The Clemson Tigers were ranked No. 9 in the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee’s early look at the Top 16 seeds just a month away from the 2018 NCAA Tournament.
Clemson sits at 20-4 and are in second place in the ACC with a 9-3 conference record, and it’s clear that the selection committee valued their play within the league along with their few key non-conference wins.
The Tigers got their first big win of the season over Ohio State on the road back in late-November. The Buckeyes have surged of late and wound up ranked No. 14 by the selection committee on Sunday, so that’s a strong Quadrant I victory for Clemson.
They’ve also a win at Florida and a home win over South Carolina on their non-conference schedule to aid their resume. However, it’s clear that what they’ve done in the league has helped carry them as much as anything except the Ohio State win.
They’ve only won two games away from home in league play (against Georgia Tech and Wake Forest), but they do have wins over North Carolina (No. 12) and Miami to go along with a Notre Dame win that could have some added value as the Irish get healthy and make a tournament run down the stretch.
Currently, the Tigers are slated to go to Omaha in the Midwest despite being the top No. 3 seed because Virginia is already in Atlanta as the ACC’s top representative in the South. They’ll take on Xavier, Auburn and Oklahoma as fellow Top 4 seeds in that region.
Clemson coach Brad Brownell joined the CBS reveal of the Selection Committee Top 16 to express his thoughts.
“It would be great in [four] weeks if we were a No. 3 seed,” Brownell said. “And we really wouldn’t mind where we went. Really proud of the way our guys have played this year. They’ve gotten off to a great start and certainly have a little work to finish.”
Duke was the fourth ACC team in the Top 16 at No 7.
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