When: Saturday, 3pm
In which: Tallahassee
Television set: ABC
Factors could not have long gone more terribly for the Clemson basketball group due to the fact COVID-19 compelled them into a hiatus in the midst of a profitable streak. It appears the virus attacked the team’s skill to defend as considerably as something else, as UVA and GT merged for 31-53 from the 3 point line in two blowout wins more than the Tigers. There is not much time to lick the wounds and determine matters out, because trips to Tallahassee have been brutal for the Tigers in new several years, and FSU has been one particular of the most dominant dwelling groups in the nation over the past four years. The Seminoles recovered really well soon after getting rid of the very first conference to Clemson again on December 29th, successful the previous 3 games in really convincing manner. The Noles absolutely wrecked NCSU, dropping 105 on the Pack, managed UNC, then just lately notched a really extraordinary double digit street win at Louisville. All of this is extremely ominous for the Tigers looking at how improperly they have been participating in as of late. Nevertheless, this is commonly the time we see Brad Brownell teams pull rabbits out of the hat, so who is aware of?
As true as it could be, I wasn’t a fan of Brownell’s assertion about how Clemson lacks talent when compared to most ACC teams in the wake of the UVA reduction. The staff exuded a sense of self-confidence in advance of the hiatus that we have rarely seen these last 11 several years or so. That was a key rationale the group was able to defeat halftime deficits to defeat NCSU, Miami, and Florida Point out. There has to be a serious perception of doubt at this position, but this team does have a components for good results and the men that can pull it off as we have viewed a number of moments this season. The staff has to assist the workforce rediscover that self esteem and moxie just before the wheels come entirely off from this unforgiving ACC agenda. It all starts off with getting back again to relentless defense that usually takes the opponents out of any rhythm. The Tigers have shown they can manage teams with firepower like Alabama and Maryland, and it isn’t like UVA and GT are that a lot superior than individuals groups offensively. It requires a ton additional hard work and cohesion than what we have been observing these days. Strain guy to gentleman defense can be exposed terribly when all those things are not in order, form of like blitzing defenses in football can be exposed badly if they never get to the quarterback efficiently.
Florida Condition is nevertheless the large, long, athletic, and deep squad they ended up in December when the Tigers held them to just 9-32 from 3 stage assortment with 17 turnovers. Clemson has to be disruptive and not allow the Noles to work them more than in changeover or discover a rhythm in the 50 % courtroom. If there was a silver lining to the GT sport, it was that Clemson shot the ball noticeably improved than versus UVA. Regretably, the negative protection coupled with really inadequate ball dealing with and conclusion creating (20 turnovers) was way much too significantly to defeat. John Newman lastly seemed additional like the dude we have been hoping to see all time, and Clyde Trapp has been the most consistent guy about the final two online games, placing up offensive scores previously mentioned 120 the two occasions. Al-Amir Dawes and Nick Honor have to get again to playing up to their abilities. Dawes in particular has been quite very poor the final two game titles, publishing offensive ratings of 11 and 55. You just cannot have that from your point guard and hope to win games in the ACC. Honor has been significantly far better and may warrant the starting off nod as a end result.
This was about the time the Tigers came out of nowhere to defeat teams like UNC, Louisville, and FSU very last season when there was minimal hope they could do any of that. Tiger admirers can only hope a similar rise from the ashes can take place. The Tigers however have a very good resume and can even now finish in the best 6-7 of the league, which would have to be thought of a prosperous time, but a losing streak, specially one particular where you have not been competitive, can likely lead to a bunch of losses. It is almost certainly way too substantially to consider Clemson can genuinely gain this video game, but if we can see the fight, grit, and defensive effort and hard work that was so amazing in that 9-1 start, there can be hope the group can rebound for games versus Boston School and Duke who have had their struggles as nicely. It would be a actual disgrace to blow an chance in a time where by Duke and UNC come across them selves unranked heading to February.
I could get into FSU’s best players and this sort of, but I truly feel it is far more about Clemson at this issue than the opponent. The quantity a single intention listed here has received to be locating that defensive mojo and generating the Seminoles claw for a get as opposed to the 3 pointer and dunk/layup barrages we have witnessed the past two video games. There is minimal hope this promising time does not fizzle out if that does not happen shortly.