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Clemson Hoops Prepares for Duke

Feb. 16, 1998

The Matchup

Clemson vs. Duke Littlejohn Coliseum (11,200) Feb. 18 at 9:00PM

Starting LineupsNo  Clemson  (15-10, 5-7)               Pos NO  Duke  (23-2, 12-1, 2 AP, 2 USA) 5   Terrell McIntyre    5-9  170    Jr. G   12  Steve Wojciechowski 5-11 170 Jr.         (13.5 PPG.,  5.2 APG)                       (7.2  PPG,  4.5 APG)21  Greg Buckner        6-4  210    Sr. G   21  Trajan Langdon  6-3 195 Jr.        (16.6 PPG.,  4.2 RPG)                       ( 14.8 PPG, 2.8 RPG)55  Adam Allenspach     7-1  235    Fr. C   31  Shane Battier   6-8 225 Fr.        ( 2.3  PPG., 1.2 RPG )                       (7.7 PPG,  6.8 RPG)44  Tony Christie       6-6  210    Jr. F    4  Roshown McLeod  6-8 220 Sr.        ( 8.2  PPG., 1.9 RPG)                       (13.6 PPG, 5.6 RPG)33  Tom Wideman         6-10 240    Jr. F   20  Mike Chappell   6-8 195 So.         ( 4.9 PPG.,  5.3 RPG)                       (8.9 PPG  2.5 RPG)          Head Coach: Rick Barnes (Lenoir Rhyne 77)       Head Coach:  Mike Krzyzewski (Army '69)            71-44  at Clemson, 4th year         423-151  at Duke , 18th year            199-130 overall, 11th year          496-210  overall, 23rd year            4-3 vs. Duke                         26-10   vs. Clemson                    

Series Record: Duke leads 80-27 At Clemson: Duke leads 27-20At Littlejohn: Clemson leads 16-13 Last meeting: Duke 81, Clemson80 at Duke, 1-17-98 Last time at CU: Clemson won 86-82 (OT)Streaks: Duke has won 2 in row in series, Clemson has won 3 in rowat Clemson TV : ESPN (Mike Patrick, Dick Vitale) National Radio:Westwood One (Tony Roberts, Dick Tarrant)

Upcoming Clemson Games:

Feb. 21 at Virginia, 1:30 PM (ABC) Feb. 26 at N.C. State, 7:30PM (ESPN) Mar. 1 Georgia Tech, 12:30 PM (ABC)

Streaks and Notes

*Clemson point guard Terrell McIntyre has 20 assists and just one turnover in the last three games.

*Tiger guard Greg Buckner needs just two points to move into fourth place on Clemson’s career scoring history. He currently has 1649, one point behind Dale Davis. Wdenesday will be his 116th consecutive start.

*Harold Jamison has made 20 of his last 27 shots from the field over four games.

*Clemson has won each of its last two ACC games by at least 25 points, a first in Clemson history.

*Clemson’s 29-point victory (78-49) at Florida State was the largest victory margin in school history in an ACC road game.

*From the 8:30 mark of the second half of the Wake Forest game on Feb. 7 to the 5:37 mark of the first half at Florida State on Feb. 15th, Clemson did not allow an ACC team to score a field goal. That was a 22:43 stretch. Wake Forest and FSU were a combined 0-22 from the field and scored just 18 points.

*Clemson Coach Rick Barnes will be looking for his 200th career win as a Division I coach. He has 71 wins at Clemson, 108 at Providence and 20 at George Mason. A Tiger victory over Duke would tie for the highest ranked win of his career. He defeated a #2 ranked UCONN team in the 1994 Big East Tournament.

*Rick Barnes is 3-0 vs. Duke at Littlejohn Coliseum.

*Guard Terrell McIntyre needs just six assists to move ahead of Chris Whitney into fifth place in Clemson history for career assists. He has 349 entering the Duke game.

*Tony Christie needs just five three-point goals to become the fourth forward in Clemson history to make at least 50 three-point goals in a single season.

Clemson Scoring Up

Clemson coach Rick Barnes said in the preseason that he hoped to step up the tempo of his offense this year and that has been the case. Through 25 games, Clemson has a 72.4 scoring average, highest since Rick Barnes became head coach. Clemson scored just 64.1 a game in 1994-95, increased to 68 a game in 1995-96 and then to 68.2 last year. The Tigers are scoring 73.2 points a game in ACC play so far, eight full points per game higher than last years 65.1 figure.

Clemsons overall field goal percentage (.469) is also the best under Barnes. In fact, for the first time since he has been head coach at Clemson, the Tigers scoring statistics in league play are better than the overall stats.

Certainly, one area Clemson needs improvement is in free throw shooting. Clemson is at 60.7 percent for the year, last in the ACC. In the five games lost by five points or less in ACC play, Clemson is 69-110 from the line, 62.7 percent. Obviously, just two more made free throws at Duke and two more in the Jan. 31 NC State game (when Clemson was 14-28) would have given Clemson two more ACC victories.

    Clemson Stats in Rick Barnes era    Overall Games    Year    FG%     3Pt%    FT%     PPG    1994-95 .458    .356    .696    64.1    1995-96 .446    .339    .659    68.0    1996-97 .443    .310    .680    68.2    1997-98 .469    .347    .607    72.4        In ACC Games Only    Year    FG%     3Pt%    FT%     PPG    1994-95 .435    .354    .670    56.4    1995-96 .401    .313    .676    62.1    1996-97 .408    .278    .709    65.1    1997-98 .464    .328    .618    73.2 

Buckner Breaks Rollins Record

Clemson senior Greg Buckner established a school record for consecutive starts when he was on the court for the opening tip of the Clemson-NC State game on Jan. 31. It was his 111th consecutive start, breaking the record of Tree Rollins, who started 110 in a row between 1973-77.

At the time, Rollins total was a NCAA record. The NCAA record is not listed in this year’s book. Johnny Dawkinsand Mark Alarie of Duke had 133 consecutive starts in their respective careers between 1982-83 and 1985-86 and that is the ACC record. Buckner will not play enough games to catch them. He now has a streak of 115 in a row.

Buckner certainly will conclude his career as one of Clemson’s all-time greats. He has over 1500 points 500 rebounds and 200 assists. he has scored in double figures in 91 of his previous 115 games.

Clemson Men of Steal

When Rick Barnes was the head coach at Providence in 1989-90 his backcourt featured Carlton Screen and Eric Murdock. Murdock ended his career as the NCAA’s career leader in steals. Screen was also among the best in the nation and together they were known as the