2004-05 Basketball Schedule Announced

Clemson has four first-time opponents in Hampton, Ohio State, Norfolk State and East Carolina. The season opener is November 19 against Hampton. That will be the Friday evening prior to the Clemson vs. South Carolina football game, which will be played at Clemson this year.

Notes on the Clemson Schedule
  • Clemson has four first-time opponents in Hampton, Ohio State, Norfolk State and East Carolina. The season opener is November 19 against Hampton. That will be the Friday evening prior to the Clemson vs. South Carolina football game, which will be played at Clemson this year.
  • Clemson will meet Miami (FL), Virginia Tech and Boston College during the regular season, the three schools that will be joining the ACC over the next two years. The Miami (FL) and Virginia Tech games count in the conference standings this year and Boston College joins the league in 2005-06. Clemson has never lost to Miami (FL) and Boston College, a combined 8-0.
  • Clemson will play at Boston College the day after Thanksgiving (November 26) and that will be Clemson's first ever basketball game in the state of Massachusetts. Clemson has a perfect 8-0 record against teams from Massachusetts in its history, but all eight of the games have either been at Clemson or at a neutral site.
  • Clemson will be traveling to the Rainbow Classic for three games between December 21-23. This will be Clemson's fourth trip to the Rainbow Classic, its first since the 1993-94 season. Clemson has a 7-2 record in the Rainbow Classic in its three previous appearances, including a championship in 1980-81 when Clemson won three games by four points or less. Among the victories was a 58-57 win over Indiana, a Bob Knight coached team that won the National Championship that year. That is the only time Clemson has defeated the eventual national champion over the regular season. Clemson has an 11-3 record overall in games played in Hawaii over the years.
  • In addition to Clemson's first-round game against UAB in the Rainbow Classic, the other teams in the field are Indiana State, Long Beach State, Oral Roberts, Georgetown, Southern Cal, and Hawaii.
  • Clemson will play host to Ohio State in the ACC vs. Big Ten Challenge on December 4, a game that will be televised on ESPN2. This will be Clemson's first ever meeting with the Buckeyes. Clemson is 7-14 all-time vs. Big Ten teams, but the Tigers are 3-2 in the ACC vs. Big Ten Challenge.
  • Clemson has 16 games that are considered home games, including the Georgia game in the BiLo Center in Greenville. Clemson will have at least one game on every day of the week with the exception of Monday. Nine games are on Saturday, seven on Tuesday, seven on Wednesday, three on Friday, two on Sunday and one on Thursday.
  • There are 12 different tip times for the 29-games on the regular season schedule. The most common start time is 7:00 PM which occurs eight times. Clemson has just one 9:00 PM game, the North Carolina game on January 19. Seven of the 29 games start at 4:00 PM or earlier and would be considered day games. The Clemson at North Carolina game on Feb. 19 will have a 1:00 PM start and will be televised by ABC.
  • For the first time, ACC teams won't play each other on a home-and-home basis during the regular season. Clemson will play Virginia, NC State, Duke and Wake Forest just once this year. NC State and Wake Forest will come to Clemson and Clemson will play at Duke and Virginia. This will be the first time Clemson has not played in Raleigh since 1972-73 and the first time it has not played Wake Forest in Greensboro or Winston-Salem since the 1945-46 season.
  • Clemson has just two of its first seven ACC games at home, but will have a stretch of four consecutive ACC home games between January 29-Feb. 12. This will be the first time Clemson has had four straight conference home games since January 19-30, 1985.
  • In addition to the four straight ACC home games between January 29-Feb. 12, Clemson will play host to Georgia in Greenville on Feb. 16. That means Clemson won't have an overnight road trip between January 27 to Feb. 17, a stretch of 22 consecutive days.
  • Clemson will have at least 18 games (including first round of the ACC Tournament) on live television. Four non-conference games and 13 conference games will be televised. All eight ACC home games will be on some type of television, but league games at Florida State, Virginia and Miami (FL) will not be aired.

  • Coach Oliver Purnell on the 2004-05 Schedule
    "Our pre-conference season is very challenging when you look at the likes of South Carolina on the road, Boston College on the road, Georgia at home in the Bi-Lo Center (Greenville, SC) and Ohio State at home in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. Those are obviously teams with a national profile who have excellent basketball programs. All of those teams will challenge us and help us prepare for conference play.

    "We also are playing a number of teams that will be good competition in Hampton, The Citadel, UNC Asheville and Charleston Southern. We are also competing in one of the most historically prestigious holiday tournaments in the Rainbow Classic in December. The is strong once again and we will open with UAB.

    "The ACC once again will be the premier league in the country. The addition of Virginia Tech and Miami (FL) will certainly create interest as well as with the new format. Overall, this year's schedule looks to be as tough as last year. Our young ball club is certainly looking forward to the challenge.

    "Our ACC schedule seems to be pretty consistent in terms of days off between contests. A Wednesday-Saturday format (predominately) will help us settle into a routine, and it will also be beneficial from an academic standpoint as the players will have a more set schedule and a routine to follow."

    Clemson Basketball Schedule 2004-05

    Date Day Opponent Time TV
    Nov. 6 (Sat.) Carson Newman (Exhib.) 7:00 PM
    Nov. 19 (Fri.) HAMPTON 8:00 PM
    Nov. 23 (Tue.) UNC-ASHEVILLE 7:00 PM
    Nov. 26 (Fri.) at Boston College 6:30 PM FSNS
    Dec. 1 (Wed.) OHIO STATE 7:30 PM ESPN2
    Dec. 4 (Sat.) at South Carolina 6:00 PM FSNS
    Dec. 11 (Sat.) CHARLESTON SO. 7:00 PM
    Dec. 14 (Tue.) NORFOLK STATE 7:00 PM
    Dec. 17 (Fri.) THE CITADEL 7:00 PM
    Dec. 21 (Tue.) #Alabama-Birmingham 11:00 PM
    Dec. 22 (Wed.) #Rainbow Classic TBA
    Dec. 23 (Thur.) #Rainbow Classic TBA
    Dec. 29 (Wed.) EAST CAROLNA 7:00 PM FSNS
    Jan. 2 (Sun.) at Duke 8:00 PM FSN
    Jan. 8 (Sat.) WAKE FOREST 4:00 PM RJ
    Jan. 12 (Wed.) at Florida State 7:00 PM
    Jan. 15 (Sat.) at Virginia Tech 12:00 PM RJ
    Jan. 19 (Wed.) NORTH CAROLINA 9:00 PM RJ
    Jan. 22 (Sat.) at Virginia 7:30 PM
    Jan. 26 (Wed.) at Miami (FL) 7:30 PM
    Jan. 29 (Sat.) NC STATE 1:30 PM RJ
    Feb. 1 (Tue.) MARYLAND 7:00 PM RSN
    Feb. 8 (Tue.) GEORGIA TECH 7:00 PM RSN
    Feb. 12 (Sat.) MIAMI (FL) 12:00 PM RJ
    Feb. 16 (Wed.) Georgia (at Greenville, SC) 7:30 PM
    Feb. 19 (Sat.) at North Carolina 1:00 PM ABC
    Feb. 22 (Tue.) at Maryland 8:00 PM RJ
    Feb. 27 (Sun.) FLORIDA STATE 2:00 PM RJ
    Mar. 1 (Tue.) VIRGINIA TECH 7:00 PM RSN
    Mar. 5 (Sat.) at Georgia Tech 1:30 PM RJ
    Mar. 10-13 ACC Tournament TBA TBA
    (At MCI Center, Washington, DC)

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