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
•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
• 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
•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
• 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
• 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.
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