CLEMSON - Clemson had some 5,000 miles and 10 hours flight time en route back from Hawaii to think about where it is as a team after a poor showing at the Diamond Head Classic holiday tournament.
After losing two of three games in Honolulu, Clemson is off to its worst start since 2003 when the Tigers were also 7-6 as a team through 13 games.
Clemson finished 10-18 overall in 2003-04. After breezing through the non-conference schedule in recent seasons the Tigers will try to avoid a .500 record in non-conference play at 4 p.m. today against ETSU in Littlejohn Coliseum. ACC play begins Jan. 7 when Clemson hosts Florida State.
The program's worst start in eight years is tied mostly to offensive struggles.
In the latest NCAA rankings, Clemson ranks 285th in the nation in scoring (63.6 ppg), 130th in the nation in field-goal percentage (44.6), and 104th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.04).
Andre Young, the team's most consistent shooter and leading scorer, has made just 3 of his 21 3-point attempts and has seen his scoring average decline two points to 12.9 points per game over the last two weeks.
Junior forwards Devin Booker and Milton Jennings, who the staff hoped would reach another level this season, are combining to average 18.5 points per game, just two more points per game than last season 16.5.
Clemson's bid for a fifth straight NCAA appearance has been hurt by its resume to date.
Clemson entered the week ranked 93rd overall and ninth in the ACC in Ken Pomeroy's team rankings, based upon offensive and defensive efficiency and strength of schedule. Clemson ranked ahead of only Maryland (165), Wake Forest (168) and Boston College (245) in the ACC.
Clemson is ranked 242th in simulated RPI following a showing in Hawaii where the Tigers lost to UTEP and Hawaii. Clemson is ranked behind in-state, mid-major schools College of Charleston (64), Charleston Southern (113), Furman (214) and Wofford (236).