NCAA Tournament Preview: Enter Clemson

So, last night, I only watched part of the Alabama-Birmingham/Clemson game. When I saw in the 1st half that Clemson was pulling away, I knew I wouldn’t have to flip back-and-forth between that game (on truTV) and the Donald Trump Roast. The Roast was fun to watch; and Clempsum won, 70-58.

So, now, I guess I gotta take a look at the Clempsum Tigers… after the jump, if you will.

Jerai Grant scored a career-high 22 points, hitting 10 of 15 shots from the field and also grabbed 7 rebounds. Their leading scorer, Demontez Stitt, had only 7 points. Clempsum’s other forward, Devin Booker, also grabbed 7 boards while putting up 10 points. Also reaching double-digits in the points category are Tanner Smith (10), and reserve Milton Jennings (11.)

In a matchup of No. 12 seeds, part of the expanded tournament’s new look, the Tigers (22-11) went on a 21-2 run in the first half and never let the big lead slip away, as they had in Saturday’s overtime loss to UNC in the ACC semifinals. The win was Clemson’s first in the NCAA tournament since 1997, snapping a five-game losing streak in the tournament, the longest ever by an ACC team.

Shortly after their game, they had to hop on a plane to Tampa, FL in order to get ready (36 hours to be exact) for their matchup against the Mountaineers.

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