Clemson moves up seven spots in AP Poll

Clemson moves up seven spots in AP Poll

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Clemson moves up seven spots in AP Poll

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Thanks to last Tuesday’s win over NC State, the Clemson men’s basketball team jumped up seven spots to No. 12 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll, which was released on Monday.

Clemson is the highest ranked team in the ACC this week. Louisville is next at No. 16, while Virginia is No. 18. Duke is ranked 19th followed by Virginia Tech at No. 20.

The Tigers (9-1, 3-1) did not play this weekend after the program was paused due to a positive test result for COVID-19 on Friday. Clemson was scheduled to play at North Carolina this past Saturday, but that game, along with Tuesday’s date at Syracuse, was postponed.

Brad Brownell is hopeful Clemson’s home game against Virginia this Saturday will be played. The Clemson head coach said they have tested every day, including Monday, since pulling the players off the court before Friday’s practice and pausing all team activities.

“We are testing every day and we are hopeful that if we continue to get negative test, which we have gotten mostly here the last couple of days, and again today, that possibly Tuesday or Wednesday we can get back to practice,” Brownell said.

Clemson, of course, did not do much Saturday and Sunday, as Brownell gave his players time off to kind of get their minds wrapped around everything that was happening.

“I think we have had a couple of days of good testing and so, I think, if everything goes well again today, they are going to let the guys go in the gym and shoot a little bit. But just like one guy at a time,” he said. “Then, obviously, we get our test back the next day and if things are good, hopefully, guys are going to be able to practice.”

Clemson has not heard when their games at North Carolina and at Syracuse will be rescheduled. The Tigers were supposed to play at UNC this past Saturday and were scheduled to play at Syracuse on Tuesday.

“I am sure we are all just kind of waiting to see what happens and if there are openings. How it all works, I don’t really know,” Brownell said.

Associated Press Top 25 Poll (Week 8)

RANK TEAM PV RANK CONFERENCE POINTS
1
Gonzaga (12-0) 1 West Coast 1,599 (63)
2
Baylor (11-0) 2 Big 12 1,536 (1)
3
Villanova (8-1) 3 Big East 1,436
4
Texas (10-1) 4 Big 12 1,422
5
Iowa (11-2) 5 Big Ten 1,322
6
Kansas (10-2) 6 Big 12 1,220
7
Michigan (10-0) 10 Big Ten 1,161
8
Creighton (10-2) 7 Big East 1,151
9
Wisconsin (10-2) 8 Big Ten 1,110
10
Tennessee (9-1) 9 Southeastern 1,093
11
Houston (10-1) 11 American Athletic 993
12
Clemson (9-1) 19 Atlantic Coast 747
13
West Virginia (9-4) 14 Big 12 701
14
Illinois (9-4) 12 Big Ten 694
15
Texas Tech (10-3) 18 Big 12 689
16
Louisville (8-1) Atlantic Coast 464
17
Missouri (7-2) 13 Southeastern 436
18
Virginia (7-2) 22 Atlantic Coast 403
19
Duke (5-2) 21 Atlantic Coast 397
20
Virginia Tech (9-2) 19 Atlantic Coast 286
21
Ohio State (9-3) Big Ten 280
22
Oregon (9-2) 17 Pacific 12 264
23
Minnesota (10-4) 16 Big Ten 233
24
Saint Louis (7-1) 23 Atlantic 10 220
25 Connecticut (6-1) Big East 181
Others receiving votes: Alabama 173, UCLA 137, Colorado 96, Florida State 74, USC 48, Rutgers 46, Drake 42, Michigan State 34, Oklahoma State 28, Arkansas 24, San Diego State 10, Boise State 8, Florida 7, Xavier 7, LSU 7, Northwestern 6, Tulsa 5, North Carolina State 5, Indiana 2, Winthrop 2, Belmont 1

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