ACC Basketball power rankings: Duke ahead of pack as conference play starts

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 26: Tevin Mack #13 of the Clemson Tigers drives against Colorado.. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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Tigers 6-7 (0-3)

Since our last ACC Power Rankings Clemson has gone 1-3 with a particularly tough loss. This tough loss came to none other than in-state rival South Carolina. What made this loss so disheartening for the Tigers was the fact that it was South Carolina’s first win over them in four years. In that loss, Clemson shot 28% from the field and finished with 22 turnovers. It was one of the most infuriating, sloppy performances they have put on in quite some time and in front of their home crowd to top it off.

The Tigers are still a very balanced offensive team, with eight players averaging at least five points per game. But balanced or not, the Clemson offense has fizzled out as of late. Over the last three games, they are averaging 55.6 points per game. They average 66.9 points per game for the season, showcasing how hard they have struggled as of late. After their hard-fought loss on Tuesday to Miami, Clemson takes on NC State and North Carolina in the coming weeks.

They will need A LOT more of out of leading scorer Aamir Simms—who shot 28.6% from the field in Clemson’s nine-point loss to Yale—to keep up with two North Carolina squads that like to put up points in a hurry.

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