Clemson basketball: Head scratching season continues with another Top 10 win


Clemson basketball continues their season of insane home wins and head-scratching losses as they beat another Top 10 opponent at Littlejohn Coliseum Saturday afternoon.

Florida State thought Clemson basketball was going to be an easy win Saturday afternoon as they continue their path toward trying to help Leonard Hamilton win his first national title. No one in the ACC had been playing better basketball than FSU as they came into Littlejohn having won four in a row and seven of their last eight.

Clemson improved to 11-5 at home after beating Al-Amir Dawes hit the go-ahead layup with just one second left on the clock to beat FSU 70-69. The win gets them to 9-9 in ACC play and put them two games over .500 with games at Virginia Tech and home against Georgia Tech remaining on the year.

To say 2019-2020 is one of the most bizarre basketball seasons in Clemson basketball history would be an understatement. Clemson has beaten three Top 6 opponents at home and ended the winless streak in Chapel Hill, but has struggled on the road.

At 3-7 on the road in 2019-2020, Clemson basketball has struggled to stay above .500. While Brownell has been terrible, injuries may have something to do with the lack of consistency during the year. Clemson has had to use nine different starting lineups this season with no one player starting every game.

The most successful starting lineup this season has been Al-Amir Dawes, Tevin Mack, John Newman III, Aamir Simms, and Clyde Trapp; that group had started the last four games together coming into Saturday and are 5-3 in their eight starts this season. Hunter Tyson got his third start of the year this afternoon, replacing Tevin Mack in the lineup – Mack would play 25 minutes for the Tigers Saturday afternoon.

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While the Tigers lone hope to make the NCAA tournament relies on them winning the ACC tournament for the first time in school history, they seem to be building good momentum heading into the offseason and hopefully a more consistent 2020-2021 season.