Bubble Watch: Clemson Tigers Strengthen NCAA Tournament Case With Win

By Greg Douglas
Joshua S Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Few teams in college basketball will have the luxury of feeling secure with their tournament status in the coming weeks as the season winds down with still so much at stake. As the bubble grows by the minute, several teams are solidifying a case for a tournament bid while others are making one last ditch effort to play themselves into tournament consideration. The ACC clash that occurred Sunday saw two teams fighting for survival in a test of wills that saw one team increase its odds of making the big dance while the other was all but eliminated from postseason play.

The Clemson Tigers dug deep Sunday and gutted out a double overtime win in a game that saw the team empty its tank in an effort to stay alive in the tournament picture. The 77-73 win illustrated the heart of a team that has its back against the wall, but the win against the Maryland Terrapins will not alone seal the Tigers’ tournament fate. K.J. McDaniels and Rod Hall proved to be the conductors of the game that had the hearts of Clemson supporters racing with every touch of the ball. McDaniels and Hall combined for 42 points and 21 rebounds in the winning effort that kept the Tigers on the prowl.

The Tigers’ resume will not win any beauty contests, but Clemson’s lone top-25 win may hold enough water to get the team into the big dance. Even with the one signature win, the Tigers will likely need a solid performance in the ACC tournament in order to earn a tournament bid.

Clemson’s resume looks eerily similar to many of the other bubble teams in the country, leaving the Tigers in a position in which the team must not only win games but hope luck is on their side on Selection Sunday.

Greg Douglas is a College Basketball writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter @thegpd93 or add him to your Google Network.

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