Bracket Watch: Margin of error thin but Clemson firmly on bubble
|Monday, February 18, 2019, 12:11 PM- -|
A pair of one-point road losses last week have Brad Brownell’s Tigers in a precarious position for NCAA Tournament hopes.
CBS Sports bracketologist Jerry Palm has Clemson (15-10, 5-7 ACC) as the last at-large bid in the First Four, facing another 12-seed in Butler.
The Tigers will need a run like the four-game streak going into last week to stay in the mix - and there are some resume-builders in the slate.
That starts with essentially a must-win at home versus No. 16 Florida State Tuesday (9 p.m./ESPNU) and then the final five games feature winnable road trips at Pittsburgh (12-14, 2-11 ACC; RPI: 153) and Notre Dame (13-12, 3-9; RPI: 125) and key home games with Boston College (13-11, 4-8; RPI: 127), North Carolina (20-5, 10-2; RPI: 11) and Syracuse (17-8, 8-4; RPI: 42).
TeamRankings.com projects four wins out of that stretch and gives Clemson a 28 percent chance of an NCAA Tournament bid.
Clemson NCAA Tournament profile
Record: 15-10 (5-7 ACC)
Record v. NET Quadrant 1 & 2: 4-10
Strength of Schedule: 43
Average NET of Wins: 156
Average NET of Losses: 33
Bad losses (150+ NET): None
Road/neutral record: 4-8
Record v. current KenPom top-50: 2-8
Top-25 ranked wins (at the time): No. 11 Virginia Tech (59-51 at home).
Last 10: 5-5