Inside the Bracket: Retractable claws

Clemson continues to start fast, stumble down stretch

Originally Published: March 14, 2009
By Matt Meyers | ESPN The Magazine

It has become almost as predictable as Duke players slapping the floor when they need a big stop on defense. The Clemson Tigers come out of the gate like gangbusters, and then collapse shortly after conference play begins. Just check out their last four seasons:

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Rex Brown/Getty ImagesTrevor Booker and the Tigers raced to a 16-0 start. Since then, they've looked less than lethal.

2006: Started 11-0, finished 19-13