Clemson begins ACC Tournament with NCAA hopes on the line

The Clemson baseball team will begin the ACC Tournament this morning with NCAA Tournament hopes hanging in the balance.

If the NCAA Tournament started today, the Clemson baseball team would be one of the last teams in the field.

Currently, the Tigers are projected to be the No. 3 seed in the Athens Regional (Georgia), which would also would feature Michigan and North Carolina A&T as an automatic qualifier.

Things depend a lot on what the NCAA selection committee looks at. The Tigers have a pretty solid RPI (in the mid to low 30s), but haven’t played well for a month now.

Though Clemson came up with a series win against Wake Forest this weekend, the Tigers still got blown out on senior day to close the weekend. That’s not exactly what you’d want to see out of a team on the bubble.

The Tigers will have a couple more chances this week, though, to earn a bid into the NCAA Tournament field. Here’s a look at the ACC Tournament and what to expect this week from the Tigers.

ACC Tournament Pool A:

Clemson is the No. 8 seed in the ACC Tournament. The Tigers are matched up in a pool with No. 1 overall seed Louisville and No. 12 seed Boston College.

Clemson will open up pool play with a game against Boston College at 11 a.m. Tuesday and then will play Louisville at 11 a.m. Thursday. The ACC Tournament is set up into four pools. The teams with the best records after Pool play make up a single elimination semifinal, with the championship game being played on Sunday.

For the Tigers to advance, they will have to go 2-0. If teams are tied with 1-1 records, the tie goes to the highest seed- which is Louisville. Either way, Clemson needs to beat Boston College and maybe even compete with Louisville to try and lock up a berth in the NCAA Tournament.