Notebook: Postseason Outlook

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Tigers are now looking to host a first round NIT game.

FINAL SCORE: Wake Forest 74, Clemson 68, overtime.

STAT OF THE GAME: In what may be the craziest statistical line of all time, a total of 19 players played in Wednesday night's game, with 18 of them committing at least one turnover. It was so bad, that the Demon Deacons were even credited with a team turnover. The only player not to commit a turnover was Clemson forward Julius Powell. The Tigers committed 20 turnovers, nine of which came from the combination of guards Shawan Robinson and Cliff Hammonds. Wake Forest committed 23, six of which came from guard Justin Gray.

TURNING POINT: Gray nails a fade-away three-pointer from the left wing with 4.3 seconds left in regulation to tie it at 60-60 and send it into overtime, where the Tigers eventually lost.

CLUTCH PLAY: Other than Gray's three-pointer, K.C. Rivers scored 11 straight points for the Tigers to bring them back from a nine-point deficit and tie it at 53-53 with 5:27 left to play.

BONEHEAD PLAY: After being scorching hot in the final 10 minutes of the game where he scored 14 points, Rivers only took three shots in overtime, one of which was a desperation attempt at the buzzer. The Tigers should have looked a little harder or set up specific plays down the stretch to get him shots.

HOLY COW: Wake Forest star center Eric Williams only had one rebound at the end of regulation. Nevertheless, the Demon Deacons still managed to grab more rebounds (35-28).

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Rivers, who brought the Tigers back from a nine-point deficit and also hit the shot that gave Clemson a three-point lead with 1:26 left in regulation. He was 6-of-11 from the field, including 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. He also tallied four rebounds and committed only one turnover.

POSTSEASON OUTLOOK: As far as the NCAA Tournament is concerned, Clemson fans can pretty much kiss the baby. They only way the Tigers make it now is to win the ACC Tournament. One more win should all but guarantee a berth into the NIT. Should Clemson manage at least two more wins it could host the first round. The Tigers will look at this game, as well as the N.C. State and Virginia Tech overtime losses as the reason they didn't reach the big tournament.

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