The gang that couldn’t shoot free throws straight was just 26 made freebies from being 27-3, and 13-3. In terms of pure math, the misses from the charity stripe wouldn’t have saved the day against Carolina in Chapel Hill, Duke or UNC-Charlotte. In the other five losses , the free throw margin could have reversed the outcome.
Long story short, Clemson didn’t need to be a whole bunch better from the free throw line to be 27-3. They still could have been last in the conference in free throw percentage if they had just made the right shots at the right time.
For Clemson the new right time is now.