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Men’s Hoops Battles Yellow Jackets

Mar. 1, 1998

SITE: Littlejohn Coliseum (11,200) TIME: March 1, 1998 12:30 PM

Starters    No  Clemson  (16-12, 6-9)           Pos     NO  Georgia Tech  (17-11, 6-9)      5   Terrell McIntyre    5-9 170 Jr. G       11  Travis Spivey   6-3 190 Fr.        (14.0 PPG., 5.1 APG)                        (5.6  PPG,  4.7 APG)    21  Greg Buckner    6-4 210 Sr.     G       5   Dion Glover 6-5 220 Fr.        (16.2 PPG.,  4.1 RPG)                       ( 18.5 PPG, 5.2 RPG)    55  Adam Allenspach 7-1 235 Fr.     C       4   Alvin Jones 6-11    230 Fr.        (2.3  PPG., 1.3 RPG )                        (6.6 PPG,  6.5 RPG)    44  Tony Christie   6-6 210 Jr.     F       24  Michael Maddox  6-9 238 Sr.        (8.1  PPG., 1.9 RPG)                        (13.8 PPG, 6.8 RPG)    32  Harold Jamison  6-8 250 Jr.     F       15  Matt Harpring   6-8 233 Sr.         (10.0 PPG., 7.1 RPG)                        (22.0 PPG  9.7 RPG)         Head Coach: Rick Barnes (Lenoir Rhyne '77)      Head Coach: Bobby Cremins  (South Carolina '70)        72-46  (.610)  at Clemson, 4th year         324-201 (.617) at Tech, 17th year         200-132  (.602) overall, 11th year          424-271 (.610) overall, 23rd year        4-3 vs. Georgia Tech                        17-18  vs. Clemson           Game InfoSeries Record:      Tied at 45-45At Clemson:         Clemson leads 28-11At Littlejohn:      Clemson leads 21-4Last Meeting:       Georgia Tech won in Atlanta, 70-52Last at Clemson:    Clemson won last year 70-57Series Streaks:     Clemson has won 4 in row at  home                    Home team has won 18 of last 21 regular season meetingsTV :  ABC (Brent Musburger, Dick Vitale) Ticket Situation:   Sold outGame Time:  Please note 12:30 tipoffUpcoming Clemson Games:          March 5-8   --  ACC Tournament at Greensboro, NC    

Streaks and Notes *This will be the final home game for Clemson’s only senior, Greg Buckner. The native of Hopkinsville, KY needs 11 points to move past Horace Grant into third place on Clemson’s career scoring list, and 14 points to become the third player in Clemson history to reach the 1700 point mark.

*Tiger junior forward Harold Jamison, back in the starting lineup for the first time since December 6, has made 39 of his last 54 shots from the field, .722. He has had each of his top three scoring games of the season within the last five games and is averaging 14 points per game over his last six contests.

*Clemson closed out the month of February with a 4-3 record, its first winning month of February since the 1989-90 season.

*Clemson’s win at NC State was a landmark accomplishment. It was just the fifth time in 77 games that Clemson has gained a season split with an ACC opponent by winning on the road.

*The victory broke Clemson’s seven game losing streak in games decided by five points or less in ACC play.

*Clemson has a 6-9 ACC record, yet has scored 60 more points than the opposition in ACC play. Georgia Tech has the same 6-9 ACC record, but has been outscored by 21 points

*Tony Christie has 50 three-point goals for the season, just the fourth forward in Clemson history to reach the 50-mark. His 44% three-point shooting is 2nd in the ACC.

*A Clemson victory means the Tigers will play in the 4-5 game in the ACC Tournament.

*Clemson is seeking to make the NCAA Tournament for the third straight year, something that has never been done in school history.

Clemson Rankings This Week

Clemson entered the NC State game ranked 27th in the latest Sagarin ranking and 37th in the latest RPI. The Tigers were 22nd in the RPI heading into the Western Carolina game of Feb. 18.

Clemson’s strength of schedule ranks fourth in both computer rankings this week. Maryland has the toughest schedule in the nation according to the RPI and Florida State has the toughest according to the Sagarin rankings.

It is interesting to note that North Carolina has the highest ranking according to the RPI and Duke is number-one according to the Sagarin.