Clemson Virginia Tech is the home of the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. The event was held at the Carrier Dome in Birmingham, Alabama on February 9, 2017. Clemson won its first-ever national title, defeating Duke 77-64 in the championship game. The victory gave the Tigers their second national title in three years. The first came in 2014, when Carolina defeated the Tigers in the championship game.
If you’ve watched any of the past three or four college basketball championships, you’ve probably guessed that Clemson’s 2017 title was the biggest one of the past three years. That’s because the Tigers played in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament, the tournament that determines the tournament champion. That was the first time Clemson was a finalist in this tournament. After that, Clemson went on to win the 2017 national championship.
Now, in 2016, Clemson was a finalist again. But the Tigers won the championship again. And in 2017 they won again. And they did it not with star freshman phenom De’Aaron Fox, but with a team that featured multiple players who had previously been in the top ten at their respective positions. These players, Clemson’s 2017 Freshman All-Americans, aren’t the only ones to have achieved this accomplishment.
For a team that only had two players from the three programs the Tigers beat to win the championship, this is a big deal. The team is also an all-star, and is led by the former Heisman winner, Trevor Lawrence. Although Clemson lost in the championship game, its record makes the wins even more impressive. In its three seasons, the Tigers have never finished with a losing record and have never finished with a losing record where five teams were undefeated.
It is no surprise then that Lawrence has said that Clemson is the kind of “team that’s going to do something special.” While the Tigers were a team that never finished with a losing record, they were also a team that was consistently ranked in the top half of the polls. It is this consistency that has made Lawrence a national sensation. In his first year as head coach, he led the Tigers to a perfect bowl record and finished the season with a 28-0 record.
It is nice to see Lawrence taking the Clemson approach to the game. While his record is a bit better than what you see in the ACC, it’s still not good enough to be in the top half of the ACC. On the other hand, he does have the Tigers ranked in the top five of the AP poll.
Clemson was ranked in the AP top ten four times this year, and has always been ranked in the top ten once: in 2009, in 2011, in 2014, and this year. Clemson has consistently been in the top ten in the AP poll since 2009. The only ACC team that has not been in the top ten of the AP poll is Virginia Tech, who have ranked in the AP top fifteen once each.
The Tigers have been in the AP top ten eight times in the last twelve years. They have not been ranked in the top ten once in four of those years, which I think is a good sign about the future. In fact, the last time the Tigers were ranked in the AP top ten was in 2009. They have never been ranked in the AP top ten in the last ten years.
The team from the ACC is the same team that beat the Irish in the Sugar Bowl. The difference between these two teams is that one of them is a football school and the other is not. I think the ACC has more to do with the success of the ACC and the success of the sport than the ACC should play in the AP poll.
Well, if you look at the AP top ten, Clemson is in the top ten most teams. The Tigers are the first team to make it into the top ten since the “A” team back in 2000. The “A” team is the team that has the first overall win in the “A” division since 2000.