Maryland - Clemson Game Notes

Clemson will battle Maryland this evening in Littlejohn Coliseum.

* Clemson senior Sharrod Ford had his 18th career double-double in the loss to NC State when he had 19 points and 10 rebounds. It was his second consecutive double-double, as he had 20 points and 15 rebounds at Miami (FL) in the previous game. This is the fourth time in his career that he has had consecutive double-doubles. He has never had three in a row.

* Ford needs 28 points against Maryland to become the 29th player in Clemson history to score 1,000 points. It would be special for Ford to do it against the Terps because he is a native of Suitland, MD.

* Clemson freshman Cliff Hammonds had 17 points on 7-13 shooting, four assists and three rebounds against NC State in a team high 35 minutes. Hammonds also scored in double figures at Miami (FL) last week and has now made 11 of his last 22 shots from the field, including 6-15 on 3-point tries.

* Clemson finished the first half of the ACC schedule with a 1-7 record, the eighth straight year Clemson has been 2-6 or worse over the first half of the regular season ACC slate. But, Clemson had to play five of the first eight games on the road and two of the home games were against top six teams Wake Forest and North Carolina.

* Clemson has had five games come down to a three-point attempt within the last 10 seconds of the game. Clemson is 2-3 in this situation. All three losses have come within Clemson's last three road games. Clemson has lost four ACC road games by 16 total points. Last year Clemson lost eight ACC road games by an average of 16 points.

* Clemson has lost 13 consecutive games to Maryland, the second longest active streak by one ACC team over another. Last Wednesday, Florida State ended a 12-game losing streak against NC State. Clemson has not defeated Maryland since Rick Barnes was the coach of the Tiger program.

* Clemson must improved its field goal percentage defense if it is to end its five-game losing streak. NC State shot 63 percent from the field against the Tigers in the most recent game, the high field goal percentage by a Tiger opponent in the 48 games Oliver Purnell has served as Clemson coach. The Pack's 65 percent three-point marksmanship (13- 20) was a record for a Clemson opponent in Littlejohn Coliseum.

* Eleven of the last 13 Clemson games, the team that has won the first five minutes of the second half has gone on to win the game.

* Oliver Purnell served as an assistant coach at Maryland from 1985-86 through 1987-88. The Terps went to two NCAA Tournaments in those three years. Top Stories