Occasionally, early round games in conference tournaments act as de facto play-in games for the NCAA Tournament. That might be the case with Clemson against NC State today.
Clemson, the No. 9 seed in the ACC Tournament, is taking on the eighth-seeded Wolfpack in the first game of the day in Charlotte. At halftime, the Tigers lead 42-26.
Clemson (19-12, 9-9 in ACC play) and NC State (21-10, 9-9) are both firmly on the bubble. Right now, ESPN’s Joe Lunardi has them both as part of his “Last Four In” for the 2019 NCAA Tournament.
However, the loser of this game is likely going to be left on the outside looking in, depending on how other conference tournaments play out, so there is a ton at stake.
It has been a tale of two shooting performances through the first 20 minutes today. Clemson has shot lights out, while NC State has not.
HALFTIME: Clemson 42 NC State 26.
The Tigers started the game 7/8 from three to gain a huge lead.
— WFNZ-AM/FM (@wfnz) March 13, 2019
The winner of Clemson and NC State will take on No. 1 seed Virginia in the ACC quarterfinals tomorrow.
You can catch the second half of this game on ESPN momentarily.