2018 NCAA Tournament: Clemson overwhelms Auburn to reach first Sweet 16 since 1997

The Clemson Tigers are in the Sweet 16 for the first time in 21 years.

Clemson put together a comprehensive offensive and defensive performance as it routed Auburn 84-53 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in San Diego, Calif. on Sunday.

For a few minutes, it looked as if this game would be a close-fought battle as the two teams were tied at 13 with 12 minutes, 40 seconds to go in the first half. But Clemson took over from there, ending the half on a 30-6 run to take a 43-19 lead into the break. Auburn, meanwhile, went the final 10-and-a-half minutes of the period without a field goal, missing 18 shots in a row at one point.

From there, Clemson was able to cruise to an easy win and earn their first trip to the Sweet 16 since 1997, its third overall appearance.

Gabe DeVoe scored a game-high 22 points, with his 6 made 3-pointers setting a program record for an NCAA Tournament game. Elijah Thomas finished with a double-double – 18 points and 11 rebounds.

Clemson has a chance to make even more history on Friday as it faces No. 1 seed Kansas in Omaha, Neb. on Friday.

A win against the Jayhawks would clinch the program’s second trip to the Elite Eight, with its sole appearance coming in 1980. Led by Billy Williams and Larry Nance, that team defeated Utah State, BYU and Lamar before falling to UCLA in the regional final.

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