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Clemson Announces 1998-99 Men’s Hoops Schedule

August 12, 1998

Larry Shyatt on 1998-99 Schedule: “We want this to be a special year for our five seniors and this schedule should prepare them to have a special season. We will certainly get a yardstick of our team early in the Maui Classic, one of the finest fields in the history of that event. We open with Michigan, and the field also includes Syracuse, Utah and Indiana, teams that are perennial NCAA tournament teams.

“We don’t have an ACC game in December, as we have in recent years, but we are playing games that are certainly ACC quality in terms of intensity. The games in Maui, the game at South Carolina and versus Illinois will prepare us for our conference season.

“We are also excited about playing two games during the holiday season in the new Bilo Center. The Furman-Clemson rivalry goes back many years and playing another game against a Big Ten team in Illinois will also be a highlight of our schedule.

Schedule Notes: Clemson could have three games with Big Ten teams this year…Clemson meets Michigan in the first round of the Maui Classic and will meet Illinois in the Bilo Center on December 29th…Indiana is also in the Maui Classic, and the Tigers could meet the Hoosiers in the third round of that event…Clemson has played Indiana just once in history, in the semifinals of the 1980 Rainbow Classic…the Tigers won that game, 58-57, the only time in history Clemson has beaten the eventual National Champion…Clemson has not met Michigan on the hardcourt since the 1987-88 season when the Tigers nearly upset an 11th-ranked Wolverine team in the first round of the South Florida Invitational in Tampa…Larry Shyatt’s first game as Clemson coach will be on a Friday the 13th, against Arkansas Pine Bluff on November 13th, one day after Clemson meets Georgia Tech in a Thursday evening football game at Death Valley…the November 13th start is the earliest season opener in school history…Clemson has 29 regular season games, 16 in the ACC and 13 non-conference…eight of the 13 non-conference games are in Littlejohn Coliseum…16 of the 29 regular season games are in Littlejohn…Clemson plays all 13 of its non-conference games consecutively to open the season, then finishes with 16 straight league games…each of Clemson’s last 17 games will be on television…that includes the first ACC game, at North Carolina on January 2, which will be televised by CBS…each of the last three Clemson coaches have won their first ACC road game against a top 10 opponent…Clemson has at least eight games on CBS, ESPN or ESPN-2…the final home game for Clemson’s five seniors will be on Sunday, February 28th at 1:30 PM against Georgia Tech…it will be the second straight year that Georgia Tech has been Clemson’s “Senior Night” game…Clemson has two games in the new Bilo Center in Greenville, consecutive games against Furman and Illinois…the Furman game on December 26th marks Clemson’s first game in history on the day after Christmas…this will be the first time in history that Clemson has had three games prior to November 20th…this is Clemson’s fifth trip to Hawaii in history…the Tigers are a combined 9-2 in the Aloha State over the years, including the championship of the 1980 Rainbow Classic, Clemson’s only regular season tournament title in an eight-team tournament…the ACC has returned to playing league teams in order in the first half and the second half of the season…in other words Clemson will not play a team twice before it plays another team once…the Tigers have one weekend off during the ACC schedule, the January 30-31 weekend, which will give the Tigers a week to prepare for the North Carolina game in Littlejohn Coliseum on Feb. 4th…this is the first time since 1986-87, Clemson’s winningest season in history, that the Tigers will not play a regular season game in the month of March…the ACC tournament returns to Charlotte Coliseum for the first time since the 1994 tournament…Clemson won three tournament games in the five year run for the event in Charlotte Coliseum between 1990-94.

Clemson Men’s Basketball Schedule, 1998-99

Date     Day   Opponent             TV                 TimeNov.  4  Wed.  California All-Stars (exhibition)       7:00 PMNov.  9  Mon.  Yugoslavia National Team (exhibition)   7:00 PMNov. 13  Fri.  ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF                     7:00 PMNov. 16  Mon.  STETSON                                 7:00 PMNov. 19  Thu.  WESTERN CAROLINA                        7:00 PMNov. 23  Mon.  !Michigan                               4:30 PMNov. 24  Tue.  !Syracuse or Chaminade                  TBANov. 25  Wed.  !Kansas St, Indiana, Ariz St, or Utah   TBANov. 30  Mon.  RADFORD                                 7:00 PMDec.  3  Thu.  EAST TENNESSEE STATE                    7:00 PMDec. 12  Sat.  UNC ASHEVILLE                           7:00 PMDec. 16  Wed.  at South Carolina                       7:30 PMDec. 21  Mon.  SOUTH CAROLINA STATE                    7:00 PMDec. 26  Sat.  #Furman                                 1:30 PMDec. 29  Tue.  #Illinois           *ESPN               7:30 PMJan.  2  Sat.  at North Carolina    CBS                2:00 PMJan.  5  Tue.  N.C. STATE           RJ                 8:00 PMJan.  9  Sat.  WAKE FOREST          RJ/ESPN-2          4:00 PMJan. 12  Tue.  at Florida State     RJ                 9:00 PMJan. 17  Sun.  at Virginia          RJ                 1:30 PMJan. 20  Wed.  DUKE                 ESPN               9:00 PMJan. 24  Sun.  MARYLAND             RJ/ESPN-2          4:00 PMJan. 28  Thu.  at Georgia Tech      RJ                 9:00 PMFeb.  4  Thu.  NORTH CAROLINA       RJ                 8:00 PMFeb.  6  Sat.  at N.C. State        RSN                4:00 PMFeb. 10  Wed.  at Wake Forest       RJ                 9:00 PMFeb. 14  Sun.  FLORIDA STATE        RJ                 4:00 PMFeb. 17  Wed.  VIRGINIA             ESPN-2             7:00 PMFeb. 20  Sat.  at Duke              RJ/ESPN-2          1:00 PMFeb. 24  Wed.  at Maryland          ESPN               7:00 PMFeb. 28  Sun.  GEORGIA TECH         RJ                 1:30 PMMar 4-7        @ACC Tournament

# at Bilo Center, Greenville, SC ! Maui Classic @ at Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, NC All times Eastern *ESPN–ESPN Regional; RJ-2 ACC Network and ESPN-2