Finishing one game over .500 should never be acceptable for Clemson basketball. Clemson is supposed to be where “best is the standard” on the playing fields and in the classroom. There is no way that 16-15 should ever be acceptable. Ever.
Sure, the team exceeded pre-season ACC standings, but when you beat three Top 10 teams and have nothing to show for it, the season was a failure. There should be no other way to look at this.
This school, the players and the fans all deserve better than we got from Brad Brownell over the last 10 years. There is no doubt that he has to not only get to the NCAA tournament in 2021, but he also has to at least get to the Sweet 16 again and be competitive, if not win and get to the Elite 8.
To say this team was inconsistent would be an understatement. Because of this, it is fair to ask whether or not the message from Brad Brownell is old and players are no longer buying. It is also safe to say that Brownell did not put the team in the best position to win quite often.
It is honestly puzzling that he is still running a half-court offense. Most high schools and all AAU teams today get out and run, this is something that Brownell did not let them do. Not taking advantage of this team’s athleticism really hampered their ability to win games and that lost a lot of guys this season.