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Clemson loses a tough one while Miami clears .500.

 Auburn Tigers guard K.T. Harrell (1) shoots the ball between Clemson Tigers forward Jaron Blossomgame (5) and forward K.J. McDaniels during the second half at Auburn Arena. The Tigers won 66-64.
Auburn Tigers guard K.T. Harrell (1) shoots the ball between Clemson Tigers forward Jaron Blossomgame (5) and forward K.J. McDaniels during the second half at Auburn Arena. The Tigers won 66-64.
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After an impressive start, Clemson stumbled against Auburn, losing to a mediocre SEC team on the road 66-64.

Clemson let Auburn hit 47.3%, well above the Tiger's NCAA-leading 33.7%.

It's a loss of course, but one which could benefit the Tigers down the road.

KJ McDaniels led the way with 18 points, seven boards and two blocks. Rod Hall added 16 and Jordan Roper tossed in 12.

Meanwhile, Miami climbed above .500 with a 17 point win over Savannah State. Donnavan Kirk scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds.

Rion Brown had 13 and Garrius Adams had 12.

The 'Canes shot 57.1% for the night.

Only one game Friday as Syracuse welcomes Scott Cherry's High Point team. Of course, Allan Chaney, who had a serious heart problem at Virginia Tech before getting a second chance at High Point, won't be coming. He had an episode on-court recently and dccided to retire from the game.

However, Saturday is a very busy day with 10 games including some very intriguing matchups.

UNC's Leslie McDonald was reinstated by the NCAA this week. As we understood it, the issue was primarily over a mouthpiece which McDonald's endorsement helped to promote. As it turns out, and maybe we just missed this part, Hadyn "Fats" Thomas, who lent cars to P.J. Hairston, also lent them to McDonald.

UNC scandals are getting hard to keep track of, and maybe we just forgot, but we didn't remember this at all.

Hairston's ruling, UNC thinks, will come down Friday. Many expect him to be declared ineligible for the season.