It will be the first game of the four-day 53rd annual Tournament. Miami enters as the #8 seed, while Clemson is the #9 seed. The winner will face #1 seed Duke on Friday at noon. Clemson and Miami (FL) met just once this year and Miami (FL) defeated Clemson 62-38 in Miami (FL) on January 18. It was the largest margin of defeat for the Tigers all season and one of just two games this year that Clemson lost by more than 10 points.
Clemson enters the tournament with an 18-11 record, including
a 7-9 ledger in ACC play. The 18 wins are the most in the regular
season for a Clemson team since 1996-97 and the seven ACC wins are
the most since the 1997-98 season. Miami (FL) also has a 7-9 record
in the ACC and the Hurricanes have a 15-14 overall mark. Clemson has
won four of its last five, while Miami (FL) has won just one of its
"We have a lot of respect for the University of Miami," said
Clemson Head Coach Oliver Purnell. "They defeated us with a very
solid performance in Miami the one time we played this year. They
have a terrific group of guards in Anthony Harris, Guillermo Diaz
and Robert Hite, but their inside guys are very difficult to handle
also. They can defend and block shots. They play very well from a
team defense standpoint. It will be quite a challenge for us."
Clemson has a 5-4 advantage in the series, but Miami (FL) has
won the last four, including all three since the Hurricanes joined
the ACC prior to the 2004-05 season. Clemson's last win in the
series took place at Miami (FL) in December of 1995 by a 66-52 score
The Tigers enter the ACC Tournament off a three-game winning
streak and four wins in the last five games. It marks the first time
since 1964 that Clemson will enter the ACC Tournament on a three-game
ACC winning streak.
Clemson had a 1-1 record at the 2005 ACC
Tournament, a victory over Maryland and a loss to North Carolina, who
went on to win the National Championship.
Shawan Robinson is Clemson's top scorer entering the
tournament with a 12.6 average, including a 20.0 average over his
last five games. Vernon Hamilton is second on the club in scoring
with a 12.1 average, including a 24-point outing in Clemson's victory
over Georgia Tech on Saturday. Akin Akingbala, who has scored in
double figures in 10 of his last 11 games, has an 11.7 average and
leads the team in rebounding with a 7.8 average.
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