Clemson - Maryland Game Notes

Clemson has won five consecutive road games, the first time the Tigers have done that since the 1996- 97 season. A victory at Maryland would give Clemson a six-game road winning streak, its longest since the record eight-game road winning streak in 1986-87.

Clemson vs. Maryland Series
•Maryland holds an 85-45 lead in the series with Clemson. But, Clemson has won the last four meetings. Three of the wins took place in 2004-05 when Clemson won at Clemson by an 88-73 score, won at Maryland 97-93 and in the ACC Tournament by an 84-72 score. Clemson won the lone contest between the two teams a year ago at Clemson, 89-77.

•Clemson holds a 33-25 lead in games played in Clemson, including a 20-18 lead in games played at Littlejohn Coliseum. The Tigers have won nine games in history in College Park, six of them in Cole Field house. The Terps have dominated the series in College Park, winning 49 of the 58 games. Clemson ended a seven-game losing streak in College Park in 2004-05 under Oliver Purnell with a 97- 93 victory. The two teams did not play in College Park last year, but they will place twice in 2006-07.

•Clemson had lost 13 straight to Maryland prior to 2004-05. The 13-game streak dated to the 1997-98 season in an overtime win at Clemson. Nine of those 13 losses were by double digits, so Maryland had dominated the series from 1998-99 through 2003-04. Clemson swept Maryland in 1996-97, a season in which the Tigers finished eighth in the final ESPN/USA Today Coach's poll, the highest final ranking in Clemson history. Both wins were over top 20 Maryland teams, the only time in history Clemson has defeated the same top 20 team twice in the same year. Clemson then lost to Maryland by 15 points in the ACC Tournament that year, denying Clemson of a three-game sweep of the Terps.

•The last time Clemson won a game over a ranked team on the road the victory took place at Maryland (1996-97), when the Terps were ranked 11th in the nation. Clemson has lost 33 straight games against ranked teams on the road since that win at Maryland in 1996-97. Greg Buckner scored 16 points and Terrell McIntyre added 13 to lead Clemson to its 67-63 victory at the 11th ranked Terps.

•Clemson made 27-53 shots from the field for 51 percent, while Maryland was at 48 percent, but made just 2-14 from three-point range. Keith Booth, now an assistant coach at Maryland, led the Terps with 16 points, while Laron Profit had 14 points and seven steals.

•Six years ago the two teams met at Clemson and it was a high scoring affair. Maryland held a 59-56 lead at halftime before winning, 104-92. Clemson made 13 threepoint goals in that game, led by Will Solomon who made seven threes and scored 32 points.

•Clemson's six wins in Cole Field house took place in 1961-62 (75-68), 1965-66 (81-69), 1975-76 (82-77), 1986-87 (80-79), 1992-93 (81-73) and 1996-97 (76-70). Clemson also won in College Park in 1939-40 (48-30) and 1949-50 (60-55). Clemson won at the Comcast Center for the first time in 2004- 05, 97-93 on Feb.22.

Clemson Offense Strong vs. Maryland in Recent meetings
Clemson has won four consecutive games against Maryland, a first for the Clemson program since the 1949-51 era. While Clemson is known for its defense under Oliver Purnell, it has been Clemson's offensive execution that has been the key for the Tigers in the last four games against the Terps.

Over the last four games, Clemson has averaged 89.5 points per game against Maryland and shot 49 percent from the field, including 45.8 percent on three-point shots. Clemson is 38-83 against Maryland from threepoint range over the last four games, including a 12-28 performance last year, and 11-25 three point shooting against the Terps in the 2005 ACC Tournament at the MCI Center.

Maryland has shot 40.4 percent from the field, including 33.8 percent from behind the arc in the four games. Clemson has also forced 15 more turnovers (81 to 66) and has 14 more blocked shots (30-16) and 14 more steals (42- 28). Clemson's bench has also been a big factor. In the four games, Clemson has scored 147 points off the bench, compared to 72 for the Terps. That is a 37-18 advantage on average over the four-game period.

Purnell 5-2 vs. Maryland as Head Coach
This will be Oliver Purnell's eighth game as a head coach against Maryland and Gary Williams. The Tiger mentor has a 5-2 record against the Terps. In addition to the three Clemson victories over Maryland in 2004-05 and the win last year, Purnell led Dayton to a 77- 71 victory over Maryland in the third-place game of the 2000 Maui Invitational.

That was a big victory for the Flyers and Purnell, as that Maryland team went on to the Final Four in March. Maryland was ranked sixth in the nation entering that game in Hawaii. Clemson beat a #22 Maryland team at Clemson in 2004-05. Thus, two of Purnell's five wins over Maryland have been against ranked Terps teams. The Terps were 26th in AP poll points prior the game in College Park in 2004-05, so that almost qualified as another top 25 win as well. He will have another chance for a ranked with this Saturday as Maryland is 25th in the USA Today poll.

Clemson Looks for Second ACC Road Win in One Week Clemson has an opportunity to do something it has not done in 10 years. It seems we have been saying that a lot lately. The Tigers started this week with a 87-76 win over NC State in Raleigh. A win at Maryland on Saturday would give Clemson two ACC road wins in the same week for the first time since the 1996-97 season. And, it is interesting to note that the last time Clemson accomplished the feat, the second win of the week took place at Maryland. Furthermore, Clemson has had two ACC road wins in the same week just four times in its now 54 years in the league and three of the four occurrences so far the second win of the week took place at Maryland. The other seasons it took place were 1961-62, 1975-76, 1986-87 and 1996-97. That 10-year cycle is up again this year.

Game Notes
• Clemson tied the school record for consecutive wins at the start of a season and at any point in a season with its victory at NC State on January 9. Clemson also had a 17-0 start to the 1986-87 season, Horace Grant's senior season. A win at Maryland will establish a school record for consecutive wins and best start to a season.

• Clemson has won five consecutive road games, the first time the Tigers have done that since the 1996- 97 season. A victory at Maryland would give Clemson a six-game road winning streak, its longest since the record eight-game road winning streak in 1986-87.

• Clemson has won four consecutive games against Maryland under Oliver Purnell, the longest winning streak in the series for the Tigers since 1949-51. Purnell is 5-2 in his coaching career against Maryland, 4-2 at Clemson and 1-0 at Maryland.

• Clemson is the only undefeated team left in college basketball. When Oregon defeated No. 1 ranked UCLA on Jan. 6 it made the Tigers the last undefeated standing.

• K.C. Rivers has scored in double figures in every game this year even though he has not started. His 17-game streak of consecutive double figure scoring games as a reserve is a Clemson record, breaking the previous record of seven in a row by Dale Davis in 1988-89. He had 20 points to lead the Tigers in scoring against Georgia Tech.

• Clemson has won its first three ACC games for the first time since the 1996-97 season and for just the fourth time in school history. The other seasons were 1979-80, 1986-87 and 1996-97.

• A victory at Maryland would give Clemson three consecutive ACC road wins. Clemson has not won three straight ACC road games since the 1996-97 season when Clemson won at Virginia, Florida State and Maryland to open the season.

• Clemson forward James Mays has played in 28 consecutive Clemson victories.

• Vernon Hamilton needs just six points to reach 1000 for his career. When he does so he will become just the seventh point guard in Clemson history to reach 1000 points, the first since Edward Scott.

• Clemson's #14 ranking in USA Today is the program's best since a #14 ranking in AP on December 28, 1998.

• A win at Maryland would give Clemson two ACC road wins in the same week for the first time since 1996-97 when Clemson won at Florida State (Jan. 11) ad at Maryland (Jan. 15). Clemson has had two ACC road wins in the same week just four times.

• Clemson has had just eight turnovers each of the last two years.

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