Clemson knocked off Rick Pitino’s Louisville team Sunday, 66-62. It was the third straight season the Tiger program knocked off a team whose coach has already been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame. The Tigers beat Duke (Mike Krzyzewski) in 2013-14 and Syracuse (Jim Boeheim) last season.
The Cardinals entered Sunday’s game with a No. 16 national ranking. It was Clemson’s first win against a ranked foe since Dec. 7, 2014 when the Tigers beat Arkansas.
Sunday’s win was the program’s fifth win against a ranked foe under Brad Brownell.
Brownell achieved win No. 100 as Clemson’s head coach Sunday. He is the fifth Tiger coach to post at least 100 wins, joining Joe Davis, Bill Foster, Cliff Ellis and Oliver Purnell.
Clemson held Louisville to 62 points, the Cardinals’ lowest output of the season.
Sunday’s win was Clemson’s first against Louisville. The Cardinals had won all four of the previous meetings in the series.
The Tigers made 32 free throws Sunday, most in 179 games under Brownell. The previous high was 28 against Florida State in 2012.
Clemson won despite being outrebounded 53-31. The rebound disparity was the largest against a Brownell coached team at Clemson.
Clemson’s 14 field goals were the fewest in the Brownell era, yet the Tigers won the game.
Avry Holmes hit 11 free throws on 14 attempts, both career highs.
Jordan Roper played 38 minutes Sunday without a turnover, and has a 64-20 assist-turnover ratio so far this season.
Jaron Blossomgame surpassed 800 career points, with a game-high 17 points. He also tied a career high with three steals.
Donte Grantham hit four three-point goals, matching his high against an ACC opponent (Syracuse in 2014-15).
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