Clemson basketball lost to Virginia in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament Friday night, but the Tigers have put together a strong resume and appear to be a lock to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time in seven years.
The full NCAA Tournament field will be revealed at 6 p.m. Sunday on TBS. The 68 teams will be announced first, followed by the bracket and game matchups.
Joe Lunardi of ESPN projects Clemson to be a No. 5 seed in the West region in his latest Bracketology, which was released Sunday.
Lunardi’s projection has the Tigers in San Diego and facing New Mexico State in the first round. Clemson or New Mexico State would play the winner of Arizona and Murray State in the second round. Xavier is the No. 1 seed in the West bracket in Lunardi’s projection.
The Tigers currently have a 23-9 record and an RPI of No. 10.
Clemson’s best wins are at Ohio State, against Florida on a neutral court, and at home against Louisville, Miami and North Carolina.
▪ USA Today has Clemson as a No. 5 seed in the Midwest region facing Buffalo in Boise, Idaho. The winner would play the winner of Wichita State and UNC Greensboro.
▪ CBS Sports has Clemson as a No. 5 seed in the Midwest region facing San Diego State in Boise. The winner would play the winner of Wichita State and UNC Greensboro.
▪ SB Nation has Clemson as a No. 5 seed in the Midwest region facing Murray State in Boise. The winner would play the winner of West Virginia and South Dakota State.