Three thousand six hundred and fifty. That’s the total draw that Clemson pulled at home for their NIT game on Monday. That’s 23,102 fewer fans than SU put in the seats for its win over San Diego State for our equivalent game. Way to go Clemson fans, you’re making your team proud. I guess that’s how they roll down in ACC country.
We get to see the Tigers’ cavernous empty arena for ourselves tomorrow night, thanks to some bizarre seeding from the NIT committee. South Carolina is a long haul from upstate New York, so most local Syracuse fans probably can’t pull a trip that far on a weeknight with two days notice. But wouldn’t it be sweet if ex-pat SU fans from surrounding southern states pulled together to get more than 3,650 just on our own? We could turn it into a defacto home game. Lord knows the orange-hued masses have done it before for us on the road, in places like NYC, DC, Philly, and FL. SC would normally be out of the question, but if the home team is only going to draw three grand, I think it’s possible. Clemson might pull a few more of their own people since they’re playing a big name opponent, but I’m not expecting much. They don’t know about the Love the way our people do.