Clemson Basketball: Tigers lose, still clinch double-bye

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - JANUARY 23: Head coach Brad Brownell of the Clemson Tigers reacts to a foul call in the first half during a game against the Virginia Cavaliers at John Paul Jones Arena on January 23, 2018 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo by Ryan M. Kelly/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - JANUARY 23: Head coach Brad Brownell of the Clemson Tigers reacts to a foul call in the first half during a game against the Virginia Cavaliers at John Paul Jones Arena on January 23, 2018 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo by Ryan M. Kelly/Getty Images) /
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The Clemson basketball team fell to Syracuse on Saturday, but still clinched a double-bye. The Tigers will now await seeding.

The Clemson basketball team fell 55-52 at Syracuse to close the regular season on Saturday.

The Tigers finished the year with an 11-7 ACC record, but despite the loss, clinched a top-four seed in the ACC Tournament.

How?

Miami beat Virginia Tech. With that happening, the Tigers can’t fall any lower than fourth in the ACC Tournament.

Awaiting seeding…

There are two games that will go a long way in determining where the Tigers finish in the ACC Standings: Louisville at NC State and North Carolina at Duke.

If Louisville beats NC State and Duke beats North Carolina, Clemson basketball will finish as the No. 3 seed.

If the Cardinals or Blue Devils fall, however, Clemson will be the No. 4 seed.

Here’s a solid thread to keep up with the madness ensuing across the conference today:

A tough loss, but not too much to complain about…

You hate to ever lose, especially to a team that you were better than.

This loss was frustrating because the Tigers just couldn’t get it going and it seemed like the calls were only going one way.

Despite that, you can’t complain about finishing as a top-four seed in the ACC.

If anyone would’ve told me at the beginning of the year that Clemson would be the No. 4 seed in the ACC Tournament, I would’ve told them they were crazy.

This team has played really well to this point and has really regrouped after losing Donte Grantham.

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I expect them to come ready to go when they play next week and for them to make a run at the conference tournament before getting a berth in the NCAA Tournament.