Clemson - N.C. State Game Notes

The Tigers look to remain the only undefeated team in Division I-A men's basketball Tuesday night against N.C. State.

Clemson vs. N.C. State Series
•N.C. State has a 94-41 record against Clemson overall. N.C. State has a 45- 10 lead in games at Raleigh and a 19-5 lead in games on neutral sites.

•Clemson won its first game in the RBC Center in 1999-00 on NC State's Senior Night, but the Tigers have struggled since then. Clemson has lost its last four games in the facility by a total of 102 points, or 25.1 points per game. This will be just the second time Oliver Purnell has brought a Clemson team to NC State. The Pack won that meeting in 2003- 04, 86-69.

•This will be Clemson's first appearance in Raleigh since Oliver Purnell's first year, the 2003-04 season.

•The Pack has a 31-26 lead in games at Clemson, but the Tigers have a 19-17 advantage in Littlejohn Coliseum. Clemson has more wins over NC State in Littlejohn Coliseum in conference play than any other school. (Clemson has beaten Georgia Tech 27 times, but some were non conference games).

•NC State has won eight of the last nine games in the series, but the Tigers have won 14 of the last 26. Clemson last gained victory in the series in 2003-04 when Oliver Purnell's Tigers upset 13th ranked NC State, 60-55.

•This will be the only meeting between Clemson and NC State this year, the third straight year the two teams have played just once per year.

•Clemson last gained victory at NC State in the 1999-00 season, a 66-63 victory that was Larry Shyatt's first ACC road win and Clemson's first ever game at the RBC Center.

•Twelve of the last 22 meetings between Clemson and NC State have been decided by five points or less, or in overtime. Clemson won over a 13th ranked (AP) NC State team at Clemson, 60-55, in 2003-04. State won the year before on Edward Scott's Senior Night, 63-60, and took an 80-79 victory in 2001-02 on a last second shot by Josh Powell. Clemson won by a 72-69 score in 2000-01. The last meeting last year went to double overtime in the Pack's favor, 94-85.

•NC State has a history of upsetting Clemson teams in Raleigh. IN 1996-97 Clemson came to Raleigh ranked seventh in the nation. The Pack was 0-8 in ACC play under first-year NC State coach Herb Sendek. But, Sendek came away with the victory, 58-54.

•Three-point shooting has been a statistic in NC State's favor over the last eight meetings with Clemson. During that time period, NC State has won seven of the eight. NC State has made 93-215 three-point shots (.432), while Clemson has made just 29-111 (.261). That means NC State has outscored Clemson 279-87 in points off three-point goals over the last eight games, an average margin of 24 points per game.

•One game that trend did not hold was Clemson's win in 2003-04 when the Pack made just 6-37 three-point shots against Oliver Purnell's Tigers. The 31 misses stand as the most missed three-point attempts in a game by an opponent in the history of Littlejohn Coliseum. That is Clemson's only win over NC State over the last nine meetings.

Tigers last Remaining Undefeated Team
When Clemson went 17-0 in 1986-87 it was not the last team to lose that year. Clemson's streak ended with a 105-103 loss to Duke at home on January 24. Iowa had also been 17-0 entering that day, but lost to Ohio State. DePaul was actually the last team to lose in 1986-87.

Ray Meyer's Blue Demons were 16-0 heading into a January 25 game with Georgetown, but the Hoyas won 74-71. Thus, all three of those teams saw their winning streaks end on the same weekend, but DePaul held the distinction of being the last team to lose that year. Clemson became the last undefeated standing this year when it defeated Georgia Tech 75-74 on January 6. UCLA, undefeated and ranked #1 in the nation, lost earlier at Oregon, leaving Clemson has the last team undefeated.

Last year, the University of Florida, who went on to win the National Championship, was the last team to lose a game. The Gators were 17-0 prior to a loss to Tennessee on January 21, 2006. The longest winning streak in the nation last year belonged to Gonzaga, who won 20 in a row before losing to UCLA in the NCAA Tournament. George Washington had an 18-game streak, while Florida and Duke had 17- game winning streaks.

Winning in the Triangle
Over the years Clemson's basketball team has viewed traveling to the North Carolina Triangle like sailors view boating through the Bermuda Triangle. Clemson is 14-151 in games played at Duke, North Carolina and NC State combined.

The 1994-95 season was the first time in Clemson history that the Tigers had won their first two games in the Triangle and it was just the second time Clemson had won at least two games in the Triangle in the same year. Clemson also won at Duke and N.C. State in 1976-77, Tree Rollins' senior season. Clemson has never won at North Carolina and obviously has never swept all three games in the North Carolina Triangle.

Clemson's overall record in the North Carolina Triangle, including conference tournaments (ACC or Southern) is now is 23-171. Clemson has a lifetime record of 10-45 at N.C. State, 4-54 at Duke and 0-52 at North Carolina in regular season play. Clemson has just two opportunities to win in the Triangle this year as the Tigers play at NC State on January 9 and at Duke on January 25. Clemson does not play North Carolina in Chapel Hill this year, the first time since 1983-84 Clemson has not gone to Chapel Hill.

Clemson has not won in the Triangle since the 1999-00 season when the Tigers won at NC State, 66-63. Clemson has lost 16 straight games in the Triangle. The list below does not count ACC or Southern Conference Tournament games played in Raleigh. Clemson has won nine games in conference tournaments in Raleigh, including its most successful Southern Conference and ACC Tournaments in history.

Clemson won the Southern Conference Tournament in Raleigh in 1939, its only conference tournament championship in history. In 1962 the Tigers advanced to the finals of the ACC Tournament at the Reynolds Coliseum with victories over N.C. State and Duke. It is Clemson's only appearance in the ACC Tournament Championship game.

Tigers Start 2-0
The victory Georgia Tech on January 6, gave Clemson a 2-0 start in the ACC for just the sixth time in school history and first time since the 1996-97 season. That year Clemson won its first five ACC games, the Clemson record for the best start in conference play.

Obviously a win over NC State would be Clemson's first 3-0 start since that 1996-97 season. Clemson was also at least 2-0 to start the year in 1986-87, 1983-84, 1980-81 and 1979-80. Clemson opened the ACC schedule with a 68-66 win over Florida State on January 3. It was just the 17th time in 54 years that Clemson has won its first ACC game. It was just the ninth time in 54 years that Clemson won its first ACC road game.

Clemson Has Won 16 in Row to Open Season
Clemson has won 16 consecutive games to open the 2006-07 season, the second longest winning streak in Clemson history at any point and the second best start to a season in Clemson history. The 1986-87 Tigers led by Horace Grant won their first 17 games of that season and that is both the best start and the longest winning streak at any point in school history.

Here are some notes about Clemson's 16-game winning streak to open the season:

•10 of the 14 wins have been at home, while two were on neutral sites and four have been on the opponent's home court.

•11 of the 16 victories were by 10 points or more, including a streak of eight straight, at one point, second longest streak of double figure wins in Clemson history. Seven of the 16 were by at least 20 points.

•Seven of the 16 wins were over teams who appeared in postseason play last year.

•Three of the victories were over SEC teams (South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi State), the first time in Clemson history the Tigers have beaten three SEC teams in the same year.

•Clemson started the same five players in all 16 victories.

•Clemson has a +16.9 scoring margin, a +7.7 rebound margin and a +4.44 turnover margin for the 16 games.

•Clemson has been out-rebounded just twice in the 16-game winning streak.

•Clemson's bench has out-scored the opposition's bench in 14 of the 16 games. Only games Clemson did not win the bench scoring was Mississippi State and Georgia.

•The Tigers had the advantage in points off turnovers in 15 of the 16 games during the winning streak. Old Dominion has had the advantage in points off turnovers.

•Clemson never trailed in four of the 16 victories and has trailed in the second half in just four games (Monmouth,Mississippi State, Florida State and Georgia Tech). Clemson has trailed with seven minutes left just twice, each of the last two games.

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