CLEMSON - Needing wins in the worst way to secure its 27th NCAA baseball tournament berth in 28 years, Clemson's urgency shouldn't be a concern at the ACC Tournament this week at NewBridge Bank Park in Greensboro, N.C.
The fifth-seeded Tigers (34-22, 15-14 ACC) will open round-robin play against fourth seed Duke (32-23, 16-14) Wednesday at 11 a.m., followed by a date with regular season champion Miami (40-15, 24-6) Thursday at 7 p.m.
The play-in winner Tuesday between Georgia Tech and Wake Forest will join Clemson's pool, and face Clemson Friday at 3 p.m. Round-robin games will be televised on regional sports networks.
The championship game is Sunday at 1 p.m., televised by ESPN2. It'll be the survivor out of Clemson, Duke, Miami and Tech or Wake against either Florida State, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina or NC State.
The Tigers did not face Duke this year, but were swept at home by No. 7-ranked Miami April 25-27.
Clemson is considered a bubble team on the NCAA field, but its fifth-place finish in the ACC standings has head coach Jack Leggett believing his team is deserving.
"Yeah, I definitely think so, personally," Leggett said after Clemson rallied from seven runs down to defeat lowly Boston College 10-9 in Saturday afternoon's regular season finale. "We finished fifth in a really good conference, we play a very tough schedule. I would hope so."
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