Clemson used a massive first half run to cruise to a 84-53 win over Auburn in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. With the victory, Clemson is in its first Sweet 16 since 1997 and for the third time in program history.
Clemson was led by Gabe DeVoe, who scored 22 points behind 6-of-9 shooting from 3-point range and 8-of-13 overall. Elijah Thomas went 7-of-10 from the floor, scoring 18 points and registering a game-high 11 rebounds.
Clemson now has a few days to rest before it heads to Omaha, Neb. for the Midwest Region semifinals. Its opponent on Friday: No. 1 seed Kansas, who slipped past Seton Hall in its second round matchup on Saturday to move to its third straight Sweet 16 and 31st appearance in program history. A Tigers win over the Jayhawks would put them in the Elite Eight for just the second time.
Here’s what coach Brad Brownell said after the victory on Sunday:
On getting to the Sweet 16: “Obviously, just so proud of my team to play as well as we did on this stage. Not surprising because we’ve played well here lately and we have good players. These guys have really done an unbelievable job all year of buying into what we’re trying to do.”
On what kind of statement this sends to the rest of the country about the program: “I just think we have a good program. We have good players. We do things the right way. We have a first-class facility and we have a great university.It’s an unbelievable statement I guess, if you will, to recruits and folks of that nature that maybe haven’t examined us quite as well. But as much as anything I’m happy for our players.”
On DeVoe’s performance on Sunday night: “He was terrific…He was outstanding, in the second half especially the way he shot the ball. He’s done that several times this year, though. That’s something he can do. He is a big, strong guy with great range, a quick trigger, and because, you know, of the way he plays, the confidence he plays with, it’s a big part of our team.”
On coaching in a regional with three of the game’s premier coaches – Jim Boeheim, Mike Krzyzewski and Bill Self: “Nobody is going to know who I am. It’s like coaching the ACC. I don’t look down at the other end when we’re coaching. That’s not good for my mental health. I don’t worry about looking at Coach K. and Bill Self and Jim Boeheim and Roy Williams and everybody else that coaches in the ACC. If you do that that’s not good for you.”
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