Clemson basketball drops but stays among Top 25 in USA Today … – Greenville News

Hunter Tyson’s game-winning shot Saturday kept Clemson basketball alone at the top of the ACC standings and in the Top 25 rankings.
The Tigers on Monday dropped from No. 19 but stayed in the rankings at No. 23 in the USA TODAY coaches’ poll and No. 24 in the Associated Press poll.
Clemson joined those lists last week after home wins against Louisville and Duke. A day after making the Top 25 for the first time in two years, however, the Tigers suffered their first ACC loss, 87-77, at Wake Forest. The Tigers bounced back Saturday at home and beat Virginia Tech, 51-50, on a 3-pointer by Tyson with 12 seconds remaining.
Clemson (16-4, 8-1) hadn’t been in the AP poll since being No. 20 on Jan. 18, 2021. When the Tigers made their rankings debut that season at No. 24 on Dec. 14, it was the first time since 2018-19.
Clemson plays at home Tuesday (9 p.m., ACC Network) against Georgia Tech (8-11, 1-8) and then Saturday (5 p.m., ACC Network) at Florida State (7-13, 5-4).
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Among the ACC teams, USA TODAY also has Virginia at No. 6, Miami at No. 19 and Duke at No. 25. The Associated Press has Virginia at No. 7 and Miami at No. 20. Virginia (15-3, 7-2) is one game behind Clemson. Miami, Wake Forest, North Carolina, Pitt and Syracuse are all 6-3 in the league.
Brad Brownell, in his 13th season as Clemson’s coach, has guided the Tigers to as high as No. 11 during the 2017-18 season. Clemson spent 11 weeks in the polls, and it was the only time under Brownell that the Tigers finished among the Top 25. The went 24-10 and made it to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
Todd Shanesy covers Clemson athletics for the USA TODAY Network.


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