Clemson Preview Capsule
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson
Last season: 25-10, reached first Sweet 16 since 1997.
Coach: Brad Brownell.
Conference: Atlantic Coast.
Who's gone: Shooting guard Gabe DeVoe, forwards Donte Grantham, forward Mark Donnal.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — The formula for Clemson's run to the Sweet 16 is simple — when the Tigers hit shots, they're difficult to beat.
Clemson (25-9) has made plenty of baskets its past two NCAA Tournament games to advance to its first Sweet 16 in 21 years. The Tigers will try and shoot their way into the Elite Eight when they take on No. 1 seed Kansas (29-7) in the Midwest Regional in Omaha, Nebraska, on Friday.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Clemson isn't all about football.
The Tigers are pretty good at basketball, too, and are going to the Sweet 16 for the first time in 21 years.
Gabe DeVoe scored 22 points and Elijah Thomas had 18 points and 11 rebounds for Clemson, which closed the first half with a 25-4 run that helped it beat cold-shooting Auburn 84-53 on Sunday and advance to the Midwest Region semifinal.
Auburn, Clemson meet in NCAA Tournament
SAN DIEGO (AP) — No. 4 seed Auburn (26-7) vs. No. 5 Clemson (24-9).
Second Round, Midwest Region, San Diego; Sunday; tip approximately 7:10 p.m. EDT.
FOOTBALL COUNTRY: This matchup would really stand out on the gridiron in autumn, but it's going to be played at San Diego State's Viejas Arena in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Hot-shooting Clemson ousts New Mexico State 79-68
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Shelton Mitchell and Gabe DeVoe led Clemson into the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 21 years.
The Tigers are dancing into the weekend. The No. 12 seeds are all gone.
Mitchell scored a season-high 23 points, DeVoe had 22 and Clemson beat New Mexico State 79-68 on Friday night, closing out a perfect opening round for No. 5 seeds.
NEW YORK (AP) — Clemson scored 90 points, a school record for the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament, against Boston College on Thursday to advance to the semifinals for the first time since 2011.
Next up for the Tigers will be a very different kind of game against a very different kind of opponent: No. 1 Virginia. Clemson scored 36 points when it lost to the stifling Cavaliers in the regular season.
DeVoe’s 25 leads No. 15 Clemson to 75-67 win over Ga Tech
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Brad Brownell drew up the first play of Saturday's game to get an open 3-pointer for Gabe DeVoe, partly as a way to thank the senior for four good years.
It also served as a catalyst for the 15th-ranked Tigers as they ended a three-game losing streak.
DeVoe scored 25 points, making four of his seven 3-pointers, to lead Clemson (21-7, 10-6 Atlantic Coast) to a 75-67 win over Georgia Tech.
DeVoe leads No. 16 Clemson to 72-48 win over Pitt
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Gabe DeVoe wants the ball if he is open. Especially these days.
DeVoe matched his career high with 25 points, helping No. 16 Clemson beat Pittsburgh 72-48 on Thursday night.
DeVoe was 7 for 11 from 3-point range. The senior is shooting 65 percent (22 of 34) from behind the arc during the Tigers' four-game win streak.
"I feel no pressure. I'm shooting without a conscious," he said.
DeVoe leads No. 20 Clemson past Wake Forest 75-67
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — The 20th-ranked Clemson Tigers needed to protect a pair of foul-plagued defenders from the whistles, and had to cool down the Wake Forest shooters who kept their team in the game.
Coach Brad Brownell's little-used zone defense accomplished both things.
Gabe DeVoe scored 24 points and Clemson beat Wake Forest 75-67 on Saturday.
No. 20 Clemson ends skid vs UNC, beats No. 19 Tar Heels
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Gabe DeVoe had one thought when the game ended and Clemson fans poured onto the court to celebrate the Tigers' first win over North Carolina in eight years.
"I was just trying to get out of the way," DeVoe said with a smile after Clemson's 82-78 victory Tuesday night.
Forgive DeVoe and the rest of the 20th-ranked Tigers if they don't know how to react after beating North Carolina. After all, it happens so rarely.
DeVoe, Reed help No. 18 Clemson hold off Georgia Tech
ATLANTA (AP) — Marcquise Reed saw the matchup he wanted and drove to the basket.
The senior guard felt confident making the turn near the baseline, getting just the space he needed to beat a power forward to the rim.
"I had a four-man on me and just tried to make a play," Reed said. "If there's a four-man on me, I'm going to drive it."
Gabe DeVoe scored a career-high 25 points, Reed hit a decisive layup in the closing seconds and No. 18 Clemson held off Georgia Tech 72-70 on Sunday night.
DeVoe leads No. 20 Clemson to 67-58 win over Irish
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Notre Dame coach Mike Brey believes his program had been perfect against Clemson because during the crucial stretches, it was the Fighting Irish who made the biggest plays.
"Tonight, they made plays," Brey said after No. 20 Clemson beat Notre Dame for the first time, 67-58 on Saturday.
NC State upsets No. 19 Clemson 78-77 on DeVoe’s missed FT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State seemed headed for overtime, quite possibly destined for its first agonizing collapse under new coach Kevin Keatts.
Then Gabe DeVoe missed the game's most important free throw — and the Wolfpack escaped with a second straight Top 25 upset.
Omer Yurtseven scored a career-high 29 points, and N.C. State held on to beat No. 19 Clemson 78-77 on Thursday night after DeVoe missed the third of three free throws with 0.2 seconds left that would have forced OT.
Grantham, Mitchell lift Clemson over Samford 81-59
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Donte Grantham scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half to lead the Tigers to an 81-59 victory over Samford on Saturday.
All five of Clemson's starters scored in double figures. Shelton Mitchell also had 20 points, Gabe DeVoe scored 14 and Marcquise Reed and Elijah Thomas added 13 and 11, respectively.
Clemson beats Texas Southern 84-77 behind Thomas, DeVoe
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Elijah Thomas reached career-highs with 26 points and 16 rebounds to lead Clemson to an 84-77 victory over Texas Southern on Friday.
Thomas, who recorded his second double-double of the year, made 10 of 11 field goals, the most of the junior center's career.
Senior Clemson guard Gabe DeVoe scored 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting and made all five of his 3-pointers, all career-highs.
Donte, DeVoe lead Clemson past NC A&T 87-63
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Donte Grantham and Gabe DeVoe each recorded their first double-doubles of the season for Clemson, and the Tigers got off to a 2-0 start with an 87-63 victory over North Carolina A&T on Sunday.
The Tigers dominated inside, scoring 48 of their points in the paint, including several easy dunks. They also recorded 21 assists and 45 rebounds.
Grantham leads Clemson to easy victory over Western Carolina
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Donte Grantham scored 14 points and grabbed five rebounds to lead Clemson to an 85-57 victory over Western Carolina in both teams' season opener Friday night.
"It's really kind of the way you want an opening game to go," Clemson head coach Brad Brownell said. "We had to work a little bit in the first 10 minutes and make a few plays, but I thought the mid part of the first half we did some good things defending the 3, attacking the basket, got to the free-throw line."
Clemson basketball falls to Tennessee in hurricane relief game Sunday
CLEMSON — Clemson and Tennessee came together on Sunday to benefit the Salvation Army’s hurricane relief efforts in an exhibition contest, with the Tigers narrowly falling 71-67.
The Tigers posted three scores in double-figure scoring, including the game’s leading scorer Marcquise Reed, who finished with 25. Reed shot 7 for 12 from the field and drilled three 3-pointers while going a perfect 8 for 8 at the free-throw line. The redshirt junior also finished with a team-high eight rebounds.
CLEMSON, S.C. — An explosive 28-6 run carrying over from the end of the first half to the beginning of the second half elevated Clemson University men’s basketball over Augusta University by a final score of 80-56 on Thursday night in Littlejohn Coliseum.
It took time for the Tigers to find their rhythm, but once they did, they did not look back. Senior forward Donte Grantham led all scorers with 18 points on 8-for-11 shooting from the field, while also chipping in eight rebounds.
Clemson moving on without all-ACC performer Blossomgame
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Jaron Blossomgame cast a large shadow on the Clemson basketball program the past couple of seasons, one coach Brad Brownell hopes his upperclassmen eclipse this season.
The Tigers were heavily reliant on all-Atlantic Coast Conference performer Blossomgame in recent seasons. The 6-foot-6 forward led the team in points, blocked shots and focus from defenders throughout the league.
Hoping to end NCAA Tournament drought, Brad Brownell says Clemson players will play defense or sit
CHARLOTTE — Every day, Gabe DeVoe says with little hesitation. Every day.
There seems to be not a practice that passes nor a workout that ends without the Clemson men's basketball team members talking or thinking about the colossal elephant in the gym as they desperately try to forge a new path this season.
Clemson collapses in NIT Tournament, blows 20-point lead to lose to Oakland
CLEMSON — It was only some 30 hours before Clemson and Oakland squared off in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament, when Brad Brownell took the podium at Littlejohn Coliseum on Monday afternoon and shared some perspective.
“(Oakland) Coach (Greg) Kampe,” he began, “I don’t know how many games he’s won over the years, but it feels like a million.”
Tuesday night, he added another one to his count. Oakland: 74, Clemson: 69.
Clemson tops Pitt 67-60 to end 6-game losing streak
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Clemson spent the latter portion of its week off going through two-a-day practices and mentally hitting the reset button following six straight losses in the meat grinder that is the ACC.
"We understand we're a good team still," forward Jaron Blossomgame said. "This conference is crazy. We understand to beat the good teams we just had to sharpen up a little."
Clemson rolls into Tire Pros semifinals, tops Davidson 95-78
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Clemson enjoyed every bit of its highest-scoring game in seven years.
Avry Holmes scored 22 points, Jaron Blossomgame added 17 and Clemson defeated Davidson 95-78 on Thursday in the opening game of the Tire Pros Invitational.
It was Clemson's best point total since scoring 102 against Winthrop on Nov. 23, 2009. Gabe DeVoe added 16 for the Tigers (2-0), who shot 52 percent.
Clemson basketball warms up with 105-49 exhibition win over Division II Lander
CLEMSON — On paper, viewing the Clemson basketball roster and schedule, there’s no excuse for the Tigers not to make the NCAA Tournament — or at least come a lot closer than they have in recent years.