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ACC Roundup - A Fun One In The New Thriller Dome

As the Tigers win a tight one.

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Clemson v Georgia Tech
ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 28: Marcquise Reed #2 of the Clemson Tigers defends against Brandon Alston #4 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the first half of the basketball game at Hank McCamish Pavilion on January 28, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Clemson and Georgia Tech had a nice game in Atlanta Sunday and it got particularly nice down the stretch.

Elijah Thomas fouled out with 2:33 left out with Clemson up 68-60 and Josh Okogie went off.

First he hit the free throws after Thomas fouled out. Then he scored a layup with 2:10 left. He made one free throw with 2:10 left.

Marquise hit a basket with 1:59 to put Clemson back up 70-65 then Okogie hit a three to cut it to 70-68. Then he hit two more free throws with 0:42 left to tie the game.

Reed hit a layup with 0:28 left. Okogie tried to do it one more time but missed a layup with just :07 left. Clemson then fouled Reed and for some reason called a timeout. Reed missed the front end and then Josh Alvarado fired a three after the buzzer which missed badly.

It was a tremendous comeback by Okogie and Tech and Clemson showed a lot of guts to pull it out. It would have been easy to collapse but they didn’t.

Tech’s not a great program at this point but under Josh Pastner they have shown an instinct for winning big games and they almost pulled another one off. The Thriller Dome, after some time and a rebranding, is showing signs of life.

PItt is too, but on a lower level. They still haven’t won an ACC game yet though and now speculation is starting about whether they can or not - and whether or not Kevin Stallings will be back next year. Take this guy as an example.

We didn’t particularly like losing to State but does anyone seriously like the Wolfpack being an ACC weak sister? That’s no fun. We hope that this time, the Pack is really back.

As we told you after the Virginia game, the Cavaliers are a very physical team and got called for 18 fouls. Duke got called for 14. Apparently, that means that Duke gets all the calls and that the ACC conspires to hold Virginia down.

And you thought Maryland had left the ACC.

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