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Tigers CLAW to Sweet 16 for first time since 2018! | Clemson Advances over No. 3 Baylor | March Madness

Clemson advances to the Sweet 16! Photo: Clemson MBB Instagram
Clemson advances to the Sweet 16! Photo: Clemson MBB Instagram

In a thrilling showdown at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee, the Clemson Tigers stunned the basketball world by punching their ticket to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA March Madness tournament. Despite facing a formidable opponent in the No. 3 seed Baylor Bears, Clemson showcased resilience, determination, and a touch of magic to secure a memorable 72-64 victory on Sunday.

The game was a rollercoaster of emotions, with Clemson initially asserting their dominance before encountering a nail-biting late-game collapse. However, true to their character, the Tigers rallied when it mattered most, displaying remarkable composure under pressure to emerge victorious.

Fuelled by their previous triumph over New Mexico, where they secured a commanding 21-point win, the sixth-seeded Tigers entered the matchup against Baylor with unwavering confidence. Throughout the game, Clemson's stout defense and clutch scoring proved to be the difference-makers, as they held firm against Baylor's relentless offensive onslaught.

The Mascots were Lit for Game day! Photo: Clemson MBB Instagram
The Mascots were Lit for Game day! Photo: Clemson MBB Instagram

This victory marks Clemson's fifth appearance in the Sweet 16 in program history, a testament to the team's dedication, perseverance, and unwavering belief in their abilities. As they prepare to face off against the formidable No. 2 seed Arizona Wildcats in Los Angeles, California, on Thursday, the Tigers are ready to continue their remarkable journey through March Madness.

Entering the matchup against Baylor, the odds were stacked against Clemson, with lower seeds boasting a dismal 1-9 record against higher seeds in the NCAA Tournament's second round. However, true to their resilient nature, the Tigers defied the statistics and silenced the doubters with a masterful performance that will be remembered for years to come.

As the Sweet 16 showdown beckons, Clemson stands on the brink of greatness, poised to script another chapter in their storied basketball legacy. With their sights set on glory, the Tigers are ready to roar louder than ever before as they continue their pursuit of NCAA tournament immortality.

This is Dez Barnes of Pretty Girls Love Sports, a journalist on the MTMV Sports platform. She is a retired US Army veteran, professional cheerleader, pet mom, and avid sports lover. Feel free to follow her writings as she dives into the latest sports news! You can find her on all social media channels @PGLOVESPORTS.

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