NEW YORK — There might have been a foot of snow outside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., but it do not affect the Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Tournament Wednesday, or the Clemson Tigers.
The ACC’s four games went on as planned as Florida State and Louisville tipped things off with the first game at noon. While that game was going on, the fourth-seeded Tigers, ranked No. 19 this week by the Associated Press, practiced at nearby Saint Francis Brooklyn College.
“The weather really did not affect us,” Clemson head coach Brad Brownell said after practice to The Clemson Insider. “Fortunately we organized an early practice session so we were able to get in and get out. We kind of beat it.”
Clemson will play Thursday at 2 p.m., in the quarterfinal round after earning a double-bye in the tournament thanks to its tie for third place with an 11-7 ACC record in the regular season.
Tuesday was a long travel day for the Tigers (22-8 overall) because of Quinn, the winter storm that is hammering the northeast with wind gust over 40 mph and more than a foot of snow in some areas. The storm stretches from Washington, D.C., to New York and has canceled flights up and down the east coast.
“It was kind of a tough travel day yesterday. It was a long day,” Brownell said. “We went to class. We had practice then we left Clemson about 5:30. By the time we got to Anderson and did that and flew up here, and got to the hotel, it was 10:30 so it was actually five hours of travel.
“It made for a long day for sure. We knew that kind of going in so we wanted to make sure had plenty of time today to just kind of rest, relax, be organized and get ourselves prepared.”
Brownell feels getting up to Brooklyn a day early benefited his basketball team in Wednesday’s practice.
“I think the guys were sharp and they are excited to play,” he said. “It is still a little unique because you do not know exactly who you are preparing for. You are preparing for two teams that play differently. So we did a couple of things whether it was press offense, ball-screen defense that you really kind of do a lot against NC State. We also did a couple of things that are unique to Boston College, a couple of their actions that they like to run. We guarded and worked against some zone because they play a little bit more zone.
“We try to do as much as we can, but it is still an extremely unique situation in that you are still 24 hours out from your game and you still don’t exactly know who you are going to play. So you do the best you can, but our guys, in terms of their spirit and energy has been really good.”