|Monday, March 10, 2014, 8:43 AM- -|
Sports teach us so many lessons. We learn that the highs can make us feel on top of the world one minute and the next minute we can get our hearts ripped out. Saturday we saw that as Clemson basketball fans.
Some teams and some coaches are closer to my heart than others. I pull for every Clemson sports team but I feel closer to certain teams some years. I really like this basketball team. I like who they are. I like
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I really liked Tommy West and it hurt a little more when his Clemson teams lost. I have felt the same way about many coaches and many teams, and I have started to feel that way about Brownell and this team. Like many of you, I have invested in this team. That is why Saturday hurt so badly.
Every loss hurts but some hurt more than others. This one reminded me of the Georgia Tech football game a few years ago when the Tigers snapped the ball over the punters head and gave a game away. Once again, this Saturday Clemson had the game in its hands but let it slip away.
Like many of you, I have seen the photos of the ball still in the Pittsburgh player’s fingertips when the clock is 0.00 and the light on the backboard is lit. We have heard the flawed explanation from Les Jones and his crew of officials. I too have wondered if the ACC could step in and declare the game over with the evidence. But really, this game should not have come down to this.
Often times we hear fans encouraging their team to go for it late in a football game on fourth down where they rationalize the decision stating, "If we can't make six inches then we don't deserve to win the game." One could make a legitimate claim that if you can't get the ball safely inbounds with less than 2.5 seconds to go then you don't deserve to win the game either.
The loss overshadowed some terrific efforts. Clemson shot 47% from the field. The Tigers were 9-23 or 39% from behind the three point line. Clemson shot 75% from the free throw line.
Four Tigers had double digit games, including
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Clemson got outstanding efforts from
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Pittsburgh played well also. The Panthers shot 50% from the field, 39% from three and 80% from the free throw line. Pitt outscored Clemson in the paint 36-28.
The loss also wasted an electric atmosphere in Littlejohn Coliseum Saturday. Students showed up early and 10,000 Clemson fans had the building rocking.
The Tigers are the No. 6 seed and face the winner of the opening round game between No. 11 Georgia Tech and No. 14 Boston College Thursday at 9 p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum.
The Tigers were 3-0 against the Eagles and Yellow Jackets during the regular season. Clemson defeated Boston College 62-60 on the road to start ACC play. The Tigers swept the Yellow Jackets, winning 45-41 at home and 63-56 in Atlanta. The winner of Thursday’s contest faces the tournament’s No. 3 seed, Duke.
Now the Tigers have to find a way to rebound physically and emotionally. I hope they play well in Greensboro because I really like this team and staff.
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