Clemson - Maryland Game Notes

* Clemson will meet Maryland in the first round of the ACC Tournament, the first time Clemson has played the Terps in the tournament since the 1997 event. Like this season, Clemson had swept the regular season series in 1996-97. However, the Tigers lost to Maryland in the ACC Tournament. Clemson is 1- 9 lifetime against Maryland in the ACC Tournament with the only victory coming in 1964 when Clemson was the #3 seed.

* Clemson is 3-3 in ACC Tournament games when it swept the opponent in the regular season. Clemson enters the ACC tournament having won three of its last four conference games. This is the first time Clemson has entered the ACC Tournament having won three of four since 1993. Sharrod Ford has averaged 21.3 points and 10.3 rebounds to go with 31 of 49 field goal shooting over the last four games. He scored 49 points, had 24 rebounds, shot 19-28 from the field and had 11 blocked shots in two games vs. Maryland this year.

* Clemson was 4-4 in the second half of the ACC season. No Clemson team has had a better second half record since the league went to a 16-game format in 1991-92. Only North Carolina, Duke and Wake Forest had a better second half record than Clemson this year.

* Clemson scored 88 points and 97 points in the two games with Maryland this year. It marked the first time Clemson had ever scored at least 88 points in two games against Maryland in the same year, the first time Clemson had done that against any ACC opponent since the 1986-87 season.

* Clemson has already won five more games this year than it did last year. That is the fourth best oneseason victory improvement in the last 52 years for the Clemson program.

* In two games against Maryland this year Shawan Robinson made 13-20 shots from the field, including 8-12 three-point shots. He averaged 19.5 points a game in the two contests.

* Through games of Feb. 28, Clemson was the only team in the nation in the top 20 in blocked shots (19th) and steals (12th).

* Sam Perry scored 22 points in two games this year against Maryland. The freshman scored just 61 points in 16 ACC games for the season.

* Clemson Head Coach Oliver Purnell won two conference tournaments at previous coaching stops. He won the Colonial Athletic Conference Tournament in 1992 as Old Dominion Head Coach and won the Atlantic 10 Tournament in 2003 as the head coach at Dayton.

* Clemson has never won the ACC Tournament and been to the finals just once, 1962.

Clemson vs. Maryland Series
* Maryland holds an 84-44 lead in the series with Clemson. But, Clemson had a sweep this year, a 88-73 win at Clemson and a 97-93 win at College Park. Prior to this year, Maryland had won 13 straight in the series.

* Clemson holds a 32-25 lead in games played in Clemson, including a 19-18 lead in games played at Littlejohn Coliseum. The Tigers have won nine games in history in College Park, six of them in Cole Field house. The Terps have dominated the series in College Park, winning 49 of the 58 games. Clemson ended a seven-game losing streak in College Park earlier this year with a 97-93 victory.

* Clemson had lost 13 straight prior to this year when Clemson swept Maryland for the first time since 1996-97. Nine of those 13 losses were by double digits, so Maryland had dominated the series from 1998-99 through 2003-04.

* Clemson swept Maryland in the regular season in 1996-97, a season in which the Tigers finished eighth in the final ESPN/USA Today Coach's poll, the highest final ranking in Clemson history. Both wins were over top 20 Maryland teams, the only time in history Clemson has defeated the same top 20 team twice in the same year. Clemson then lost to Maryland by 15 points in the ACC Tournament, denying Clemson of a three-game sweep of the Terps.

* The Tigers won four out of five against Maryland between the last meeting of 1995-97 and the first meeting in 1997-98, all when Rick Barnes was Clemson's head coach.

* The last time Clemson won a game over a ranked team on the road was at Maryland (1996-97), when the Terps were ranked 11th in the nation. Clemson has lost 31 straight games against ranked teams on the road since that win at Maryland in 1996-97. Greg Buckner scored 16 points and Terrell McIntyre added 13 to lead Clemson to its 67-63 victory at the 11th ranked Terps. Clemson made 27-53 shots from the field for 51 percent, while Maryland was at 48 percent, but made just 2-14 from three-point range. Keith Booth, now an assistant coach at Maryland, led the Terps with 16 points, while Laron Profit had 14 points and seven steals.

* Four years ago the two teams met at Clemson and it was a high scoring affair. Maryland held a 59-56 lead at halftime before winning, 104-92. Clemson made 13 three-point goals in that game, led by Will Solomon who made seven threes and scored 32 points.

* Clemson defeated a top 20 Maryland team in Cole Fieldhouse twice. In the 1975-76 season, Bill Foster's first at Clemson, the Tigers downed Maryland 82-77 in one of the most shocking upsets in Clemson history. Maryland was ranked second in the nation entering the game and it is still the highest ranked road win in school history. It was just Foster's second ACC game as Clemson head coach. One of the scores for Clemson in the contest was a behind-the-back shot from the foul line during regular play, by Tiger guard Greg Coles. Tree Rollins, then a junior, had a significant hand in that Clemson win.

* Clemson's wins in Cole Fieldhouse took place in 1961-62 (75-68), 1965-66 (81-69), 1975-76 (82-77), 1986-87 (80-79), 1992-93 (81- 73) and 1996-97 (76-70). Clemson also won in College Park in 1939-40 (48-30) and 1949-50 (60-55). Clemson won at the Comcast Center for the first time this year, 97-93 on Feb.22. Clemson vs. Maryland in 2004-05.

Clemson vs. Maryland in 2004-05 Notes of Interest
* Clemson scored at least 88 points in each game vs. Maryland this year. It was the first time Clemson has scored at least 88 points in two games in the same year against Maryland. It was the first time Clemson has done that against an ACC team since the 1986-87 season when Clemson scored at least 88 in a pair of wins over Virginia.

* Clemson shot at least 50 percent from the field in both games against the Terps, the only two ACC games this year that Clemson made at least half of its field goal attempts. Clemson shot a combined 66-123 from the field in the two games, a .537 percent. That includes 15-30 from three-point range.

* Clemson won the points off turnover stat in both games, 15-11 in the first game and 22-18 in the second. Clemson had a postive turnover margin against Maryland just twice in the last 14 games against Maryland entering this year.

* In the 80 minutes played between the two teams this year, Clemson trailed for a total of 11 seconds.

* Both games Clemson got off to a good start. Clemson had a 10-0 lead to open the game at Clemson, and a 10-2 lead to open the game at College Park.

* Clemson had 17 blocked shots in the two games against Maryland, including 13 in College Park. It was the most blocked shots in an ACC road game in Clemson history. Ford had nine of those blocks, a school record for an individual in an road game.

* Sam Perry scored just 61 points in 16 ACC games this year, but 22 came against Maryland.

* Sharrod Ford had quite a stat line in two games against Maryland this year. The senior from Suitland, MD scored 49 points, had 24 rebounds, 11 blocked shots and shot 19-28 from the field.

* Shawan Robinson averaged 19.5 points per game in the two games with Maryland this year in just 26.5 minutes per game. He was 13-20 from the field, including 8-12 on three-point shots.

* Clemson's perimeter defense held John Gilchrist to 7-28 shooting from the field in the two games combined. Maryland shot 40.1 percent as a team in he two games, including 10-34 on three-point shots.

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