Georgia Tech - Clemson Game Notes

The Tigers are looking for back to back wins in the ACC.

* Clemson has had a week off to savor an 88-73 victory over 22nd ranked Maryland on Feb. 1. It broke a 13-game losing streak for the Tigers against Maryland, who was coming off consecutive wins over 2004 Final Four teams Georgia Tech and Duke.

* Sharrod Ford scored 25 points and had 10 rebounds in Clemson's win over Maryland, a special performance for the Tiger from Suitland, MD. It was Ford's third consecutive double-double, the first time he has done that in his career. If he gets a doubledouble against Georgia Tech he would be the first Tiger to have four in a row since Harold Jamison had four straight in 1998-99.

* Ford needs three points against Georgia Tech to reach the 1,000-mark for his career. When he does he will become the 29th player in Clemson history to reach that figure.

* Ford has averaged 21.3 points and 11.7 rebounds per game over his last three contests and has scored in double figures in 10 of his last11 games.

* Clemson scored half of its 88 points in the paint against Maryland. It was the most points scored in the paint by the Tigers all season.

* Freshmen, Cliff Hammonds, Sam Perry and James Mays all started in the win over Maryland. It was the first time since the 1996 NCAA Tournament game against Georgia that Clemson has started three freshmen in the same game.

Clemson's four freshmen combined for 27 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in the victory.

* Sam Perry was a big contributor to Clemson's win over Maryland with 14 points on 6-9 field goal shooting and a defensive effort that shut out Nik Caner- Medley in the first half. Perry had scored just 11 points in 8 ACC games entering the Maryland game.

* Shawan Robinson scored 22 points off the bench in the win over Maryland, the most points by a Clemson reserve since Jamar McKnight had 23 off the bench in a win over Elon in December of 2001.

* Clemson has beaten Georgia Tech in Littlejohn Coliseum more often than any other school. The Tigers have a 25-7 lead in the series in games played in the current home of the Tigers.

* Clemson has made considerable improvement in terms of turnovers in recent games. Clemson averaged 20.2 turnovers per game for its first five ACC games this season, but has averaged just 12.3 turnovers per game over the last four league games.

* Clemson's defense held Maryland to 39.1 percent field goal shooting, 18 percent on three-point shooting and an 8/16 assist/turnover ratio. That was the second best defensive figure against Maryland in a game this year.

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