Clemson - Miami Game Notes

The Tigers travel to Coral Gables Wednesday night to face Miami.

* Vernon Hamilton is coming off a week in which he had a career high 21 points in the victory over Wake Forest, followed by a career high 31 points in the loss to #1 Duke. For the year, Hamilton is now shooting 50.3 percent from the field. One one Clemson starting guard has shot 50 percent or better from the field since the 1987-88 season. It was also the most points by a Tiger in the Oliver Purnell era.

* As a team, Clemson shot 54.1 percent from the field, the best percentage against Duke since the 2003 ACC Tournament (90 games ago) when Virginia made 57 percent of its shots. Clemson shot 54 percent from the field, committed just 13 turnovers and won the rebounding by seven in the loss to Duke. The problem was free throw shooting as the Tigers made just 6-21 charity tosses for 28.6 percent, worst by a Clemson team in nearly four years.

* Shawan Robinson scored 17 points and made three three-point goals against Duke. He moved into third place on Clemson's career three-point goal list in the process, moving past Chris Whitney. Robinson now has 170 for his career, three ahead of Whitney's total between 1991-93. Robinson needs 27 points to reach 1000 for his career.

* Clemson has a +3.29 urnover margin, fourth best in the ACC and a figure that would rank third best in Clemson history for a season. Clemson is forcing 18.9 turnovers per game, second best in the ACC and at a pace to rank fourth best in Clemson history over a season. Clemson's 11.06 steals per game rank ahead of the single season record of 10.89 set in 1976-77.

* Miami (FL) swept Clemson in a pair of close games last year. The Hurricanes won by four in Miami and by six at Clemson. Still, Clemson has a 5-3 lead in the series.

* Clemson has lost four games this year by a total of 24 points with no loss being more than 10 points. The most Clemson has trailed at any point of any game this year is 12 against Elon.

* Clemson ranks in the top 25 in the nation and leads the ACC in both blocked shots (21) and steals (5). Clemson was the only team in the nation to rank in the top 20 of both categories last season.

* Clemson also leads the ACC in offensive rebounds per game at 15.0. The leader in that area is Akin Akingbala, who ranks seventh in the ACC.

* Clemson 6-5 freshman K.C. Rivers is averaging 5.5 rebounds per game, second best among ACC freshmen. He is also fifth in assists per game among league rookies.

* Hamilton leads the ACC in steals with 2.59 percent. He has more steals than fouls (44/40) this year. Top Stories