• 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
• 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
• 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
Clemson - Georgia Southern Game Notes
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