Clemson basketball is getting really bad odds to win the national championship in 2015-2016… but it could be worse.
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Fortunately, Clemson isn’t exactly sitting at the bottom of the barrel though. There are teams much worse off than the Tigers heading into the offseason, at least in terms of the Vegas odds. 13 programs are getting 300/1 odds, including Boston College, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest from the ACC, as well as South Carolina.
There is some reason for optimism that the Tigers could put together a decent season next year, starting with the big men. With Jaron Blossomgame, Donte Grantham, and Landry Nnoko all returning with another year of experience, the Tigers could have one of the better frontcourts in the ACC next year.
Clemson must replace a pair of veteran guards in Rod Hall and Damarcus Harrison, of course, but there is some hope there. Gabe Devoe and Jordan Roper have played well in spots, and Avry Holmes will be eligible after transferring to Clemson a year ago and sitting out last season. Four-star PG Ty Hudson should also compete for playing time as a true freshman.
So are the Tigers a good bet at 200/1? Probably not, to be honest. They could be much better next season but that doesn’t mean they’ll be a serious contender for the national championship.
Still, you never know. College basketball is a weird and sometimes unpredictable sport.