March 13, 2008
Complete Game Notes
Clemson tied a school record for ACC wins with 10 when it defeated Virginia Tech on March 9. The 1986-87 and 1989-90 Clemson teams also won 10 in the regular season. The school record for conference wins in a season is 11 set by the 1951-52 team that finished 11-4 in the Southern.
Clemson has the number-three seed for the ACC Tournament, Clemson’s highest seed since 1990 when Clemson was the number-one seed for he only time in its history. That 1990 Tournament was played in Charlotte.
Clemson has a 3-11 record in ACC Tournament games in Charlotte. One of the wins was an upset of #2 seed Florida State in 1993.
This is just the 12th time Clemson has been a top four seed and just the seventh time it has been a top 3 seed. This is the first time Clemson has had a bye in the first round since the league went to at least 11 teams.
K.C. Rivers was a second-team All-ACC selection and Cliff Hammonds made third team this year. It is the first time Clemson has had two All-ACC players on the same team since 1998 when Greg Buckner was second team and Terrell McIntyre was third team.
Clemson has not been to the NCAA Tournament in 10 years. The last time was 1998 when Clemson lost in the first round to Western Michigan under Head Coach Rick Barnes. Clemson went to the Sweet 16 in 1997.
This Clemson senior class has a record of 82-48. The 82 wins rank second in school history behind the 84 wins recorded by the 1989-90 seniors. This senior class has the record for ACC road wins with 10 and is tied for second in ACC wins with 29.
This year’s Clemson team did not lose consecutive ACC games all year. It is the first Clemson team in its 55 year ACC history that has gone through the league schedule without suffering back to back losses.
Cliff Hammonds made first-team Academic All-ACC and third-team All-ACC on the court this year. He is the first Clemson player to make an All-ACC team and earn Academic All-ACC honors in the same year since 1967 (Randy Mahaffey and Jim Sutherland).
Since down-sizing and then eliminating the protective brace on his broken left hand on Feb. 27, James Mays has shot 23-41 from the field, scored 56 points, had 27 rebounds and six steals in four games.
In each of Clemson’s last two wins a freshman has scored the winning points inside the last four seconds. Terrence Oglesby hit a three-point goal with 2.3 seconds left to win at Maryland and Demontez Stitt scored two free throws with 3.8 seconds left to beat Virginia Tech.
K.C. Rivers and Cliff Hammonds are two of the top five 3-point goal scorers in Clemson history.
Clemson has been to the ACC Championship game just once, losing to Wake Forest and point guard Billy Packer in 1962.
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