Clemson - Georgia Game Notes

Clemson has won 12 consecutive games to start the season, tied for the second-longest winning streak in school history with the 1996-97 team.

The longest winning streak by the Tiger program was 17 games to start the 1986-87 season.

* Clemson is ranked 21st by USA Today and 25th by the Associated Press this week. It marks the first time since Jan. 11, 1999 that the Tigers have been ranked by both polls in the same week.

* The Tigers rank sixth in the Sagarin computer ratings and 12th in the RPI after games played on Saturday, December 23. Clemson is one of just four remaining unbeaten teams in the country.

* Clemson is 2-0 this season versus teams from the Southeastern Conference. The Tigers defeated Mississippi State at home, 69-66, in November, then won 74-53 over South Carolina on the road.

* James Mays is coming off an outstanding week in wins over Georgia Southern and Western Carolina. Versus the Eagles, he totaled a career-high 22 points. He nearly recorded a triple-double against the Catamounts on December 23, as he posted 14 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists. Clemson has won 23 consecutive games with Mays in the lineup, an 11-0 record last year and an 12-0 record so far this year.

* In the 12-point win over Georgia Southern, Clemson had 17 steals and just 13 fouls. It was first time the Clemson team has had more steals that fouls since the fourth game of last year when the Tigers accomplished the feat against Charleston Southern.

* K.C. Rivers has scored in double figures in every game this year even though he has not started. His 12-game streak of consecutive double figure scoring games as a reserve is a Clemson record. Rivers has half of the Tigers' six 20-point scoring games this season.

* Clemson point guard Vernon Hamilton is celebrating his 22nd birthday at tonight's game. Last year the Bulldogs handed the Tigers a 72-69 loss on his birthday, so the Richmond, VA native hopes to fare better this season.

* Vernon Hamilton has upped his steal total in recent games and now is sixth in the ACC in steals per game. He has 226 for his career, which ranks 18th on the all-time conference list. * Junior co-captain Cliff Hammonds ranks first in the ACC in assist/turnover ratio this season (2.56). He was third in the league in this category a year ago. For his career, Hammonds has a 1.72 assist/turnover ratio (239/139).

* Georgia Head Coach Dennis Felton was an assistant at Clemson from 1994-98. He coached on three NCAA Tournament teams at Clemson.

The Series: Clemson vs. Georgia
• Georgia holds a 55-23 lead in the series that dates to he 1913-14 season. Clemson is 8-28 in games played in Athens, including 1-2 with the Bulldogs in Stegeman Coliseum, the current home of the Bulldogs. Clemson lost at Georgia in December of 1964, the first full season of games at Stegeman, then won at the home of the Bulldogs in March of 1986 during the NIT. Georgia won in Athens last season.

• Clemson and Georgia have played on the hard court just six times since 1965 and three of the five have been in postseason play. The two schools met in the NIT in 1986 and 1999 and in the NCAA Tournament in 1996. Clemson won both NIT games, while Georgia won the NCAA Tournament game, a contest played in Albuquerque.

• This will be the first time the two teams have met at Clemson since the 1999 NIT. Clemson won by 20 points, 77-57. It was the last game for Ron Jirsa as head coach at Georgia. Terrell McIntyre led Clemson with 19 points and 10 assists, while Jumaine Jones led Georgia with 20. That is the only previous appearance for Georgia in Littlejohn Coliseum. Georgia leads the series in games played at Clemson, 24-13, but Clemson has won three of the last four.

• Clemson won the 1986 meeting in the second round of the NIT at Georgia by a 77-65 margin, so in both Clemson NIT victories in the series, the Tigers scored exactly 77 points. In that 1986 game played at Georgia, the Tigers were led by Georgia native Horace Grant and Glen Corbit, who both scored 24 points. Donald Hartry led Georgia with 17 points. That was the final game for Georgia senior Joe Ward, who had played his freshman year at Clemson.

• While Clemson and Georgia did not play a regular season game between 1964-65 and 2002-03, the two teams played quite a bit prior to that . In fact, Clemson and Georgia played twice a year for 12 consecutive years (1927-28 through 1938-39), and from 1947-48 through 1955-56.

• In fact, the schools played three times during the 1951-52 season. Clemson won all three games that year, once at Clemson, once at Georgia and once in the championship game of the Gator Bowl Invitational in Jacksonville. All three of those games were in December of 1951. The two teams played a home-and-home series to open that season. The Tigers went on to a 17-7 season, best under Banks McFadden.

Felton Coached at Clemson
Georgia head coach Dennis Felton was an assistant at Clemson from 1994-98. Felton was an assistant for four years on the Clemson staff, including the Associate Head Coach in 1997-98, his final year and the last year Clemson went to the NCAA Tournament.

Clemson advanced to the NIT in 1994-95, then to the NCAA Tournament the next three seasons. That is the only time in Clemson history the Tigers have advanced to the NCAAs three consecutive years. The 1996-97 Clemson team finished eighth in the final USA Today Coach's poll, the highest final ranking in Clemson history.

Ironically, when Clemson and Georgia played in the 1996 NCAA Tournament one of Clemson's assistant coaches was Felton. Georgia entered that game with an all senior starting five, the oldest starting lineup in the tournament that year. Clemson started four freshmen and a sophomore, the youngest starting lineup in the tournament. Top Stories