Jan. 22, 2010
CLEMSON, SC – The popular weekly series ESPN College GameDay will be broadcast live from Littlejohn Coliseum on Saturday for the Clemson vs. Duke men’s basketball game. Doors open for the event at 8:30 AM Saturday, and the one-hour show will be held on the court live at 11 AM. The event is free to the public. A ticket to the game is not required for entry to College GameDay.
The show features ESPN personalities Rece Davis, Hubert Davis, Jay Bilas and Digger Phelps. The 11:00 show will broadcast live from center court at Littlejohn. Clemson is one of only eight schools in all of Division I to be chosen as a host site for College GameDay this season. The show debuted for the 2009-10 season last weekend for a women’s game in Storrs, CT, thus Saturday’s event will be the first men’s basketball GameDay broadcast of the season.
“I am looking forward to going to Clemson for College GameDay,” Phelps said. “Since we started the program five years ago, I thought Clemson could challenge any of the places we have visited. The support of the student body and their fans will challenge anything you see at Pauley Pavilion, Allen Fieldhouse or Cameron Indoor Stadium. Oliver Purnell has done a great job at Clemson. I will be there and ready to dance!”
Fans will enter the coliseum through the east gate only (Tiger statue side) and seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Promotional items will be given away, including t-shirts, hats and gift cards. One lucky fan will even have the chance to win $17,500 on a halfcourt shot.
Complete Game Notes
GAME SETUP Site: Littlejohn Coliseum Date: Saturday January 23, 2010 City: Clemson, SC Time/TV: 9:05 PM (ESPN, ESPN 360) (Dan Shulman, Dick Vitale, Erin Andrews) Radio: Clemson Tiger Radio Network (Pete Yanity, Tim Bourret) Rankings: Clemson: (16 USA, 17 AP); Duke (7 USA, 7 AP) Officials: TBA
SERIES HISTORY Overall: Duke leads 101-29 at Clemson: Duke leads 36-21 at Littlejohn: Duke leads 22-17 at Duke: Duke leads 57-4 at Neutral: Duke leads 8-4 First Meeting: Duke, 46-12 in 1925-26 Last game: Duke, 74-53 at Duke, 1-3-10 Last at Clemson: Clemson 74-47 in 2008-09 Streak: Clemson won two of three; Duke won 23 of 25
QUICK FACTS Clemson will be the site of ESPN College Game Day on Saturday morning. The broadcast begins at 11:00 AM from Littlejohn Coliseum. It will be the first time Gameday will be at Clemson for basketball. The football version originated from Clemson in October of 2006 for a Georgia Tech football game. Clemson will be the 16th school to play host to ESPN Gameday for both sports when the program airs on Saturday.
This will be the fourth top 25 team Clemson has played within the first six games of the ACC schedule and fifth game with a top 25 team this season. Clemson is 2-2 so far this year against top 25 teams, wins over ranked teams from Butler and UNC and losses to Duke and Georgia Tech.
Clemson Head Coach Oliver Purnell has 47 victories against ACC opponents in his seven years at Clemson. One more will move him into second place in Clemson history. He is currently tied with former Tigers coach Bill Foster (1975-84). Cliff Ellis holds the record with 59 ACC wins in his 10 years in charge of the program.
Over the last two years, Clemson has defeated Duke by 27 points and North Carolina by 19 points in Littlejohn Coliseum. It is the largest margin of defeat for Duke since 1990 and the largest margin of defeat for North Carolina since 2003.
Clemson is ranked in the top 20 in both polls this week, the 26th straight poll Clemson has been ranked in the top 25 by at least one of the major polls. This is the second longest streak of top 25 rankings in Clemson history.
Trevor Booker has averaged 19.8 points a game over his last four games and has shot 61 percent from the field. Booker is the leader among active ACC players in career double-doubles (28), rebounds (951) and blocks (230). He is third in scoring with 1535.
Three of the top four active career scorers in the ACC will be in Littlejohn Coliseum on Saturday night. Jon Scheyer and Kyle Singler of Duke are also in the top four.
Duke defeated Clemson by 21 points in the first meeting at Durham. Twenty-five times over the years Clemson has lost the first game of a season series on the road by at least 18 points, then came back to gain victory at Clemson in the second meeting.
Clemson is 13-1 this year when it wins points off turnovers and 14-0 when it wins points in the paint. The Tigers are also undefeated when they shoot at least 40 percent from the field (15-0).
Demontez Stitt has averaged 14.2 points a game vs. ACC teams and has shot 49 % from the field.
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