Clemson - South Carolina Game Notes

South Carolina holds an 86-70 lead in the series with Clemson. Clemson has the lead in games played at Clemson, 42-31, including 18-7 in Littlejohn Coliseum, but South Carolina has a 52-25 lead in games played in Columbia.

Clemson vs. South Carolina Series
•South Carolina holds an 86-70 lead in the series with Clemson. Clemson has the lead in games played at Clemson, 42-31, including 18-7 in Littlejohn Coliseum, but South Carolina has a 52-25 lead in games played in Columbia. The two schools have split six neutral site games.

•Clemson has won each of the last two games after South Carolina had won four in a row.

•Clemson has won 28 of the 42 games played between the two schools since South Carolina left the ACC after the 1971-72 season. The two schools did not play from 1972-73 through 1976-77 (Tree Rollins never played against South Carolina). The series returned on a regular basis in 1977-78.

•South Carolina held a 28-15 advantage in the series when the two schools were in the ACC (1954-72). That includes five seasons in which the two schools played three times each. South Carolina won each of the last 11 meetings while the two schools were in the ACC.

• South Carolina has beaten Clemson in Littlejohn Coliseum just three times since 1973, including its last appearance, a 76-61 South Carolina win in 2003-04, Oliver Purnell's first year. Clemson won at Clemson last year by 19 points, South Carolina's largest margin of defeat all season.

One Gamecock win at Clemson came in 1993-94 under first year head coach Eddie Fogler, a 91-88 Gamecock victory. That game featured a 14-27 three-point shooting game for South Carolina, then a school record for three-point goals made. South Carolina also defeated Clemson at Clemson five years ago under current head coach Dave Odom. Thus, Odom has two of South Carolina's three wins in Littlejohn since 1973.

• Clemson and South Carolina have met at least once a season since the 1977-78 season. The two schools did not play in the calendar year of 2002. The two teams met twice a year from 1977-78 through the 1989-90 season.

•The two teams played eight games decided by five points or less between 1990 and 2000. Clemson's 2004-05 overtime victory ended a streak of four straight double digit wins by the Gamecocks.

•Clemson has a 5-1 record against South Carolina in overtime, including victories each of the last five times the two teams have gone extra minutes. South Carolina's only overtime win over the Tigers took place in Columbia in 1936-37.

•Both teams have been ranked in the top 25 in the nation entering the game just once. That took place in 1997-98 when 25th ranked Clemson faced sixth-ranked South Carolina at Clemson. Clemson came away with a 62-57 victory at Littlejohn Coliseum. It was quite an upset that night for Clemson who was playing without star guard Terrell McIntrye, who had suffered a foot injury. The game was shown nationally by ESPN.

•The most unusual date for the basketball rivalry game came in 1957-58 and 1958-59. Both of those seasons the game was played on New Year's Eve as part of the Carrousel Classic in Charlotte. Clemson won both meetings, 85-65 in 1957-58 and 55-49 in 1958-59.

• Clemson point guard Vernon Hamilton will play his 100th game as a Clemson Tiger on Saturday afternoon against South Carolina. Hamilton is already Clemson's career leader in steals with 215 and is the only player in Clemson history with 800 points, 300 rebounds, 300 assists and 200 steals.

• K.C. Rivers established a Clemson record for consecutive double figure scoring games off the bench when he scored 22 points at Minnesota. It was his eighth straight double figure scoring game off the bench breaking the Clemson record of seven in a row by Dale Davis in 1988-89. Rivers 14.3 scoring average is on track to be the second best in Clemson history for a non-starter.

• Rivers has made 14 of his last 27 shots from threepoint land and 13 of his last 14 free throws.

• Clemson closed out the month of November with an 8-0 record. It is a school record for wins in the month of November and the first time Clemson has won eight games in any month since December of 1992.

• Clemson freshman Trevor Booker is averaging 6.4 rebounds per game, 11th in the ACC and third best among league freshmen. The Union High product also has 16 blocks in eight games to rank fourth in the ACC and first among freshmen. He has blocked at least one shot in every game this year.

• James Mays, at 6-9, is second in the ACC in steals per game with a 2.88 figure. He is also sixth in rebounding at 7.8. Clemson has won 19 consecutive games that he has played in over the last two years. His career high of 19 points was achieved against South Carolina last year.

• Clemson has won two consecutive games from South Carolina, including a 19-point victory last year at Clemson. The Tigers are looking to defeat the Gamecocks for the third straight time, which has not happened since Clemson won six in a row between 1994-00 era.

• So far this year Clemson has 81 steals compared to just 43 for the opposition and has had a positive turnover margin in seven of the eight games. Clemson is second in the ACC in steals per game at 10.13, just behind Georgia Tech's 10.14.

• Cliff Hammonds has a 16/4 assist/turnover ratio over the last four games.

• Clemson is looking for a third straight victory over a Dave Odom coached team. Clemson has not defeated Odom three straight since it won all three games against his Wake Forest team in 1989-90.

• Clemson has won 28 of 42 games with South Carolina since the Gamecocks left the ACC. South Carolina had won each of the last 11 between the two schools when South Carolina was an ACC member. Top Stories