Clemson closes regular season at Notre Dame

Clemson plays its last regular season game of the 2014-15 season at No. 12 Notre Dame.

WHAT: Clemson (16-13, 8-9 ACC) vs. Notre Dame (25-5, 13-4 ACC)
WHEN: Saturday, March 7 (4 PM)
WHERE: Joyce Center (9,149)
TV: ACC Network (Tim Brant-pbp; Bobby Cremins-color)
SPREAD: Notre Dame by 11

Clemson travels to No. 12 Notre Dame Saturday afternoon in search of evening its record in ACC play by pulling off the upset. It will be the second meeting between the two schools this year after the Fighting Irish defeated the Tigers 60-58 in Littlejohn Coliseum last month.

The Tigers are tied with Pittsburgh at 8-9 in the ACC and appear to be a guarantee for the 8/9 seed game at the ACC Tournament next week in Greensboro.

Clemson is looking to avoid a sixth loss in eight games after falling 66-61 to North Carolina State on Tuesday. Little-used freshman Gabe DeVoe had a season-high 18 points in six minutes off the bench, but it wasn't enough as the Tigers shot 29.9 percent as a team and went more than 14 minutes in the second half between field goals.

DeVoe finished 3 of 7 from 3-point range while the rest of the team went 2 for 13. Meanwhile Notre Dame has wrapped up a double-bye in the conference tournament, and it secured the third seed with Wednesday's 71-59 win at No. 16 Louisville.

The Irish, who suffered a surprising 65-60 loss to Syracuse in their previous game Feb. 24, shot 53.5 percent for the highest mark allowed by the Cardinals this season.

Clemson has lost 53 of its last 54 road matchups against ranked teams. The Tigers have also dropped five straight overall against Top 25 opponents since beating No. 18 Arkansas 68-65 in overtime Dec. 7.

A upset by the Tigers Saturday would be huge - not only would it even their record in ACC play, it would also put them in a good position to be selected for the NIT.

Clemson's RPI according to WarrenNolan.com currently sits at No. 92. A year ago the lowest ranked team selected by the postseason tournament was No. 88, which means the Tigers need a win either today or in the first round of the ACC Tournament next week to have a reasonable chance to be selected for postseason play.

Jaron Blossomgame leads the Tigers with 12.8 points per contest coming in to today's game. He's the only player currently averaging double figures.

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