Trevor Booker and the heralded freshman class were supposed to contend for an ACC crown right away. Booker's senior leadership and the freshmen athleticism were going to usher in a new era for Clemson basketball.
As it stands, Clemson missed out on an opportunity for a 3rd seed and slipped to a 6th seed by virtue of losing at Wake and now have to play NCSU on Thursday night. They are the only team playing on Thursday with 20+ wins.The game is at 9pm. Should they defeat NCSU, they play FSU on Friday night at 9pm. Both games could go either way.
If the Tigers cannot regroup from the inconsistencies they demonstrated on Sunday, they will have an early exit. If they can take advantage of the neutral court site, where they have already had some success this season against UNC-Greensboro.
And as I said in November, hopefully, the UNCG game will help the Tigers prepare for the ACC tournament.
OP said this of the Tigers' focus going into the ACC tournament,
"We don't need to think about the ACC title, we don't need to think about the NCAA first-round game or any of that stuff - we've got to get our focus squarely on N.C. State. If you win a couple, then you can change your mindset."
Despite the bloodied eye, Trevor Booker was named to the All ACC 1st team.
I don't feel the need to delve into his performance or lack thereof against Wake on Sunday. The refs clearly were letting them play down low. Booker needed to take advantage of this a little more.
I know he didn't get any calls, just a bloody eye.
From @TBook35 A Busted Eye...but no foul
That pretty much sums up the ACC season game against Wake.
The awards have been announced and everyone's favorite Terp is the ACC player of the year. And the Gary Williams is the Coach of the year. I can live with that, but that doesn't mean I have to like it.
Here is an interactive 2010 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament Bracket from The ACC: