Tigers in ACC tournament final

CHARLOTTE -- Clemson's men's basketball has a chance to make history today when it plays for the ACC tournament championship.

The Tigers (24-8) topped Duke, 78-74, on Saturday to earn their first tournament championship berth since 1962. It'll be only the second time Clemson has ever played for the title.

Clemson is the only charter member of the ACC that has never won the tournament.

The Tigers are considered automatic participants in the NCAA tournament, but a win would increase their seeding, perhaps up to one of the top 16 in the country. To do it, they'll have to beat the nation's top-ranked team -- ACC regular-season champion North Carolina.

Clemson played two of its best games against the Tar Heels (31-2) in the regular season, falling 90-88 in overtime on Jan. 6 in Clemson and 103-93 in double overtime on Feb. 10 at Chapel Hill, N.C.

The Tigers have beaten two No. 1 teams in their history -- No. 1 Duke in 1980 and No. 1 North Carolina in 2001.

The game tips off at 1 p.m. and will be televised on CBS (Comporium Cable channel 5 in Rock Hill).