- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 16, 2011

TAMPA, FLA. (AP) - Clemson didn’t have long to celebrate its first NCAA tournament win in 14 years.

The Tigers knocked off UAB in an opening round game between two No. 12 seeds in Dayton, Ohio, boarded a plane well after midnight and flew to Florida where they spent Wednesday resting and preparing to face No. 5 seed West Virginia in the East region just after noon Thursday.

The Tigers (22-11) arrived in Tampa in the wee hours, checking into their hotel around 5 a.m. Players were sleep until noon, had brunch and began watching film of a well-rested West Virginia team that hasn’t played since last week’s Big East tournament.

The 36-hour turnaround is not ideal, but coach Brad Bownell and his players aren’t complaining.


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