Tigers Face #18 Georgia Tech

Saturday's game will be Clemson's 10th against a team ranked in the top 25 of the AP poll entering the game. Clemson is 2-7 against Top 25 teams entering the Georgia Tech game. Tech is ranked 18th in AP and 20 in the Coach's poll.

Clemson on "Senior Day"
Clemson will have two seniors playing in their final regular season home game on Saturday afternoon when the Tigers face Georgia Tech for a Noon tip. It will be the final home game for scholarship senior Chris Hobbs and walk-on senior Beau Shay. Here are some notes on Clemson Senior Days:

* Overall, Clemson is 64-28 in the final regular season home game (Senior Day) over the years, a .703 winning percentage.

* One of Clemson's greatest upset victories in history took place on Senior Day in 1931. On Valentine's Day of 1931 Clemson upset Kentucky and first year head coach Adolph Rupp by a 29-26 score in the final home game of the season. That Kentucky team finished with a 15-3 record, and the Tigers finished just 6-7. Both teams were in the Southern Conference in those days.

* Clemson has had some other remarkable victories on Senior Days over the years. On February 28, 1970, 34 years ago to the day of Saturday's game, Butch Zatezalo scored 25 points on 11-20 shooting in a 105-94 Clemson victory over Wake Forest. That ended a nine-game losing streak for Clemson, including a 12-game losing streak in ACC games. Clemson also ended a nine-game losing streak two years later on Senior Day with a 59-40 victory over Duke.

* The most important victory on Senior Day for the Tiger program came in 1989-90 when Clemson defeated duke 97-93 to clinch at least a tie for the ACC Regular Season Championship. That is still the only ACC regular season crown in Clemson history. All-time leading scorer Elden Campbell was a senior in his final home game that day.

* Clemson is 14-7 over the last 31 years in "Senior Day" games against ACC teams, a 66.7 percent winning percentage. Clemson has won just 33 percent of its ACC games during that time span, so it does appear that "Senior Day" has a positive impact.

* Clemson has been very successful on "Senior Day" since the 1971-72 season. In that time, the Tigers are 25-7 in the final home game of the regular season. That record includes a couple of years when Clemson did not have a senior, most recently 1995-96.

* Last year, Clemson lost to NC State 63-60 on Senior Day. Clemson had five scholarship seniors last year led by All-ACC guard Edward Scott. Four of Clemson's seven "Senior Day" losses since 1972 have come to top 10 ACC teams. The only unranked teams to beat Clemson on "Senior Night" since 1972 are Georgia Tech (1993), Florida State (2001), and NC State last year. The Pack was not ranked, but did go on to the NCAA Tournament last year. That is the only time Clemson has faced NC State on Senior Day. Two years ago, Edward Scott had one of the finest performances in Clemson history on a "Senior Day" as he scored 36 points and had eight rebounds. However, it was not Scott's "Senior Day", as he was a junior for that game. Jamar McKnight was the only senior that year.

BASKETBALL FANS CAN DONATE TO CLEMSON STUDENT EMERGENCY FUND
Fans attending the Clemson-Georgia Tech basketball game on Saturday, February 28, at 12 noon in Clemson's Littlejohn Coliseum, can make a donation to the Clemson University Student Emergency Fund.

This fund will assist the 150 Clemson University students who were displaced by a fire on Wednesday evening at the University Ridge Apartments. Checks should be made payable to the "Clemson University Foundation", and earmarked for "Student Emergency Fund, will be collected at the Guest Services booth located on the concourse level in Littlejohn Coliseum.

The students do not need any clothing, however, the financial support will help them to replace computers, textbooks, etc... The Clemson Family appreciates everyone's support during the past three days.

Clemson vs. Georgia Tech on Senior Night
Clemson has an 8-2 record against Georgia Tech on Senior Day. The last time the two teams met on Clemson's Senior Day was 1998-99 season when Clemson won 92-64 over a Bobby Cremins coached Georgia Tech team. Senior Terrell McIntyre had 22 points and 10 assists, while senior Tony Christie had 16 points and 10 rebounds. His brother Chey is a junior starter on this Clemson team.

Clemson's last loss to Tech on Senior Day took place in 1992-93, a 66-59 Tech victory in Littlejohn Coliseum. Tech held Clemson senior and future NBA player Chris Whitney to 3-16 shooting, including 1-11 shooting from three-point land and posted the victory. Clemson had won the earlier meeting in the season at Tech, behind 20 points by Whitney, one of the few times the visiting team won both games in the series.

The Clemson record for points scored on a "Senior Day" by a senior is 37 by Garry Helms on Feb. 22, 1966 in a 106-90 Clemson win over Georgia Tech. That was the first time the two schools met on Clemson's Senior Day. He scored on 16-20 field goals (best ever by a Clemson player given a minimum of 20 attempts) and 5-6 free throws in his final home game in Fike Fieldhouse. That is still the most points ever in a game by a Clemson forward regardless of the special day or site.

The only other 30-point game by a Clemson senior on "Senior Day" took place in 1987 when Horace Grant had 30 points and 20 rebounds in an 88-77 victory over Georgia Tech. Greg Buckner came close in his last game, a 29-point performance in 1998, also against Georgia Tech.

Chris Hobbs Career Highlights
Here are some items of interest on Chris Hobbs, Clemson's only scholarship season who will be playing his final home game as a Tiger this Saturday:

* Captain of the 2003-04 Clemson team.

* Ranks 12th in Clemson history in career field goal percentage with a 53.4 mark (min. of 200 made field goals).

* Has shot at least 50 percent from the field all four years he has been at Clemson. On pace to become just the sixth player in Clemson history to make at least 50 percent of his field goal attempts for four straight years (given a minimum of 100 attempts each year). The other Clemson players who have shot at least 50 percent for four straight years are Colon Abraham (1974-78), Elden Campbell (1986-90), Dale Davis (1987-91), Horace Grant (1983-87), and Harold Jamison (1995-99).

* Ranked 11th in Clemson history in career rebounds with 668. He is in a Mahaffey sandwich on that list and probably will finish his career at #11. He is currently above Tommy Mahaffey (649) and Donnie Mahaffey (666) and below Randy Mahaffey (706) and Richie Mahaffey (707) on the all-time list.

* First Clemson player to play in three victories over North Carolina in a career since 1976-80 era when Bobby Conrad played in three wins over the Tar Heels.

* Had a streak of 41 consecutive games with at least one offensive rebound over the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons.

* Has 12 career double-doubles, only Scott May of North Carolina has more among active ACC players.

* Only player in Clemson history with a perfect 100 percent three-point shooting percentage. He is 1-1 from long range, a made three-pointer at South Carolina last year when he was actually attempting a lob pass to a teammate.

* Wears the #43 because it is Shaquille O'Neal's number backwards.

* Both his parents are North Carolina graduates.

Hobbs Has Played Well vs. Tech
Chris Hobbs will play his final home game as a Clemson Tiger when he participates against Georgia Tech on Saturday. Hobbs has had some success against the Yellow Jackets in his career.

Two years ago, on January 5, 2002, Hobbs, then a sophomore scored 25 points on 9-15 shooting and added 10 rebounds, including five offensive, in Clemson's 83-76 victory. That is still tied for the second highest scoring game of his 113-game Clemson career. It is one of his 12 career double-doubles. In fact, he has had just one 20-point scoring game since then, a 24-point effort later that sophomore season in a 118-115 win over Wake Forest.

For his career, Hobbs has averaged 8.2 points and 7.0 rebounds against Tech. He has made 21-44 shots from the field and 15-26 free throws. He has played seven games versus Tech, all in a starting role. He has two career double-doubles against Georgia Tech in Alexander. As a freshman in 2000-01 he had 10 points and 10 rebounds on 4-4 shooting in just 18 minutes in a Georgia Tech victory. Earlier this year in Atlanta he had seven points and seven rebounds in a seven-point Georgia Tech victory.

Five Tigers Have Had Big Games vs. Georgia Tech
While Chris Hobbs has played well against Georgia Tech over his career, Chey Christie, Olu Babalola, Shawan Robinson and Sharrod Ford have also had landmark games against the Yellow Jackets.

Last year, Christie had 25 points on 9-15 shooting (ironically the same shooting stats Hobbs had at Tech in 2002) to lead Clemson in scoring in a 69-67 win over Tech at Clemson. His nine field goals in that game are also a career high for the junior from Hartford, CT.

Babalola had 17 points on 7-9 shooting at Tech last year in a 10-point Tech win. It is the best field goal shooting game of Babalola's career. He has reached that point total just three times since then, including a 22-point effort against Wake Forest earlier this year.

Ford had 19 points and 13 rebounds at Georgia Tech earlier this year, one of his six double-doubles in his junior season. He made 9-11 free throws in that game, a career high, and had a career high seven offensive rebounds.

Robinson had 21 points in just 28 minutes at Georgia Tech in the first meeting this year. It is one of his three 20-point scoring games this year.

Thus, Clemson has four different players on its roster for Saturday's game who have had at least 19 points in a game against Georgia Tech and a fifth who has had his best career shooting night against the Yellow Jackets.

Tigers Looking for Third Win over Top 20 Team
Clemson will be looking for its third win over a top 20 team (AP or USA Coach's) when Georgia Tech comes to Littlejohn Coliseum on Saturday afternoon. The Yellow Jackets are ranked 18th by Associated Press and 20th by the ESPN Coach's poll this week. Clemson already has beaten a 12th ranked North Carolina team and a 13th ranked NC State team at Littlejohn Coliseum this year.

A third victory at home over a top 20 team would be quite an accomplishment, especially in a program under a first-year head coach. If Clemson defeats Georgia Tech on Saturday, this Clemson team would join just three other Clemson teams with at least three home wins over top 20 teams in the same season. Clemson has not had three home wins over top 20 teams since the 1979-80 season when Clemson had six top 20 wins at home, an all-time record. Clemson had three top 20 wins at home in the same year in 1974-75 and 1978-79.

As said above, Clemson already has two top 20 wins at home this year, the first time that has happened since 2001-02 when Clemson beat a fifth ranked Virginia team and a 17th ranked Wake Forest team that year.

As far as top 20 wins in a season regardless of site, a victory on Saturday would give Clemson three in a season for the first time since the 1996-97 season. Clemson had four top 20 wins that year, two over Maryland (home and away), a victory at a neutral site over third-ranked Kentucky, and a victory at home against Duke. Clemson also defeated a 25th ranked Virginia team in Charlottesville that year.

Saturday's game will be Clemson's 10th against a team ranked in the top 25 of the AP poll entering the game. Clemson is 2-7 against Top 25 teams entering the Georgia Tech game. Tech is ranked 18th in AP and 20 in the Coach's poll. This is the first time since the 2000-01 season that Clemson has played at least 10 top 25 teams in the same season. Clemson played a record 13 top 25 teams that year. Clemson had a 1-12 record that year against top 25 teams. Ironically, the only win was over a #1 ranked North Carolina team.

This will be just the eighth time in history that Clemson has played 10 top 25 teams in the same season.

Tigers Looking for Third Win over Top 20 Team
Clemson will be looking for its third win over a top 20 team (AP or USA Coach's) when Georgia Tech comes to Littlejohn Coliseum on Saturday afternoon. The Yellow Jackets are ranked 18th by Associated Press and 20th by the ESPN Coach's poll this week. Clemson already has beaten a 12th ranked North Carolina team and a 13th ranked NC State team at Littlejohn Coliseum this year.

A third victory at home over a top 20 team would be quite an accomplishment, especially in a program under a first-year head coach. If Clemson defeats Georgia Tech on Saturday, this Clemson team would join just three other Clemson teams with at least three home wins over top 20 teams in the same season. Clemson has not had three home wins over top 20 teams since the 1979-80 season when Clemson had six top 20 wins at home, an all-time record. Clemson had three top 20 wins at home in the same year in 1974-75 and 1978-79.

As said above, Clemson already has two top 20 wins at home this year, the first time that has happened since 2001-02 when Clemson beat a fifth ranked Virginia team and a 17th ranked Wake Forest team that year.

As far as top 20 wins in a season regardless of site, a victory on Saturday would give Clemson three in a season for the first time since the 1996-97 season. Clemson had four top 20 wins that year, two over Maryland (home and away), a victory at a neutral site over third-ranked Kentucky, and a victory at home against Duke. Clemson also defeated a 25th ranked Virginia team in Charlottesville that year.

Saturday's game will be Clemson's 10th against a team ranked in the top 25 of the AP poll entering the game. Clemson is 2-7 against Top 25 teams entering the Georgia Tech game. Tech is ranked 18th in AP and 20 in the Coach's poll. This is the first time since the 2000-01 season that Clemson has played at least 10 top 25 teams in the same season. Clemson played a record 13 top 25 teams that year. Clemson had a 1-12 record that year against top 25 teams. Ironically, the only win was over a #1 ranked North Carolina team.

This will be just the eighth time in history that Clemson has played 10 top 25 teams in the same season.

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