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May 03, 2024

2023-24 Clemson Basketball Final Notes

Clemson Game Notes-Final

• Just the second team in Clemson history to reach Elite 8 of NCAA Tournament, first time in 44 years. Accomplished this as a No. 6 seeded team in West regional, same seed and regional as the 1980 Clemson team. According to research by CBS Sports, the 44 years in between Elite 8 appearances is the fourth longest in the history of the tournament. The longest is a 54-year stretch by Loyola (Chicago).

• Defeated No. 3 seed Baylor and No. 2 seed Arizona in the NCAA Tournament. Win over No. 3 seed Baylor was best seed Clemson has beaten in NCAA Tournament since 1980. Then topped that with win over No. 2 Arizona that was the best seed Clemson has beaten in the NCAA Tournament.

• Had three players (PJ Hall, Chase Hunter, Ian Schieffelin) named to NCAA All-Regional team, most in one year in Clemson history. Had just two selections total previously (Larry Nance, 1980, Gabe Devoe, 2018).

• Clemson won its first three games of the NCAA Tournament as the underdog, the first team to do that since 1985.

• Clemson defeated nine NCAA Tournament teams, six in the regular season and three in the tournament, the most in a season in school history. Seven of the nine wins were recorded away from home, most in a season in school history.

• Recorded 12 wins away from home, an all-time school record for one season. Had six wins on opponent’s home court, six wins on neutral sites.

• The 12 wins away from home included  seven vs. NCAA Tournament teams, most in one season in Clemson history.

• Had five wins during the regular season against non-conference teams that reached the NCAA Tournament, most in one season in school history.

• Had five road ACC wins, tied for the most in a season in Clemson history.

• Won at North Carolina for just the second time in school history, the first road win over a ranked North Carolina team. Clemson had lost 37 straight in Chapel Hill to Top 25 North Carolina teams.

• The win at No. 3 North Carolina was the second highest ranked road win in Clemson history (beat No. 2 Maryland on road in 1975-76).

• Win at North Carolina was the first win for Clemson (anywhere) against a team that would become a No. 1 seed  since 1997 (Kentucky) and just the fourth time ever Clemson has beaten a team that would go on to be a No. 1 seed (also UNC 1979 and UNC 1994).

• Recorded four wins over top 25 teams (beat No. 23 Alabama, No. 3 North Carolina, No. 14 Baylor and No. 9 Arizona). All four wins were away from home, the most wins away from home over Top 25 teams in one season in school history.

• The wins over No. 14 Baylor and No. 9 Arizona in the NCAA Tournament marked the first time Clemson has beaten Top 25 teams in consecutive games since Jan. 13-16, 2016 when the Tigers defeated No. 9 Duke and No. 8 Miami. Both were recorded on Clemson’s then home court in Greenville, S.C. (Littlejohn was being renovated that year).

• The wins over No. 14 Baylor and No. 9 Arizona in consecutive games marked the first time Clemson has won consecutive games away from home over Top 25 teams since Jan. 17-21, 1975 when Clemson won at No. 5 Wake Forest in Winston-Salem (86-81) and at No. 2 Maryland (82-77).

• Recorded six wins in the month of February, most February wins in a season since 1990.

• Won 24 games, tied for fourth most in school history and just one off of school record of 25.

• Won 47 games over the last two years, two short of school record of 49 over consecutive years in 2006-07 and 2007-08.

• Won 25 ACC games over the last two years, school record for consecutive years, previous mark was just 20.

• Recorded back-to-back seasons of at least 10 ACC wins, a first in Clemson history.

• Back-to-back winning seasons in ACC for first time since a four-year run, 2007-08 through 2010-11.

• 10 ACC Road wins over the last two seasons, most in consecutive years in school history.

• Had a first-team All-ACC player in consecutive years for the first time ever. Hunter Tyson in 2022-23 and PJ Hall in 2023-24.

• Clemson limited New Mexico to just 29.7 percent shooting – the second lowest for a Clemson team in tournament history (Record is 25.8 percent vs. Auburn on 3/18/18). The 29.7 percent shooting for New Mexico was its lowest of the 2023-24 season – by a considerable margin. Their previous low was 35.4 percent in a three point loss to UNLV on Feb. 10.

• Clemson held New Mexico to 56 points, the Lobos fewest points in a game all year. The previous low was 58 in a game against Boise State.

• Clemson held Jamal Mashburn, Jr. (10th) and Jaelen House (11th), two of the top 11 scorers in New Mexico history, to a combined 18 points in 5-25 shooting from the field and 2-14 on three-point shooting.

• The Tigers were led once again by Chase Hunter who finished with 20 points and six assists. Despite leading by 15 points late in the second half, the No. 14 ranked and No. 3 seeded Bears made a run, but the Tigers never relinquished. Hunter netted his third 20-point game of the year and second in a row after a game-high 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the floor against New Mexico and another 20-point outing against Baylor.

• Ian Schieffelin totaled his 10th and 11th double-doubles of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds against New Mexico and 18 points and 11 rebounds against Alabama. With his 11th double-double, Schieffelin is just the second Clemson player to record double figures in double-doubles in a season since 2008-09. Hunter Tyson did it last year with 16, but that is the only other player to do it since Trevor Booker had 13 double-doubles in 2008-09. Schieffelin also had 17 double-digit rebounding games last season and 19 for his career.

• PJ Hall earned consecutive All-ACC honors, by earning First Team recognition in 2023-24. He was named Third Team in 2022-23. It was the first time in program history that Clemson has had First Team selections in back-to-back years (Hunter Tyson, 2023).

• Ian Schieffelin was named the program’s second ACC Most Improved Player of the Year (Jaron Blossomgame, 2016).

• Joseph Girard III earned All-ACC Honorable Mention.