Clemson Tigers 1979-1980

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  • Hardwood History

      Up until the 1979-1980 season, Clemson basketball had never reached the NCAA Tournament.  Billy Williams and Larry Nance aimed to change that.   The Tigers went 19-8 during the regular season knocking off 4 top 25 teams including then #1 ranked Duke.

      That was good enough for Clemson to make their first NCAA Tournament appearance as the #6 seed in the West Region.  After a close hard-fought win over #11 seed Utah in the first round, the Tigers took on Danny Ainge and #3 seed BYU.  A 71-66 win but Clemson in the Sweet 16 where they beat another Cinderella team, Lamar.

      "All of a sudden here we are playing for the right to go to the Final Four.  I remember how everyone was just kind of going along taking things one at a time, and people really didn't think about what a terrific accomplishment this was for a program in its first year of making the tournament." -Tim Bourret, Former Clemson SID

      The Tigers magical run would end in a loss to UCLA finishing their season 23-9.

      • Modern Standard-Length Fit - SIZE CHART 
      • Material: Double Ply 100% Pro Aero Mesh 
      • Hemmed Pocket at Both Sides
      • Elastic Waistband with Drawstring 
      • Sublimated Team Graphics 
      • Officially Licensed 
      • Made in China 
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