Nov. 19, 2009
Complete Game Notes
GAME SETUP Site: Greensboro Coliseum (7,617) Date: Friday, Nov. 20, 2009 City: Greensboro, NC Time: 7:00 PM TV: Fox Sports South (Rich Waltz – play-by-play, Dan Bonner – color) Web: ESPN360.com Radio: Clemson Tiger Sports Properties (Pete Yanity – play-by-play, Tim Bourret – color) Rankings: Clemson: #22 AP, #23 ESPN/USA Today
SERIES NOTES Overall: Clemson leads 1-0 at Clemson: Clemson leads 1-0 at Littlejohn: Clemson leads 1-0 at UNC Greensboro: None played at Neutral: None played First Meeting: Clemson, 88-62, in 1992-93 Last Meeting: Clemson, 88-62, in 1992-93
QUICK FACTS Clemson and UNC Greensboro will play for only the second time in series history on Friday. In the only previous meeting, Sharone Wright produced a triple-double, one of four in school history. He had 21 points, 15 rebounds, and 10 blocked shots in the Dec. 12, 1992 game.
The Tigers are currently riding a school record 10-game non-conference winning streak in road games. The streak dates to Nov. 12, 2006 when Clemson pulled out a 74-70 victory at Old Dominion. Clemson’s 10-game streak is tied for longest in the ACC with North Carolina.
Clemson is coming off a 79-39 win over Liberty on the road. It was Clemson’s largest margin of victory in a road game since a 114-69 win at The Citadel on Feb. 6, 1956.
The Tigers have won both of their games this season by 40+ point margins. The last time Clemson won consecutive games by over 40 points was in 1986-87, when Cliff Ellis’ team actually won three straight games by such a margin.
The Spartans enter Friday’s contest with an 0-2 record, but played Virginia Tech close in Blacksburg in their last game out. The Spartans have a tough schedule, with four ACC teams coming to Greensboro and six games against ACC teams overall. Both of UNCG’s losses have come to ACC foes, Duke and Virginia Tech.
For the first time ever, UNCG will play all of its home games at the Greensboro Coliseum. The facility will also give Clemson’s players a glimpse of the ACC Tournament venue. None of Clemson’s current players have played a collegiate game in the coliseum. The last time the Tigers played at the Greensboro Coliseum was in the 2006 conference tournament.
Clemson has an overall record of 96-15 in its history during the month of November. Under Head Coach Oliver Purnell, the Tigers have won 28 consecutive games dating to his second year with the program (2004-05). Clemson was 5-0 in November of 2005, 8-0 in 2006, 6-0 in 2007, and 7-0 last November.
Clemson ascended to No. 22 in the Associated Press poll and No. 23 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches’ poll. Five teams from the ACC were ranked in the AP poll.
Clemson has five announced sellouts so far for the 2009-10 season, including four conference games. Tilts against South Carolina (Dec. 6), Boston College (Jan. 9), North Carolina (Jan. 13), Duke (Jan. 23) and Virginia (Feb. 20) are officially sold out.
David Potter is coming off a career-high 17-point game against Liberty. The senior forward hit 5-6 three-point goals and 6-7 shots overall. Potter’s previous career high was 12, in his very first game against Arkansas State in 2006.
Trevor Booker had his first double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds at Liberty, the 22nd of his career. He leads all active ACC players in double-doubles, as well as rebounds (812) and blocked shots (207).
Andre Young ranks first in the ACC in steals per game (4.5), and Clemson’s average of 19 per game is tops in the league.
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