Clemson - Georgia Southern Game Notes

Tuesday's game is Clemson's first game since December 5 against Wofford. The 13 days without a game is the longest in-season stretch without a game since December of 1967 when Clemson did not play for 24 days between December 5-28.

• K.C. Rivers has scored in double figures in every game this year even though he has not started. His 10 game streak of consecutive double figure scoring games as a reserve is a Clemson record. Rivers has three of the top six scoring games as a reserve in the ACC this year.

• Clemson has played Georgia Southern just twice. This will be the first meeting since the 1979-80 season, the year Clemson advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament for the only time in school history. Clemson beat the Eagles that year, 113- 74. In fact Clemson has scored at least 110 points in both of its games against Georgia Southern.

• When Clemson defeated Wofford in its last game on December 5 the Tigers became the first team in the nation to reach 10 wins. Clemson is now one of six remaining undefeated teams in Division I.

• Clemson is ranked ninth in the nation in both the RPI and Sagarin rankings entering games of December 18. Clemson was actually number-one in Sagarin on December 12.

• A victory over Georgia Southern on Tuesday would give Clemson an 11-0 start for the second consecutive season. This is already the first time Clemson has started at least 10-0 in consecutive years for the first time since Rick Barnes first two seasons at Clemson, 1994-95 and 1995-96.

• A victory over Georgia Southern would give Clemson an 11-0 start, tied for the second best start in school history.

• Trevor Booker had a career high 19 points on 8-10 shooting in just 21 minutes in the Wofford game two weeks ago. He leads the team in field goal percentage at 65.2 and is second in rebounding at 6.5 per game.

• Clemson has now won 21 straight games with James Mays in the lineup. He has an 11.9 scoring average so far this year and leads the team in steals with 24.

• Clemson has out-rebounded the opposition by 9.2 per game, on a Clemson record pace. The Tigers have out-rebounded the opposition in nine of the 10 games so far this season.

• Clemson leads the ACC in scoring margin at +18.6 points per game. Clemson is the only ACC team ranked in the top five in the conference in field goal percentage shooting and field goal percentage defense.

Clemson Back in USA Today Top 25
Clemson returned to the top 25 of one of the two major polls on Monday, December 11 with a number-25 national ranking in the USA Today Coach's poll. It marked the first time Clemson had been ranked in the top 25 of either the AP or the USA Today polls since January 11, 1999 when Clemson was ranked 25th in both polls. Clemson has not been ranked in the top 20 of either poll since January 4, 1999 when the Tigers were 20 in USA Today. Clemson has not been in the top 20 in both polls since December 28, 1998 when Clemson was 14 in AP and 16 in USA Today.

Clemson has been ranked in the top 25 or either poll in just 13 seasons (including this year). The longest streak for Clemson in the top 25 of at least one of the polls is 30 consecutive polls between 1996-97 and January 18, 1998. Clemson was ranked in every poll during the 1996-97 season and had a #14 final ranking in AP and a #8 final ranking in USA Today. That #8 USA Today ranking is the highest final ranking in Clemson history. Clemson's highest ranking at any time is a #2 ranking in Associated Press on January 20, 1997 when Clemson opened the season 16-1 overall and 5-0 in the ACC under Rick Barnes.

Clemson - Georgia Southern Series
Georgia Southern has faced two of Clemson's best teams in history in the two previous meetings. The first meeting took place on December 4, 1976 and the Tree Rollins led Tigers defeated Georgia Southern 110-55. That Clemson team went on to a 22-6 record.

The second meeting was a 113-74 Clemson victory and that Tiger team went on to a 23-9 record and the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, the only Clemson team to reach the regional finals in the tournament. Clemson's 55-point margin of victory in the first meeting with Georgia Southern is the 10th largest in Clemson history overall, and the seventh largest margin in Littlejohn Coliseum. Clemson scored 65 points in the second half of that game, the ninth highest scoring half in school history. Clemson had five players in double figures in that game, led by Greg Coles and Colon Abraham, who scored 19 apiece. Abraham scored his 19 in just 17 minutes. Rollins had 12 points and 13 rebounds. Kevin Anderson led Georgia Southern with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Clemson had five more players in double figures in the second meeting. Moose Campbell led Clemson with 19 points on 8-11 shooting, while Billy Williams had 16. He went on to make first-team All-ACC that season. John Fowler had 26 points to lead Georgia Southern.

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