GAMEDAY SETUPNo. 20/18 CLEMSON (25-9, 11-7 ACC) vs. No. 4/3 KANSAS (29-7, 13-5 BIG 12)Date: Friday, March 23Tipoff: 7:09 p.m. ETArena: CenturyLink Center (17,535)Radio: CTN (Don Munson-pbp; Terrence Oglesby -color)TV: CBS (Jim Nantz-pbp; Bill Raftery and Grant Hill-color; Sideline-Tracy Wolfson)
• This will be the first meeting between Clemson and Kansas in men’s basketball. Clemson has an 11-9 record against teams from the Big 12.• Clemson beat Auburn in the Round of 32 by 31 points, its largest margin of victory in history in an NCAA Tournament game and in any game against a ranked opponent.• Clemson was seeded 5th and Auburn 4th entering the game. The 31-point win was the third largest victory margin by an underdog (seeding) since seeding began in 1979.• The .259 field goal percentage defense was the second best in the Brad Brownell era.
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TIGER TRACKS• Clemson tied a program record for wins in a season with 25 when it trounced Auburn by 31 points in the Round of 32 on March 18.• The victory sends Clemson to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1997.• This is the second time in three years that Clemson has beaten at least four ranked teams in the same year. The Tigers had four in 2015-16, all at the Bon Secours Arena in Greenville when Clemson was having Littlejohn Coliseum renovated.• This will be Clemson’s second men’s basketball game in the city of Omaha. The Tigers played at Creighton on December 15, 1962. The Tigers lost that game, 87-67, under head coach Bobby Roberts.• Gabe DeVoe made eight three-point goals in the two games in San Diego and now has 83 for the season. That stands eighth best in Clemson history for a season. The native of Shelby, NC ranks sixth in the ACC in three-point goals made per game and he is fifth in percentage at .399 after hitting 83 of 208.
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