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Basketball Week In Review: Feb. 16

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Clemson came up short in its upset bid against Notre Dame, but the Tigers rebounded to drill Virginia Tech.

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Results: vs. No. 10 Notre Dame - L 60-58; vs. Virginia Tech - W 75-54

Upcoming: Monday, Feb. 16, 7 p.m., @ Georgia Tech; Saturday, Feb. 21, 4 p.m., vs. No. 4 Duke

Player of the Week: Jaron Blossomgame - 15.5 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 2 spg

Clemson was in position to notch a much-needed resume win against Notre Dame — up 56-52 with 4:07 to play — but faltered down the stretch, allowing the Irish to go an 8-0 run over the next three-plus minutes to take the lead in the final minute. The Tigers had a chance at both a game-tying and game-winning shot on the game's final possession but converted neither and fell in a 60-58 heartbreaker.

To their credit, the Tigers showed no ill effects Saturday when Virginia Tech came calling as they easily dispatched of the Hokies with an uncharacteristic three-point barrage. Clemson led by as many as 35 in the second half of the dominant effort.

Jordan Roper disappeared against Notre Dame but was spectacular against Virginia Tech, when he scored 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting including 5 of 6 from three-point range. We reward consistency, however, when it comes to player-of-the-week honors, so Jaron Blossomgame is the obvious choice this week. Blossomgame was great in both games, and the only blemish was his missed last-second shot attempt against the Irish.

The Tigers were able to rest several players and get some bench players quality minutes in the blowout win over the Hokies. Austin Ajukwa has played well in increased court time and is averaging 5.25 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in his past four.

Damarcus Harrison was great against Notre Dame (at least until his two late turnovers), but couldn't get anything going against Virginia Tech. He is just one example on this team of a guy whose performance you can't predict from game to game. Clemson has several players with this issue, which is why the team as a whole is so inconsistent.

Landry Nnoko played well on Saturday, but any performance against a team with as little post presence as Virginia Tech has to be taken with a grain of salt. But just seeing him put the ball in the basket and grab a few rebounds is a nice change of pace.

Gabe Devoe played 12 minutes against the Hokies and was 0 for 4 from the floor and was quite the liability on defense. I'm pulling for this kid, but he is lost right now. I can't imagine Patrick Rooks could bring less to the table.

Rod Hall bounced back with a couple decent scoring games, posting nine points in each contest. I would have liked to see him get more rest against Virginia Tech (he played 31 minutes) because the poor guy plays almost 40 minutes a night.

Clemson has a must-win game Monday night at Georgia Tech then gets four days of rest before traveling to Cameron Indoor on Saturday to face No. 4 Duke.