Clemson Basketball: It’s time to stop making excuses for program

The Clemson basketball team just played one of its worst games of the season this past weekend and it’s time for fans to stop making excuses.

The Clemson basketball team went on the road this past weekend and was held to a season-low in points, resulting in a 56-44 loss to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.

The Tigers shot just 18-of-59 (30.5 percent) from the field and 4-for-21 (19 percent) from three-point range.

With the loss, Clemson fell to 11-10 overall and 5-6 in the ACC.

It’s time to stop with the excuses…

Look, no matter how you look at it, this was a bad loss and one that just shouldn’t happen.

This team has beaten the likes of Duke, Syracuse and UNC (though this is a much worse Tarheels team than we’re accustomed to), but has lost games to teams like Virginia Tech (5-6 in ACC) and Miami (3-8 in ACC).

The Tigers made a run to the Sweet-16 just a couple of years ago, but now are on the verge of missing the NIT Tournament. Of course, the years that the Tigers have been in the NIT Tournament, they’ve been upset before even getting to New York.

I’m not here to say that it’s time for a coaching change. I’m not here to tell you what the problem is because there are several problems- not just one.

No one came into this season expecting for Clemson to make the NCAA Tournament, but this team could easily be 15-6 overall with a winning record in conference play with just a more consistent performance night-in and night-out.

I understand that Clemson is never going to be Duke or UNC when it comes to program prestige, but it just seems that too many Tiger fans dismiss the ineptitude of the basketball program just because the football program is having success.

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Is Clemson a ‘football school?’ Yes. But there’s no reason that the Tigers can’t have success in basketball and be a consistent contender for the NCAA Tournament.

It’s time to stop making excuses.

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