With a quick start, the Clemson Tigers showed that UAB of Conference USA were better suited for the NIT as opposed to the inaugural "First Four" in the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers went on a 21-2 run in the first half and never looked back. Jerai Grant and (career-high 22 points), Milton Jennings (11), Devin Booker (10) were formidable inside, while holding the Blazers' frontcourt to 12 points total. The Tigers' guards Demontez Stitt and Andre Young weren't as hot from the field as they have been in recent games, but defensively, they locked down on the UAB backcourt. The nation's leading assist-man, Aaron Johnson, was forced into 6 turnovers and left the game early with an injury, while the team's leading scorer was held in check for 7-of-17 shooting from the floor.
With the Tigers' first NCAA tournament win since 1997, there wasn't much time for Clemson to celebrate; they'll be taking on West Virginia, the region's No. 5 seed, in Tampa, Florida at 12:15 EST on Thursday.