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The 2Faced Tigers: Clemson Basketball Great at Home, Terrible on Road

Photo by Ashley Stout

Coming into this basketball season the Clemson Tigers men’s basketball team was already at a disadvantage. They are not able to play in their home arena due to renovations.

The Tigers would instead have to call Bon Secours Wellness Arena, located 45 minutes away in Greenville,  their home for the 2015-2016 season.

They have been pretty comfy in “The Well” as made evident by their 11-2 record there so far this season. The Tigers have averaged 70.4 points per game at the Well, all while holding the opposition to an average of 56.2 points per game, making them one of the best home defensive teams in the country. That average +14.2 score margin is also one of the top in the country. As we can see, the Tigers have not only been one of the best teams at home in the nation, but also one of the most dominant.

While the Tigers have been magnificent at home they have been a completely different team on the road.

So far this season, the Tigers have tallied one victory on the road, a 74-73 overtime win over Syracuse. In six total road games the Tigers have averaged 66.8 points per game while allowing 76.3 points per game (over 20 points more than at home), combining for a -9.5 score margin. While the Tigers’ home averages have been some of the best in the country, their road averages have been some of the worst. It is worth noting the Tigers have played two games at a neutral site, winning one (Rutgers) and losing the other (Massachusetts).

This season for Clemson has been a two-faced one — with  two seemingly different teams. Luckily for the Tigers, the majority of the games this season have been at home, with more than twice as many home games as road games so far.

That is about to change with five of the remaining nine games being on the road. The team is currently in the midst of a three-game road trip, which they have already started off badly, falling to Florida State 76-65 on Saturday. The Tigers’ road trip continues Tuesday night when they visit a weak Wake Forest team. The road trip culminates when they visit Virginia Tech to square off with the Hokies.

It is imperative that the Tigers turn things around on the road, especially if they have plans to be playing in March.

The Tigers have a favorable schedule down the stretch, with seven of the nine games left set to be against teams in the bottom half of the ACC. The other two teams, Notre Dame and Virginia, will be tough games as both teams have been ranked; but these games will be played at home in the Well which gives the Tigers an advantage. The Tigers have had a good season thus far, and have themselves in position to possibly make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2011, but it will not come easily. And it all starts on the road.

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