On Tuesday, January 16 the Clemson Tigers’ men’s basketball team will head to Chapel Hill, North Carolina for a date with the North Carolina Tar Heels. Clemson will be seeking its first-ever road win against North Carolina – a team that has beaten the Tigers in each of its fifty-eight previous meetings at home.
That’s right … 58-0.
In only its third game ever against North Carolina, Wofford pulled off a historic 79-75 upset – shocking the fifth-ranked Heels on their home court. Powered by 27 points from junior guard Fletcher Magee, Wofford won a game that the experts over at ESPN gave them only a 3.1 percent chance of winning.
In the process, they snapped the Heels’ 23-game home winning streak.
Magee is shooting lights out – connecting on 57 percent of his field goals and 55 percent of his three pointers. The Orlando, Florida native has scored in double figures in 57 consecutive games – the second-longest active streak in the nation. Earlier this month he pumped in 36 points in Wofford’s 63-60 victory over Georgia Tech – another Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) team.
“His numbers,” Wofford head coach Mike Young said, “have been staggering.”
How improbable was Wofford’s win?
The Terriers (8-4) were 0-22 all-time against ranked opponents heading into the Dean Dome last Wednesday evening. They finished 16-17 last season and were picked to finish sixth this year in the ten-team Southern Conference.
Indeed. Crazy good …
Wofford’s win was more than just another compelling David versus Goliath narrative. It was a resounding rebuke of a program that – while wildly successful for decades – has been caught making a mockery of collegiate athletics.
Earlier this year, head coach Roy Williams and his program emerged unscathed from their infamous “paper courses” scandal – in which university officials were accused of funneling athletes into #FakeClasses in an effort to keep them eligible for competition.
Specifically, Tar Heel basketball players (and other “student” athletes) were allegedly steered toward Department of African and Afro-American Studies courses which did not require regular attendance, offered flexible grading, had lax-to-nonexistent faculty oversight and required them to submit just one paper over the course of the semester.
Hence the name “paper courses.”
Along with the #HoopsGate saga, the North Carolina #FakeClasses scandal is the latest example of the hypocrisy and ethical bankruptcy of America’s government-subsidized collegiate athletics complex.
“It’s a scam … the whole thing. From top to bottom,” we wrote back in 2014. “Everything about American athletics – at every level – needs to be fundamentally reimagined.”
Indeed it does … but for the moment let’s all savor Wofford’s wonderful win (and North Carolina’s well-deserved defeat).
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