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Tigers to Open Play vs. Georgia Tech in First Round of 2009 ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament

Tigers to Open Play vs. Georgia Tech in First Round of 2009 ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament

March 10, 2009

Complete Game Notes

Postgame Press Conference Free, Live on ACC Select!

Game Setup Event: 56th Annual ACC Tournament Site: The Georgia Dome Date: Thursday, March 12, 2009 City: Atlanta, GA Time/TV: 2:30 PM RAYCOM (Tim Brant, Dan Bonner) Radio: Clemson Tiger Radio Network (Pete Yanity, Tim Bourret) Rankings: Clemson – #17 in AP, #18 in USA/ESPN, #19 RPI, #34 strength of schedule

Series History Overall: Tech leads 57-56 In ACC Tournament: Tech leads 2-0 at Tech: Tech leads 40-18 at Clemson: Clemson leads 38-15 at Neutral: Tech leads 2-0 First Meeting: Clemson 26-22, in 1912-13 Earlier in 2009: 1-15-09 Clemson 73-59 at Clemson; 2-22-09 Clemson 81-73 at Tech Last Tech Win: 3-6-08, 80-75 at Tech Streak: Clemson won 2 in row, 6 of 8 Last ACC Tournament Matchup: 3/13/93, Tech 69-61 at Charlotte

Quick Facts • Clemson enters the ACC Tournament with a 9-7 ACC record the second straight year Clemson has had a winning season in ACC play. This is the first time since the 1965-66 and 1966-67 seasons that Clemson has had back to back winning seasons in league play.

• Clemson will face a Georgia Tech team the Tigers have beaten twice this year in Tech’s hometown of Atlanta. Clemson was in this situation in 2005 when it faced Maryland in Washington, DC after beating the Terps twice in the regular season. Clemson won that ACC Tournament game as well.

• This is just the third time Clemson has played Georgia Tech in the ACC Tournament and the Jackets have a 2-0 lead, wins in 1986 and 1993.

• Trevor Booker is the only ACC player averaging a double-double this year in ACC games.

• Clemson has reached the championship game of the ACC Tournament just twice, 1962 and 2008.

• Trevor Booker both made first-team All-ACC tournament in 2008, helping the Tigers to the championship game. Rivers scored 28 points in the title game loss to North Carolina.

• Demontez Still scored a career high 21 points in Clemson’s last regular season game against Wake Forest. He made a career high 8 field goals.

• A victory over Georgia Tech would give Clemson 11 wins away from home, tying a school record. The 1996-97 team won 11.

• K.C. Rivers scored 21 points at Wake Forest and moved into sixth place on Clemson’s scoring list with 1660 points.

• Trevor Booker had 18 points and 10 rebounds against Wake Forest. Booker is averaging, 16.5 points, 11.2 rebounds and is shooting 71-118 (.602) from the field over the last 11 games.

• Trevor Booker has 203 career blocked shots, second in ACC history among players 6-7 or shorter. Only Derrick Lewis (Maryland, 1985-88) has more among players 6-7 or shorter with 339.

• Clemson has 72 wins over the last three years, third best among ACC teams and just three less than Duke (75).

• Clemson is 13-0 this year when it has more assists than turnovers. Clemson has won the points off turnover stat in 23 of the 30 games this year.

• Trevor Booker leads the ACC in field goal percentage and rebounding. He is attempting to become the first ACC player to do that in the same year since Wake Forest’s Tim Duncan in 1996-97. He is attempting to be the first underclassman to do it since Clemson’s Dale Davis in 1989-90.

• Clemson is two wins short of its season record of 25 set in 2006-07 and 1986-87.