Clemson Blitz: Big week for football, basketball teams

Clemson Blitz: Big week for football, basketball teams

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Clemson Blitz: Big week for football, basketball teams

Here is a look back at what happened in Clemson last week

Talk about a huge week for Clemson athletics.

Even though football season has ended, the talk of Clemson Football occurs year round.

With National Signing Day last Wednesday, the Tigers continued to make history by signing No. 1 ranked players in six different states. With National Signing Day being broadcasted across the country, teams all over can see that Clemson’s dynasty has just begun and will not be going anywhere anytime soon.

Big name players such as quarterback Trevor Lawrence from Georgia, and defensive ends Xavier Thomas from Florida and K.J. Henry from North Carolina are turning all heads towards the Tigers.

For the past three years, Clemson has played Alabama in the College Football Playoffs all three years. On signing day, the Clemson and Alabama rivalry continued.

Wide receiver Justyn Ross, the state of Alabama’s top player, kept the rivalry going when he announced he was coming to Clemson. Ross became just the second top player from the state of Alabama in the last 13 years not to sign with the Tide. That had to get under Nick Saban’s skin, don’t you think?

Clemson fans are ready to see what the No. 1 players from these six states will do now that they are in the state of South Carolina.

However, the football team is not the only team at Clemson that has put the small town in the northwest corner of the state on the map. The men’s basketball team is a force to be reckoned with these days, too, as the only ACC team who is still undefeated at home.

With the NCAA Tournament coming up next month, the top 16 seeds, as of right now, were released this past Sunday and the Tigers came in as the No. 9 overall seed.

Even with star-forward, Donte Grantham being out for the season with a torn ACL, it seems as though the men’s basketball team has picked up the pace. Whether it is the drive for success or the need to prove themselves, the Tigers have shined on and off the court all season.

Other players on the team have taken their stand as the leader, one in particular being Gabe Devoe who tied a 31-year standing record last Thursday with a fourth straight game of making at least five three-pointers. He made 7-of-11 in the Tigers’ win over Pitt and tied his career-high with 25 points at Littlejohn Coliseum.

Clemson also notched its 20th win of the season in 24 tries, the third fastest a Clemson team has reached the 20-win mark. Currently the Tigers are second in the ACC standings behind first-place Virginia and are a game ahead of Duke, who they play on Sunday, and North Carolina.

On Monday, the Tigers moved up five spots to No. 11 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll, the highest ranking for a Clemson basketball team since 2009, when Oliver Purnell’s team was ranked No. 10 on Feb. 15.

Clemson plays at Florida State on Wednesday with tipoff set for 7 p.m.

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