The Tigers finally got their first road win Saturday when they defeated Georgia Tech for the second time this year. Now the Tigers return home for two critical home games as they try to push for their fourth straight NCAA tournament appearance.
Clemson’s RPI jumped to 71 after the victory over the Jackets. The Tigers have an opportunity to improve their RPI significantly this week as they face Boston College and North Carolina at home. The Heels currently have an RPI of 15 while the Eagles sit at No. 46 in the RPI rankings Sunday.
If the Tigers can sweep this home stand their RPI will rise significantly and they will stand at 7-4 in the conference and be in good position to burst the bubble and return to the tournament. It won’t be easy as both teams are also battling for position in the ACC. The Heels are coming on strong and will be a much tougher opponent than the one the Tigers played until the final minutes in Chapel Hill.
Clemson stands at 16-7 overall and 5-4 in the ACC. The Tigers enter Tuesday night’s contest against Boston College tied for 4th in the ACC with Boston College, Maryland and Virginia Tech. In a down year for the ACC the Tigers will need to finish as high as possible to return to March Madness.
The Tigers finish the season with four home league games and three more road games. The other home games are against Wake Forest and Virginia Tech. Next week the Tigers will play NC State and Miami on the road. The final road game is against Duke on March 2.
If the Tigers can win the remaining home games they will finish with at least nine ACC wins and at least 20 wins on the season. That could be enough to get them off the bubble.