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Tigers Face Georgia Tech in First Round of ACC Tournament Wednesday

Tigers Face Georgia Tech in First Round of ACC Tournament Wednesday

Game Information vs. Georgia Tech:
Who: No. 15 Clemson Tigers (11-18, 1-15 ACC) vs. No. 10 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (17-12, 6-10 ACC)
When: Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 3:30 p.m.
Where: Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, N.C.
Watch: RSN (Tom Werme & Debbie Antonelli)
Listen: Clemson Tigers Network/ (William Qualkinbush & Kelly Gramlich)
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Follow: Twitter & Instagram: @ClemsonWBB 

Clemson Team Notes:

– Clemson (11-18, 1-15 ACC) ended the regular season with a hard-fought loss, 61-55, to Wake Forest on Feb. 22 at Littlejohn Coliseum. Sophomore Kobi Thornton posted a double-double, with 17 points and 11 rebounds, and also added four blocked shots, to lead the Tigers in the contest. Junior Danielle Edwards and senior Alexis Carter were also in double figures in scoring with 17 and 12 points, respectively.

– Clemson leads the ACC and ranks 27th in the nation in three-point field goal percentage defense, holding its opponents to just 28.3% from behind the arc on the season.

– The Tigers rank fifth in the conference in scoring defense (60.3), just 4.3 points behind Louisville, who is first in that category.

– As a team, the Tigers rank third in the ACC in blocked shots (141) and blocked shots per game (4.9). The total blocked shots figure ranks 28th in the nation, while the per-game figure is 32nd nationally.

– Clemson ranks in the top half of the ACC in three other defensive categories: sixth in steals per game (8.6), seventh in total steals (248) and seventh in turnovers forced (16.8).

– The team finished nonconference play with a 10-3 record in 2017-18. In the past two seasons, the Tigers have a 21-5 (.808) record in nonconference play (11-2 in 2016-17 and 10-3 in 2017-18). It is the best two-year nonconference record for the program since the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons, when Clemson was 23-4 (.852) in two seasons.

– During the nonconference season, the Tigers won their Big Ten/ACC Challenge matchup, defeating Nebraska on the road by a score of 67-66 on Nov. 30. The Cornhuskers are now 20-9 overall, 11-5 in the Big Ten and are the No. 3 seed entering the Big Ten Tournament. In that game, junior Danielle Edwards scored a career-high 33 points in the game, shooting 9-for-15 (60%) from field goal range, 5-for-9 (55.6%) from three-point range and a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line.

Clemson Player Notes:

– Sophomore Kobi Thornton leads the Tigers in scoring overall and in ACC play. The 2017 ACC All-Freshman Team selection is averaging 11.1 points per game on the season, and 13.1 points per game in conference play. She also leads the team in rebounding on the season (6.8 per game) and in ACC play (6.3 per game).

– Thornton scored in double figures in 11 of the last 12 games, as well as in 12 of the Tigers’ 16 ACC games and in 16 games overall on the season.

– Thornton has registered double-doubles in the last two consecutive games, and has four double-doubles in ACC play and five on the 2017-18 season.

– Junior Danielle Edwards ranks second in scoring for the Tigers, averaging 9.3 points per game. She also leads the team in steals (77, 2.7 per game) and assists (65, 2.2 per game.)

– Edwards’ 77 steals rank second among all ACC players and 27th nationally, while her 2.7 steals per game put her at third in the conference and 36th in the nation.

– On Nov. 13, 2017, Edwards posted nine steals in the Tigers’ 56-48 win over South Carolina State, tying the Clemson record for steals in a single game. Four different players have recorded nine steals in a game previously for the Tigers, however, it had not been done in 30 years, when Ramona O’Neil picked up nine steals against Virginia on Feb. 14, 1987.

– The Tigers have two players in the top eight in the ACC in blocked shots. Thornton ranks fifth with 49 blocked shots and a 1.7 per game average, while freshman Tylar Bennett ranks eighth with 42 blocked shots and seventh with 1.5 blocked shots per game.

Clemson-Georgia Tech Series Information:

– Clemson leads the all-time series against Georgia Tech with a 44-37 record.

– Georgia Tech won both 2017-18 regular season meetings between the two teams, 66-33 in Atlanta on Dec. 31, 2017, and 60-48 at Littlejohn Coliseum on Feb. 4, 2018. In the game at Littlejohn, three Tigers scored in double figures, Kobi Thornton (12), Aliyah Collier(10) and Danielle Edwards (10.)

– The most recent Clemson win in the series came last season, on Jan. 29, 2017, when the Tigers edged Yellow Jackets 62-61 at Littlejohn Coliseum. Aliyah Collier posted an impressive performance, with 21 points and 12 rebounds, in that contest.

Clemson in the ACC Tournament Notes:

– Last season, the Tigers were the No. 13 seed in the 2017 ACC Tournament, and won their first-round game against No. 12-seed Virginia Tech, 67-66, before falling to No. 5-seed Louisville, 68-46, in the second round. In the first-round over the Hokies, Clemson had four players in double figures in scoring, Danielle Edwards (17), Nelly Perry (16), Kobi Thornton(13) and Aliyah Collier (10).

– The Tigers have won two ACC Tournament games under Head Coach Audra Smith, the 2017 win against the Hokies, as well as a first-round win in 2014, also against Virginia Tech, by a score of 69-56).

– Clemson has a 31-38 all-time record in the ACC Tournament, and the Tigers have won two ACC Tournament Championships in program history, in 1996 and 1999.