CLEMSON -- Now that No. 24 Clemson has essentially locked in a move into the NCAA tournament field, the Tigers can turn their attention to that hackneyed real estate axiom:
Location, location, location.
As in, location in the ACC tournament bracket. Then location in the NCAA tourney, both in terms of seeding and site.
"We have plenty to play for, without question," coach Oliver Purnell said.
"You want to be playing your best basketball if at all possible because that gives you the opportunity to win (those)."
Plus the more history the Tigers (21-7, 9-5 ACC) have the chance to make.
Clemson travels to Georgia Tech (12-16, 5-9) for a 7 p.m. tip today, then plays host to Virginia Tech in the regular-season finale Sunday afternoon.
The domino effect of these two games, as well as the ACC tourney opener, figures to impact their NCAA tournament outlook.
As of Wednesday evening, both ESPN and collegerpi.com forecast the Tigers as a No. 6 seed.
Analysts from both agree Clemson can lose more than it can gain down the stretch.
"Winning the games they should would probably result in no worse than a No. 7 seed," ESPN analyst Joe Lunardi said.
"Obviously, the primary goal is avoiding an 8-9 (seeds) game. With at least seven elite teams this year, avoiding the 1s and 2s as long as possible is clearly optimal. This is a great spot in that they could not face a No. 1 or No. 2 seed until the Sweet 16."
Jerry Palm, publisher of collegerpi.com, believes the only way Clemson could climb higher than a No. 5 would be to knock off Duke or UNC in the ACC tourney.
On the other hand, the Tigers speculatively could tumble as low as a No. 10 seed if it dropped its three remaining assured games -- admittedly unlikely if only because they have yet to lose consecutive ACC games this season.
"They really don't have a lot of big wins on their resume, and Purdue probably looks better than it is because they were a different team then," Palm said. "So I think it would be hard for them to do a lot better.
"That being said, everybody else seems to be trying to play their way out of the tournament, so it's hard to tell how far they might could fall."
Those details continue unfolding tonight.
First, the Tigers must settle their spot in the ACC order.
Miami's triumph against Boston College on Wednesday night meant Clemson secures a first-day bye in next week's conference tournament with either one win in its final two games or a Miami loss Saturday at Florida State.
The Tigers are in third place, a half-game ahead of the Hokies (9-6), Sunday's opponent.
In the previous 54 ACC seasons, Clemson has finished third or better just six times, the latest as titlist in 1990.
A win tonight would also tie this Clemson team for the program's record in single-season ACC wins (10), established in 1990 and 1987 -- a mark it then could break Sunday. The Tigers had 11 league wins in 1951-52 as members of the Southern Conference.