In addition to 18 consecutive ACC games to conclude the regular season, Clemson's non-conference schedule will include games against Arkansas and Auburn, as well as a trip to Charleston, SC for the Charleston Classic in November.
In addition to the annual rivalry tilt with the University of South Carolina, the
Tigers will open home-and-home series this season against regional Southeastern
Conference opponents Arkansas and Auburn. Clemson has played Arkansas just once in
its history, in 1961-62. The game date and location between the Tigers and
Razorbacks will be announced at a later time.
The two Tiger teams will play at Auburn Arena on Thursday, Dec. 19. Clemson has
played Auburn 25 times, with the SEC Tigers holding a 14-11 all-time series
advantage. The last meeting between the two was in the 1993 NIT, when Cliff Ellis
was coaching at Clemson. Ironically, he would later be the head coach at Auburn
from 1994-2004. Ellis is now at Coastal Carolina, and he will bring the
Chanticleers to Littlejohn Coliseum for a game at Clemson on Nov. 29.
The game with South Carolina was moved up several weeks from the first weekend of
December slot it had occupied the last several years. The two teams will meet on
Sunday, Nov. 17, the third game of the season for the Tigers. Clemson will open the
2013-14 season at home on Friday, Nov. 8 against Stetson, followed by a Nov. 13
contest at home against Delaware State.
Following the South Carolina game, Clemson will travel to the Charleston Classic on
Nov. 21-24 to compete in the opening round of that event against Temple, who has
advanced to each of the last six NCAA Tournaments. Clemson and Temple actually met
in the 2008 championship game of the inaugural Charleston Classic, with the Tigers
prevailing 76-72. The winner will advance to face the winner of the Davidson vs.
Georgia game on Nov. 22.
"It's great to have several regional games on the schedule," Head Coach Brad
Brownell said. "Obviously we play South Carolina earlier this year, but with games
against Arkansas and Auburn and a chance to play either Davidson or Georgia, that
can create a lot of interest for our fans and allow us to play good, quality teams
from our region."
After the Tigers play at Auburn on Dec. 19, Brownell's team will have just one game
(vs. VMI at home on Dec. 30) before beginning regular season ACC play on Jan. 4 at
Boston College. Duke comes to Tigertown on Jan. 11, the back end of a two-day
turnaround at home for the Tigers.
Following a Jan. 18 home against Wake Forest, Clemson will play five of its next six
games on the road. Four of the five teams played in the NCAA Tournament last
season, and three will be against teams new to the ACC in 2013-14. Clemson plays at
Pittsburgh on Jan. 21, at Syracuse on Feb. 9 and at Notre Dame on Feb. 11.
Clemson will end the ACC regular season with three straight home games, starting
with a matchup against Maryland on Sunday, March 2. The final two games will be
against Miami (March 4) and Pitt (March 8). The last time Clemson ended the regular
season with three straight home games was in 1968-69.
"The ACC schedule will certainly be a challenge, but one we look forward to,"
Brownell said. "In particular, our players and coaches are excited by the
opportunity to play road games against our new members, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and
Clemson will play home-and-home ACC series with Florida State, Georgia Tech,
Pittsburgh and Wake Forest. The Tigers will play home games only against Duke,
Maryland, Miami, NC State and Virginia. Clemson will play road games only versus
Boston College, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Syracuse and Virginia Tech.
The 61st annual ACC Tournament will be held at the Greensboro Coliseum, March 12-16.
It will begin on a Wednesday, with three games scheduled for the opening round.
Thursday and Friday will continue to feature four games on both days at the
Note: Television designations and tipoff times have not yet been made for all
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