That vision became a reality Sunday when the NCAA Selection Committee released its 68 teams for the 2018 NCAA Tournament.
March Madness will take the Tigers to San Diego to play against New Mexico State on Friday. Clemson was there, too, though the two sets of Tigers did not meet in the Charleston Classic.
The winners of those two games will face each other in the second round on Sunday. They bowed out in the semifinals against top-seeded Virginia on Friday.
Brownell outlined his vision for leading Clemson to the Big Dance for the first time since 2011. He leads the team in blocks with 71 (2.2 per game). "We've got to get our identity in our man stuff and our zone stuff, and again, it's all about making plays, but we're prepared".
This marks the first time since head coach Brad Brownell's inaugural season at Clemson that the Tigers have advanced to the NCAA Tournament. "I'm taking New Mexico State".
Salt scored all eight of his points and snatched six of his game-high eight rebounds after halftime. If they can get the three-ball going, Clemson could go far in this tournament.
The Aggies clinched the NCAA Tournament berth, their 21st in program history, with a 72-58 win over Grand Canyon in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament championship Saturday night in Las Vegas, Nev.
The Tigers from SC feature four players in Marcquise Reed, Gabe DeVoe, Shelton Mitchell and Elijah Thomas who average double-figure scoring. "Their unity is as good as any as I've ever coached", Cavaliers coach Tony Bennett said. Like Auburn (who is without center Anfernee McLemore), Clemson will be without a key frontcourt player in Donte Grantham, who tore his ACL 14 games into the season. As guards Marcquise Reed, Gabe DeVoe and Sheldon Mitchell go, so go the Tigers. "I think we're playing pretty good basketball".
In their recent string of losses, disjointed play has been the Tigers' Achilles' heel, with foul trouble, turnovers, and nearly no production from the perimeter haunting an offense that basketball statistician Ken Pomeroy has among the nation's 20 best.