• Tuesday evening's game will be the first of three regular season games against SEC teams. This is the first time since 1968-69 that Clemson has played three SEC teams in the regular season against teams that were in the SEC at the time of the game. Clemson opened that season against Auburn, Alabama and LSU.
• Oliver Purnell is 3-3 against SEC teams since he
became Clemson head coach in 2003-04 and is 7-
7 in his 19-year head coaching career.
• Clemson has jumped out to a 5-0 start for just the
third time in the last 10 years. Clemson opened 11-
0 last year to tie for its second best start in school
history, and was 9-0 to open the 2002-03 season.
• Clemson is coming off a 30-point victory against
Appalachian State last Friday evening. K.C. Rivers
came off the bench to score a career high 24 points,
including a career high six three-point goals to lead
Clemson to the victory.
• Rivers has not started a game, but has been in
double figures in all five games so far this season,
the only Clemson player who can make that claim.
• This is the second all-time meeting between Clemson and Mississippi State on the basketball court. The
Tigers won the first meeting 59-32 in Houston, TX
in December of 1981. That game was played at
Hofheinz Pavilion in the consolation game of the
Christmas Kettle Classic.
• Freshman Trevor Booker had his best offensive
game of his young career in the win over Appalachian
State. The native of Union, SC scored 15
points in just 21 minutes thanks to 7-9 field goal
shooting. He also had four dunks, four rebounds
and three blocked shots. Booker leads the Clemson
and is eighth in the ACC in FG% at .676.
• Vernon Hamilton has 15 assists this season and
needs just six to reach 300 for his career. He just
went over the 300 mark in career rebounds last week
and now has 304 for his career.
• Clemson starting forward Sam Perry missed the
second half against Appalachian State with a mild
concussion, but he is expected to return for the Mississippi
State game on Tuesday evening.
• Mississippi State enters Tuesday's game with a 2-1
record. All three of the contests have been at home,
victories over Nicholls and Loyola Marymount, and
a 74-63 loss to Winthrop.
• Mississippi State won 15 games last year, but had
won at least 20 games in each of the four previous
Clemson 5-0 for Second Straight Year
Clemson has jumped out to a 5-0
start for the second consecutive year, but just
the third time in the last 10 years. Clemson
was 11-0 to open last season and was 9-0 to
start the 2002-03 campaign, but those are the
only starts of at least 5-0 since 1996-97.
Clemson starting power forward
James Mays has a streak of his own going.
The junior forward has played in 16 consecutive
Clemson victories. He was a common
denominator in all 11 wins to open last season,
then had to sit out the rest of the season for
academic years. He has started all five wins so
far this year.
Clemson vs. Mississippi State Series
This will be the second meeting
between Clemson and Mississippi State on the
hardcourt. The Tigers won the previous
meeting 59-32 in December of 1981 in the
consolation round of the Christmas Kettle
Classic in Houston, TX. The Tigers lost to Iowa
in the first round of that tournament and
Mississippi State lost to host school Houston
and a young freshman center named Akeem
Clemson held just a 20-15 lead at
halftime in the game that was played without a
three-point line and without a shot clock.
Clemson then won the second half by a 39-17
margin. Vincent Hamilton, no relation to current
Clemson guard Vernon Hamilton, led the Tigers
with 12 points and seven rebounds, while senior
center Horace Wyatt added 11 on 5-8 shooting.
Freshman Joe Ward was the only other Tiger in
double figures with 10. No Mississippi State
player scored in double figures in the game.
Jeff Malone, a future NBA player, was held to
four points on 2-9 shooting for Coach Bob
Clemson held Mississippi State to just
32 points in the game, the second fewest points
by a Tiger opponent in the last 26 years. The
only scoring defense by a Clemson team that is
better since the 1980-81 season is the 28
points scored by Wofford in a 77-28 Clemson
win in 1995-96.
Clemson and Mississippi State both
competed in the 2005 San Juan Shootout, but
did not play each other so there is some
familiarity on the part of the two coaching staffs
with the opposing team.
Clemson - Mississippi State Game Notes
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