Reflections on the Clemson game
posted at 2/9/2011 6:12 PM EST
1. The free fall continues. Now 6-6 in the ACC, losing 4 of last 5.
2. Even I was shocked to read Stevie Wonder's concession in today's Blaudschun column in which he virtually admits that he was unprepared for Clemson after his 20 years in the Ivy League - and he can't even beat those teams (former Ivy opponents, with whom you'd expect him to know well) on our schedule.
3. If there was ever a game that cried out for Coach Skinner's flex offense, last night's game did. With the horrid 3-point effort ( 9 for 30), and with the inability to score over their big men, the ideal would be to put them in foul trouble and make them pay from the line. The flex does just that - as well as imposing some obviously badly needed discipline on Stevie Wonder's just-chuck-em-up game plan.
4. Putting this game on in ESPN Rivalry Week is an oxymoron. We have scant history with Clemson. For as we all know. our actual rivals now play in a far better conference.
5. And just how big a "rivalry" this represents was glaringly evident on TV. The section behind the Eagle bench - rows and rows, as far as the eye could see - was EMPTY, with the exception of one guy wearing Clemson colors who appeared for the second half. There appeared to be NO fans of The Institute in attendance.
Where were all those ACC zealots who laud Dear Leader's move?
And where were all those students and families from the Carolinas who were allegedly drawn to alma mater in droves by the sainted one's cash-driven defection from the Big East?
There were 8,925 fans at Littlejohn, several times what Conte attracts on most nights.
And nary a one donning maroon and gold!
Thanks, Gang of Two, for making us a misfit in the ACC and a pariah to college hoops in general!