alive, they must win Sunday. If they don't, then Clemson needs to steal two ACC road wins, when they only have one so far.

So, the drive for #6 starts Sunday night. Can they do it? Absolutely! This Clemson team has played well at home, and while Miami has yet to lose a conference game, they've had some close calls on the road (60-59 over BC and 79-78 over NC State).

But will they pull off the upset and will they get to 9-9? Who knows, but let’s hope they do.

Go Tigers!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

NC State at Clemson: Do What You Do

Last week, we put together a post about the many signs pointing against a Clemson win @ BC called "Something's Gotta Give". Unfortunately, something did give - Clemson.

My, how things change. This time last week, Clemson was 4-4 in the ACC, and frustrated it wasn't in a better position. This week, Clemson's trying to figure out how they won 4 games. Last week, NC State was near the top of the ACC. This week, they've lost three in a row and are in danger of becoming a bubble team.

And this Sunday, rather than many signs pointing against a Clemson loss, things are actually aligning for a Clemson win. So, rather than naming this post "Something's Gotta Give", we're honoring Deion Sanders (or Leon Sandcastle) and naming it "Do What You Do".

So, if Clemson is able to do what it does in these few areas, then they should be able to walk out of Littlejohn tied with NC State in the ACC Standings:
  • Over Clemson's last 12 games, they are 6-6. This includes six streaks of wins and losses: WWLLWWLLWWLL
    • If Clemson will "Do What You Do", then the Tigers can right the ship and start their typical 2 game winning streak
  • Clemson has won four straight ACC games in Littlejohn
    • If Clemson will "Do What You Do", then Clemson can run the streak to five
  • NC State has lost three games in a row, four in a row on the road, and 4 of 6 overall since defeating then #1 Duke
    • If NC State will "Do What You Do", then they remain due for another loss
  • Clemson has defeated NC State four straight times in Littlejohn
    • If both Clemson and NC State will "Do What You Do", then Clemson can run the streak to five
  • At home, Clemson tends to play great defense (tall white guys from Purdue notwithstanding). In fact, Clemson has held Virginia & Wake Forest to their lowest point totals of the season. In addition, Clemson held NC State to lowest its lowest home total of the season.
    • If Clemson's defense will "Do What You Do" at home, then Clemson can stifle NC State's offensive rhythm and force them to play at Clemson's pace
  • Offensively, NC State is a machine: They are 10th in scoring & 3rd in field goal percentage. Minus these last two games, Clemson is 13th in scoring defense and 44th in field goal percentage defense. And while these last two games count, they are not the norm.
    • If Clemson's defense will "Do What You Do", then Clemson can force NC State to play its game at its pace
  • One area of concern for Clemson will be three point shooting. NC State is in the Top 15 in both three point percentage and three point percentage defense. Meanwhile, Clemson is ranked >230 in both categories.
    • If both Clemson and NC State "Do What You Do", then Clemson will be in for a long day
Hopefully, when Clemson and NC State tipoff, things go Clemson's way - and they do what they do. But in this case, Clemson needs to change what they've been doing and hope, or force, NC State to keep on doing what they've been doing. Whichever team does a better job of forcing their will onto the other should leave town with a much needed "W".

Either way, it should be a good game, and here's to the Tigers having something positive to banter about.

Go Tigers!

10 Reasons We Knew it Was Signing Day in Columbia, SC

In honor of National Signing Day (NSD) being a rousing success across the south, here are 10 reasons Columbia, SC knew it was the first Wednesday in February:
  1. The Whitney suddenly has 25 new vacancies
  2. East Carolina coaches are crying foul
  3. Local trophy shops are bidding on creating the next "SEC recruiting trophy"
  4. Richland County Sherriff's Office begins holding special seminars
  5. Phil Kornblut is constantly fanning himself, trying to cool off
  6. Five Points is as clean as it will ever be
  7. Lexington Medical Center is swamped with babies named after the recruiting class, like Pharoh, Skai, & Na'Ty
  8. The black market sees a spike in demand for fake smoke and cages
  9. The incoming players want rings for finishing 8th - in the SEC
  10. Spurrier is spotted in golf spikes, asking for directions to Augusta
In all seriousness, good luck to all recruits who have chosen this state to call home for the next four years, especially those who chose the orange and purple of The Promised Land.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Clemson's NCAA Tourney Tracker: The End?

Let’s be honest – we knew Clemson making the NCAA Tournament would require a minor miracle. And we knew Clemson wouldn’t win every game remaining on their schedule. But I don’t think anyone expected yesterday’s course of events:

  -  Being unable to have a proper shoot around prior to the game
  -  Being lit up from three point range
  -  Thinking defense was optional
  -  Facing a 20 point deficit
  -  Seeing the other team struggle at the free throw line
  -  Cutting the lead to 1
  -  Thinking defense was optional
  -  Leaving Chestnut Hill once again without a win

Clemson really needed this win. Their RPI and Strength of Schedule were already low. Now they’re even lower. They couldn’t afford sub 100 RPI losses. Now they have another. They needed to sweep a few teams. Now they’re running out of options.

But is all lost? No, but it’s really close. And if Clemson needed a minor miracle before BC, they need a major one now. So while we’re not quite ready to cash in the quest for being an NCAA Tournament team, we are not exactly encouraged by what needs to happen.

Goal: 11 Conference wins and RPI around 50
Current: 4-5, with 4 home games and 5 road games remaining
RPI: 132 (Down 22 points since defeating GT)
Strength of Schedule: 149 (Down 25 points since defeating GT)

Home Games:
Based upon our last projections, Clemson needed to go 3-1 in their remaining home games. Since the loss to BC, they may need to do run the table at home to give themselves more wiggle room for road games.

As we’ve previously stated, every team that comes into Littlejohn can be beaten. The question will be which Clemson team shows up and how they shoot the basketball. Also, Clemson will need some help from the locals as their last few games have been horribly attended.

Can Clemson run the table against NC State, Miami, UNC, & BC? This team has shown it’s capable of anything, though not consistent enough to win them all.

Road Games:
With road games at Virginia (Thursday), Miami, Maryland, VT, & GT, Clemson only has room for two more losses. That means a team that has yet to win on the road in ACC play now has to go 3-2. This task may be more improbable than running the table at home.

Even with the disappointment of losing to BC, Clemson fans should be encouraged by this team and their unwillingness to quit. They could have cashed the season in after the heartbreaker at FSU, but they rebounded by taking care of VT at home. And in this game, when Clemson got down by 20, they could have coasted to the finish. The outcome would have been the same, and few would have blamed them. But they refused to quit, fought back, and gave themselves a chance in the end.

Clemson will need to maintain that mentality to have a shot at the Tourney as their backs are truly against the wall, the deck is stacked against them, and most folks have left them for dead. And I think they will, but unfortunately, the near misses against FSU & BC may cause Clemson to be forced to ponder what could have been rather than enjoying the fruits of their labor.

Tune in this Thursday as Clemson travels to UVA to try to get back on track and earn their first road win in the ACC.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Clemson at BC: Something’s Gotta Give

As I sit here for The TigerSwag’s annual Winter Retreat (read vacation for my wife and I), I’m struck by how many things working against Clemson in today’s game at Boston College. And yet, this is a game Clemson must win to have any legitimate shot at being a bubble team come Selection Sunday.

So, for Clemson to have a shot at making the NCAA Tournament, something’s gotta give, and it needs to start today at BC:
  • Clemson is 6-4 over their last 10 games, but everything has come in twos: WW, LL, WW, LL, and WW. Clemson will be gunning for their third win in a row, something they haven’t done all season
    • For Clemson to be considered a bubble team, something has gotta give
  • Clemson has just two road wins all season (and neither is over a decent team – FU & USC), and Clemson is 0-3 on the road in ACC play.
    • For Clemson to be considered a bubble team, something has gotta give
  • Clemson has finished at least 0.500 in league play for the last five seasons, but after losing at home to FSU, Clemson needs to find at least one road win. Yet, BC may not be the locale as Clemson has just one win in Chestnut Hill since BC joined the league
    • For Clemson to be considered a bubble team, something has gotta give
  • For Clemson to be considered a bubble team, they need to sweep at least 2 teams, and two games against BC will be one of their better opportunities. However, since BC joined the league, Clemson has never swept them.
    • For Clemson to be considered a bubble team, something has gotta give
  • Clemson’s current RPI and Strength of Schedule are over 100, and BC won’t provide much help as they are ranked 145. But even wins over lower ranked teams gives you a little bump. And a loss would be disasterous.
    • For Clemson to be considered a bubble team, something has gotta give
  • Clemson is favored by 1, and is 5-1 against the spread on the road including 2-1 in ACC play. On the other side, BC is 5-3-1 against the spread at home, including 2-1 in ACC play.
    • For Clemson to be considered a bubble team, something has gotta give
  • Statistically, Clemson and BC are nearly identical. For instance:
    • BC scores just under 4 more points a game (68.0 to 64.2)
    • Clemson collects just over 1 rebound more per game (34.3 to 33.1)
    • BC dishes out just over 1 more assist per game (12.5 to 11.4)
    • Clemson shoots 10 percentage points (0.441 to 0.431)
    • For Clemson to be considered a bubble team, something has gotta give
So, when Clemson tips off with BC today around noon, something is going to give. Let’s just hope it’s BC rather than Clemson’s tourney chances.

Note: Tim Bourret played no part in this analysis, though hopefully he’d be proud...