"Outside Looking In" Clemson misses NCAA Tournament

Brad Brownell voices his displeasure during Clemson's loss to Virginia in the ACC Tournament Photo credit John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Winning 23 games overall and a single season program record 14 games in the ACC, was not enough to get Clemson in the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers did not hear their name called during the Selection Show on CBS , Sunday night.

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The Tigers were named one of the last four teams on the cut line for the tournament. Clemson was left out despite ACC foes, NC State and Pitt made the field. The Tigers were 4-0 against those two squads, including three wins by double figures over NC State.

Clemson started the ACC slate 10-1, but finished 4-5 to close the regular season , at 14-6 in conference games. They got their 3rd win of the season over the Wolfpack in blowout fashion at the ACC Tournament, last Thursday. They then lost decisively to Virginia in the Semifinals.

The Tigers went 6-4 this season against teams that made the NCAA field. They had bad losses that resulted in their NET ranking of 60, which ultimately kept them out. Those include a close loss to in-state rival South Carolina, a blowout loss to Loyola-Chicago in a neutral site games in the non-conference slate. They also lost to two of the ACC's bottom feeders this year falling at Boston College and Louisville. The Tigers 20 point loss in Chapel Hill to UNC, another team that missed the field.

Clemson will now have to turn their attention to the NIT. They'll host a 1st round game in the nation's oldest national tournament. The Tigers will take on Morehead State, Wednesday night at 7 PM. The question that looms in the minds of most, is whether Brad Brownell will be back next season?

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