Does the Clemson vs. Florida State football rivalry transfer to the basketball court? – Greenville News
Clemson guard Gabe DeVoe (10) drives past Pitt guard Khameron Davis (13) during the 2nd half on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at Clemson’s Littlejohn Coliseum.(Photo: BART BOATWRIGHT/Staff)Buy Photo
CLEMSON – So does the Clemson vs. Florida State rivalry in football transfer to the basketball court?
“Absolutely not,” Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. “We don’t have the luxury of picking and choosing who our rivals are like Florida State and Clemson do in football.
“In the ACC, if you put any less emphasis on any game, something bad will happen. We don’t have the luxury of not giving every team in the ACC the ultimate respect. That’s the difference.”
No one knows this better than Hamilton, whose team has beaten the likes of North Carolina and Louisville while losing to Wake Forest and Boston College this season.
The unranked Seminoles play host to No. 12 Clemson Wednesday night, and although Hamilton’s team is a 2½-point favorite, he’s anticipating another tall task.
“We’re preparing for one of the hottest teams in the conference in Clemson,” Hamilton said. “They’re very fun to watch. Now playing against them, I’m not looking forward to that, but watching them is what basketball’s all about.
“Everyone seems to have accepted their roles. They understand in order for them to be successful, each person has to fulfill their role. It’s a team sport where everyone’s connected and playing for each other. They’re very impressive.”
Clemson has won four consecutive games to improve to 20-4 overall and 9-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Tigers appear to be a team on a mission – namely, securing their first NCAA Tournament berth since 2011.
Coach Brad Brownell’s is coming off its first weekend with a bye and hasn’t played since defeating Pittsburgh