GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The NCAA tournament selection committee doesn’t always have the television on this week in Indianapolis but the results are clearly available.
It may be hard for the selection committee to ignore Clemson’s hammering of Boston College during Friday’s ACC quarterfinal matchup. The Tigers won their second straight game against a possible bubble team out of the ACC. The Tigers closed the season with a nine-point win over Virginia Tech last Saturday.
The 70-47 victory over Boston College left little doubt if there were a choice to be made between the two teams. Now, of course, the committee compares teams from all conferences, not just teams from the same conference. But Clemson is on an upward tick after winning its fourth game in five outings. The one loss was a spirited effort against Duke.
Meanwhile, BC has two wins in a week over Wake Forest. That’s not going to turn the heads of the committee. Beating Virginia Tech helped but the last two wins over Wake don’t do much for the Eagles’ profile.
Turning point: How about the opening tip? Clemson dominated the Eagles from the moment the ball was tossed up in the air. Clemson was off to a double-digit lead almost immediately.
Key player: Demontez Stitt. The veteran point guard led the Tigers with 20 points and dominated the position. The matchup with Boston College’s Reggie Jackson was a bit of a dud as Jackson could muster only one 3-pointer and just 11 points.
Key stat: The Eagles were 6-of-24 on 3s and were outrebounded by 14. BC simply can’t win if the Eagles only score 47 points.
Miscellaneous: The ACC isn’t supposed to cheer but it could have been disastrous for the attendance Saturday in one semifinal if Miami had beaten North Carolina. The second-half crowd between BC and Clemson was average and would have been even lighter had it been a Clemson-Miami semifinal.
What’s next: The Tigers move onto the ACC semifinals Saturday afternoon against North Carolina. It’s a good thing the game isn’t in Chapel Hill since the Tigers have never won a game at the Dean Dome. Clemson does have the guard play and the ability to defend well to deal with the Tar Heels.