Tigers thinking top 4

Tigers thinking top 4

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Tigers thinking top 4

Brownell is not sugarcoating what their minds are on as they hit the final stretch of the season

Clemson head basketball coach Brad Brownell did something on Monday not too many head coaches do. He admitted being a top-four seed in the ACC Tournament, which garners a double-bye, is in the back of the Tigers minds as they come down the stretch for the final two weeks of the season.

“We want to finish in our league in a good way,” he said. “It is extremely difficult to do that. But, I don’t know if we are talking about that all the time. We know that if you finish in the top four, it is another day off in terms of having sometime off at the end of the regular season and going to Brooklyn.”

A top four finish would also put the Tigers (20-4, 9-3 ACC) in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament and, obviously, one win away from the semifinals.

Currently, 11th-ranked Clemson sits in second place in the ACC standings, just two games back of first place Virginia. The Tigers are one game ahead of Duke (8-4) and a game and a half ahead of North Carolina (8-5).

“You certainly have a greater chance to do well when you get there,” Brownell said on why a top four finish in the league would be important. “We are certainly trying to finish the regular season in a positive way.”

Clemson has six games remaining in the ACC season, starting at Florida State on Wednesday. The Tigers also play No. 12 Duke on Sunday, and travel to Virginia Tech on Feb. 21.

They close out the regular season with back-to-back home games against Georgia Tech (Feb. 24) and Florida State (Feb. 28), before traveling to Syracuse on March 3. The ACC Tournament begins on March 6 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

“There are still so many games left,” he said. “That is a lot in this league. We still have a third of the season left so we are more focused on just how we are preparing and playing.”

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