NCAA tournament: Duke, Kansas, Clemson and Syracuse reach Omaha for Sweet 16

It said something else, too. Auburn's shooting was the biggest culprit as they trailed Charleston in shooting.

Clemson was almost flawless at the offensive end against the WAC champions, one of the better defensive teams in the country.

Shelton Mitchell and Gabe DeVoe led Clemson into the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 21 years.

Clemson will face top-seeded Kansas in the Sweet 16 later this week in Omaha, Neb.

The inexperience of Auburn was more evident in their game than that of Clemson in their victory, but there is no telling how these two teams will match up.

BC-BKC-NCAA-Clemson-Auburn, 382 DeVoe, Clemson rout cold-shooting Auburn to reach Sweet 16AP Photo CAGB114, CAGB116, CAGB115, CAGB118Eds: APNewsNow.

DeVoe led Clemson with 22 points to go with five assists and five rebounds, and was one of three players in double figures for the team.

Auburn grinded out a 62-58 win over Charleston in the first round of the tournament, but failed to cover a 9.5-point spread in the win.

They went into halftime trailing 43-19.

Auburn shot only 18 percent for the half, converting only six of 33 field goal attempts, and had almost as many turnovers as field goals with five.

Auburn heads into an uncertain offseason. "You feel bad because you want to represent Auburn and represent your conference". We haven't made excuses all season long. "But obviously we're very disappointed with the way we played tonight".

Riller's 3 fell well short, and was rebounded by Auburn freshman forward Chuma Okeke. That was a tough matchup for Desean - all that size and length.

We haven't seen the last of this group either. In the final 10:34, Auburn went 0-18 from the field. Given especially Clemson's recent success on the football field, it's easy to overlook the basketball team's development over the last eight years under Brad Brownell, who previously coached at UNC-Wilmington and Wright State.

The Tigers officially sold out seven of their 16 games at Auburn Arena, which seats 9,121 fans, though the terms of the contract define a "sold-out" home game as at least 8,300 fans - a mark the team surpassed in its home SEC opener against Arkansas on January 6, with 8,950 in attendance. I'm so proud of my players, I'm so proud of our program. Against College of Charleston, Brown scored only 10 points as he was 3-for-11 from the field. The ACC was 6-4 including Syracuse's play-in victory Tuesday despite the historic loss by No. 1 overall tournament seed Virginia to Maryland-Baltimore County on Friday.

The fact that some "experts" picked Clemson to lose its first game was talked about among the team earlier in the week, Brownell said, "but it's not like some big chip on our shoulder, underdog". Clemson, meanwhile, created higher-caliber looks and had little trouble converting them into points.

  • Leroy Wright