Bracket Watch: Clemson men move up metrics, on projections bubble
|Monday, March 4, 2019, 11:04 AM- -|
Another close call for Clemson versus a quality opponent has the metrics on their side - and still in one major NCAA tournament projection going into a crucial stretch.
Brad Brownell's Tigers face a favorable schedule this week with a winnable road game on Senior Night Wednesday versus Notre Dame (13-16, 3-13; 9 p.m./ESPNU) and a potential resume-builder versus Syracuse at home Saturday (No. 39 NET; noon/CBS).
The Tigers' win at Pitt did improve their record to 4-2 in NET Quadrant 2 matchups and a sweep this week would improve that mark to 6-2. Clemson's next shot at doubling its Quadrant 1 wins (1) would be in the ACC Tournament.
Clemson (17-12, 7-9 ACC) is likely locked into a 9-seed for next week's ACC Tourney and a matchup with NC State (20-9, 8-8) next Wednesday at noon in Charlotte. That game sets up as a potential NCAAs-eliminator, as NC State is in the first four out for CBS.
Clemson men NCAA Tournament profile
Record: 17-12 (7-9 ACC)
Record v. NET Quadrant 1 & 2: 5-12
Strength of Schedule: 31
Average NET of Wins: 151
Average NET of Losses: 30
Bad losses (150+ NET): None
Road/neutral record: 5-8
Record v. current KenPom top-50: 2-10
Top-25 ranked wins (at the time): No. 11 Virginia Tech (59-51 at home)
Last 10: 6-4
Clemson women look to secure NCAAs bid
Amanda Butler's Tigers (18-11, 9-7 ACC) head into this week's ACC Tournament projected in the NCAA Tournament but can put no doubt on a first NCAAs bid since 2002 with a win over 10-seed Virginia Tech Thursday (6 p.m./RSN).
ESPN projections have them as a 9-seed in the 64-team field, going to the Baylor regional pod to face UCLA. Bracketologist Charlie Creme has the Tigers in the Greensboro-hosted regional overall in the same top half of the bracket with a projected 4-seed in South Carolina.
Clemson has a No. 54 RPI.
(Data per WarrenNolan.com and KenPom)