Jan. 2, 2007
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Series Notes Overall: Florida State leads 25-21 at Clemson: Clemson leads 13-7 at FSU: FSU leads 14-4 at Tucker Ctr: FSU leads 12-3Last Year: Clemson won at Clemson, 61-55 FSU won at Tallahassee, 69-59Last CU Win at FSU: 56-54 in 2004-05
Clemson and Florida State are both ranked in the top 20 in the nation in the RPI heading into games of January 2. Clemson was ranked 13th and Florida State was ranked 17th. Clemson is also 10th in he latest Sagarin computer ranking.
Clemson forward James Mays has played in 25 consecutive Clemson victories, the first 11 games of last year and all 14 games this year. He is currently sixth in the ACC in rebounding, third in steals, ninth in field goal percentage, eighth in blocked shots and fifth in offensive rebounds.
Clemson is one of three undefeated teams entering Wednesday night’s game. The others are UCLA (12-0) and Oregon (13-0). UCLA and Oregon face each other on Saturday at Oregon.
K.C. Rivers has scored in double figures in every game this year even though he has not started. His 14-game streak of consecutive double figure scoring games as a reserve is a Clemson record, breaking the previous record of seven in a row by Dale Davis in 1988-89.
Clemson has won each of its last eight games by double digits, one off the Clemson record for that category.Clemson has 11 of its 14 wins by double digits so far this year and the Tigers have trailed in the second half in just two of the 14 games.
Clemson has a +8.7 rebound margin, a figure that would be a Clemson record if the season ended today. The Tigers have been out-rebounded just once (Monmouth) in the first 14 games this year.
Clemson’s 14-0 start is the second best start and second longest winning streak in Clemson history. The only streak that is better is a 17-0 record to open the 1986-87 season.
Clemson’s #18 national ranking in USA Today is the program’s highest in any poll since the December 28, 1998 rankings when Clemson was 14th in AP and 16th in USA Today.
Trevor Booker is coming off his first career double-double. The freshman had 15 points and 12 rebounds in the win over Georgia State on Dec. 31.
Clemson will play its ACC opener on the road at Florida State. Clemson has not won its ACC road opener since the 1996-97 season when it won at Virginia.
Clemson finished its non-conference record at 14- 0, the first perfect record in regular season play against non-ACC foes since 1995-96 (10-0).
Georgia State is the only common opponent for Clemson and Florida State so far. Clemson defeated the Panthers 67-57 and FSU won 87-55.
The home team has won 14 of the last 16 games in this series. But, Clemson won in Tallahassee in 2004-05.
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