The Miami Hurricanes are arguably the best college basketball team in the nation.
The Clemson Tigers are arguably the most inconsistent, make-you-want-to-pull-your-hair-out-trying-to-figure-them-out team in the nation.
Put the two in the same building at the same time and what do you get?
Maybe a rout by the U.
Or maybe a court-storming moment by kids of all ages, decked out in orange.
On the surface, a Tiger win over the Hurricanes Sunday at Littlejohn Coliseum seems extremely unlikely.
No. 3 Miami has gotten quite comfortable with that whole winning thing, with 12 consecutive victories and an unblemished mark the ACC — one that includes a 90-63 mugging of No. 2 Duke.
A season that alternates between taking a turn in the right direction and drifting off course is trending upward again, thanks to the school’s first ACC road victory of the season.
Clemson 56, Georgia Tech 53 is a modest achievement when placed alongside Miami’s resume, but it was an achievement nonetheless.
And a little momentum can sometimes go a long way.
Keep in mind this is modern college basketball, and in modern college basketball Division 1 teams are going to lose during the course of a long, grinding season — and they’re going to lose more than once.
The Hurricanes — who didn’t even crack the Top 25 until Jan. 21 — lost back-to-back games to Arizona and Indiana State in the early stages of the campaign.
And then there was that November setback to Florida Gulf Coast University — an Atlantic Sun Conference member.
In fact the Hurricanes also lost to a Division II squad, St. Leo, in an exhibition to start the 2012-13 season.
It didn’t count, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.
Obviously the team you see tonight is not the same team that lost those games, but I doubt Miami is going to win the rest of ‘em. The ‘Canes will lose a game, because that’s just the way it is in college hoops.
If their league record doesn’t get blemished in the regular season, odds are it will in the ACC Tournament.
As for Clemson, well, barring a magical, mystical run in Greensboro next month about the best that can be hoped for is an NIT bid.
And that bid won’t come unless the team shows a pretty good kick as it nears the finish line.
But what a kick it would be for fans of this youth-laden, all over the map squad to somehow put it together and be the team that denied Miami ACC perfection.
There have been other impromptu fan meetings on the hardwood here in recent years and they came against the traditional top names in the ACC — Duke and North Carolina.
Miami might not have the top name in the ACC but right now it has the top team.
Could be that the Hurricanes will be too much for the Tigers.
But a court-storming moment isn’t out of the question — and Clemson fans could certainly use one right now.