2011 ACC Tournament: Clemson Punches Ticket to Dance, What About Boston College?
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From the outset, Boston College looked like a team that was playing its second game in as many days. The Clemson Tigers took advantage of the Eagles' lethargy en route to a dominating 70-47 win to advance to Saturday's semifinal in the 2011 ACC Tournament.
Demontez Stitt led the Tigers with 20 points, while Reggie Jackson—BC's leading scorer—struggled with 11 points on 5-13 shooting, including 1-6 from the three-point line.
The impressive performance solidified the Tigers' spot in the field of 68. From here on out, Clemson will be playing to improve their seed. Currently, the Tigers are looking like a No. 11 seed, but a prolonged run in the ACC Tournament could lead to a single-digit seed when the brackets are revealed Sunday.
Boston College, on the other hand, will have to sweat it out on Selection Sunday after the defeat. With an RPI of 45, which is actually higher than Clemson's, the Eagles should be able to sneak in to the field.
The Eagles have only one loss outside of the Top 100, but they beat only one Top 50 team.
Virginia Tech may be BC's competition for a berth, and the Eagles were able to sweep the Hokies in the regular season.
Compared to other bubble teams outside of the ACC, the Eagles have a stronger case for a berth. Georiga and UAB lost early in their conference tournaments and USC should go out tonight when they play No. 15 Arizona in the Pac-10 Tournament.
If USC or Alabama go on a run and end up winning their respective conference tournaments, BC may find themselves in the NIT.
If not, then Steve Donahue's team should be dancing, even after their poor showing Friday.
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