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Clemson's Slide Concerns Oglesby, Hurts Hokies

On Feb. 17, Clemson beat Maryland by 29 points. Since that game, the Tigers have lost four of six games, including Thursday’s 86-81 loss to 12th-seeded Georgia Tech.

“It's been kind of a journey since we played Maryland,” guard Terrence Oglesby said. “Coach [Oliver] Purnell can say all he wants, but if we don't decide what we're going to do, it's going to be the same thing.”

Oglesby did not mince his words in the minutes after Thursday’s loss. He was clearly frustrated by the recent struggles of a team once ranked in the top 10. Oglesby said the team has been selfish in recent week.

“The lack of energy and the lack of the ability to play together – which is kind sad considering that we're all best friends on the team – but it's almost like we're looking out for ours too much,” Oglesby said. “The lack of togetherness is what's killing us.”

The Tigers lost in the first round of last season’s NCAA tournament. Clemson has for its scorching early-season starts and late-season struggles. This year’s team appeared capable of breaking the trend, but the last five games have frustrated Oglesby.

Clemson’s quick exit raises questions about their NCAA tournament seed. Before the ACC tournament, they appeared to be playing for one of the region’s top four seed. It also has a reverberating effect on the teams that count Clemson is a marquee win – such as Virginia Tech.

The Hokies had been confident in road wins over Wake Forest and Clemson. If the Tigers slip out of the top 25, that victory will lose some of its luster.

By Zach Berman  |  March 12, 2009; 6:05 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Comments

Here's a hint Clemson: Good guards (there are a few of them in the ACC) can break your press every time. It's hard to win when you spot the other team 10-15 free points every game.

Posted by: hoos3014 | March 12, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

I don't even see them getting past NC State so why BOTHER speculating about playing Wake when it ain't GONNA happen? I'm starting to agree, loosing to UVa = NIT.

Posted by: iamasofaking | March 10, 2009 6:46 PM

Posted by: Barno1 | March 12, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Let's face it. We are toast.

Another disappointing season with a team that just doesn't measure up.

We aren't even a factor in the ACC, much less nationally.

Missing the tournament for the 4th time in 5 years is simply unacceptable.

Gary must do a better job recruiting. Making the tournament next year will NOT be enough. We need to be there almost every year.

Our program is a real disappointment and I am disgusted.

Let's hear it Koolaid drinkers.

Posted by: petecard | March 9, 2009 6:30 PM

Posted by: Barno1 | March 12, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Call me fickle...but I don't see them getting past NC State again, let alone Wake. I really hope I'm wrong.......NIT otra vez.

Posted by: iamasofaking | March 9, 2009 3:02 PM

Posted by: Barno1 | March 12, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

All the way!

By which I mean, of course, that they will get all the way to Atlanta. Their plane will arrive safely and their bus will make it to the arena on time.

I have a feeling that bus will continue running throughout the NC State game, though.

Posted by: JohninMpls | March 9, 2009 12:17 PM

Posted by: Barno1 | March 12, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

It's about time the Wolfpack wins a game, no? What better team to victimize than our Terps?

Posted by: AncientTerp | March 8, 2009 10:02 PM

Posted by: Barno1 | March 12, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Gary should use the game against NC State to get ready for the NIT.

Maryland plays in the NIT so often it should consider becoming the title sponsor.

Turtle Soup, brought to you by Gary Williams. Simply warm and serve.

Posted by: petecard | March 9, 2009 8:56 AM

Posted by: Barno1 | March 12, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

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