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Clemson Nusings and Random Stats

Over the last decade or so, Clemson has had the proud distinction of being the 3rd or 4th best football school in what is universally regarded as a basketball conference. No wonder they seem to lack a sense of humor. Unlike in football where SU and Clemson have taken turns kicking each others asses over the last two decades, in basketball it's been extremely one sided, as in, Clemson won the only meeting. A victory that in the minds of idiots everywhere, proved beyond all reasonable doubt that Syracuse was in fact not snubbed by the Selection Committee in 2007, but rather, deserved to be in the NIT.

Boeheim vs. Clemson 0-1

2007 NIT Quarter Final, Clemson won 74-70 @ Clemson

Big East School Clemson Reminds me of: Virginia Tech Self-proclaimed football schools that conviently forget decade long spans of mediocrity in their respective recent histories, and seem to end up in the NIT even in their "good" years of basketball. I get Virginia Tech isn't really a Big East School and hasn't been for awhile, but so what, they used be and it's convenient for my argument. Clemson fans are the same idiots that didn't consider Florida State a real ACC school for about a decade (I guess you have to lose to Clemson in football before your a "real" ACC school)

Player I think of when I think of Clemson: Horace Grant

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I freely admit I don't remember Horace Grant at Clemson, and only recently discovered he played there because I looked it up when Jerami Grant committed to Syracuse. What can I say, Clemson Basketball doesn't make much of an impression. This a program that has made it past the 2nd rd of the NCAA Tournament twice in the last 30 years, and one of those (1990) was vacated by the NCAA for infractions.

Really the player that comes to mind when I think Clemson is Demetris Nichols, and the massive injustice of that 2007 snub. That team was poised to make a run. I remember becoming a huge RIck Majerus fan the Saturday night before Selection Sunday because on the air he picked Syracuse as his dark horse Final Four school. I don't blame Clemson, in the end I blame Jim Delany. I'm a wrongful death case or two away from quiting the practice of law, and devoting a couple years to writing a book about that snub and all that went into it. But I digress.

Until then, I'll settle for 23-0 and one less school that can claim a winning record against The Great Jim Boeheim.


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