Clemson vs. Duke Series
•Duke has beaten Clemson 19
consecutive games, including eight straight at
Littlejohn Coliseum. It is the longest winning
streak in the series at any time for the Blue
Devils. Clemson's last win over Duke took
place during the 1996-97 season, an 86-82
overtime victory in Littlejohn Coliseum behind a
late steal and dunk by Greg Buckner, now with
the Dallas Mavericks.
•Duke's 19-game winning streak over
Clemson is the second longest in history
against the Tigers by an ACC team. North
Carolina beat Clemson 25 consecutive games
•Duke has an 19-game winning streak
over Clemson, but it should be noted that
Duke has been ranked in the top 10 entering
all 19 games. In fact, Thursday night's game
is the 21st consecutive game Clemson has
played against a top 10 Duke team. Six of the
19 games Duke has entered the game ranked
number-one in the nation, including last year's
10-point Duke win at Clemson.
•Duke's 19-game winning streak in
the series has been by an average margin of
16.4 points per game.
•Duke is one of just two ACC teams
with a winning record over Clemson in Littlejohn
Coliseum. Duke holds a 21-16 lead in the
previous 37 meetings in the facility. North
Carolina is the only other ACC team with a
winning record in Littlejohn. Duke and Clemson
will meet at Clemson on February 22.
•Clemson lost three times to Duke in
1997-98, but the three games were decided by
seven total points. That included an 81-80 loss
at Cameron Indoor Stadium when Clemson
overcame a 24-point deficit in the second half
and had two shots to win the game inside the
last five seconds. That is the closest Clemson
has come to defeating Duke since the 1994-95
season. That was the year Clemson registered
its last win at Duke, a 75-70 victory in Rick
Barnes first ACC game as Clemson coach.
•Clemson has played two triple
overtime games in its history and one of those
contests was against Duke. During the 1981-82
season Duke downed Clemson at Durham by a
73-72 score in triple overtime. Clemson guard
Vincent Hamilton played all 55 minutes for the
Tigers. That was the 100th career win for
•Clemson has defeated Duke Coach
Mike Krzyzewski nine times, including seven
games in Littlejohn Coliseum. (Clemson has
defeated Duke in Cameron Indoor Stadium
twice since Coach K has been the coach of the
Blue Devils.) He is 43-9 against Clemson. He
has defeated Clemson more than any other
•Duke was ranked in the top 20 in the
nation six of the wins Clemson has registered
against the Blue Devils since Krzyzewski has
been in Durham. That includes consecutive
wins at Littlejohn in 1988, 1989 and 1990 when
Dale Davis led the Tigers to victory over three
top 10 Duke teams. Davis, then a freshman,
had 23 points and 17 rebounds in the 1988
victory over a #9 Duke team.
•Clemson was the only ACC team to
defeat Krzyzewski in 1994-95. A back ailment
forced him to the sidelines for the rest of the
season after Clemson's 75-70 victory in early
January of that season.
•The first meeting between Duke and
Clemson took place in Durham during the 1925-
26 season. Duke came away with a 46-12
victory. Clemson's first win in the series took
place in 1938-39, by a 38-36 score at Clemson.
Banks McFadden, Clemson's first ever
basketball All-American, led Clemson to that
victory in overtime.
•Duke has a 52-4 lead in the series in
games played in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The first game in the series at Cameron was a
54-49 Blue Devin win on January 20, 1940.
That was just the third game in the history of
Cameron Indoor Stadium, the first for Duke
against a future ACC foe. Duke opened
Cameron with a win over Princeton on Jan. 6,
1940 and later defeated The Citadel before
•The two teams split a pair of 87-82
overtime decisions in 1979-80. Clemson won
the game at Clemson when Duke was #1 in the
nation entering the game. It is still one of just
two games in history Clemson has beaten a
#1 ranked team. Bobby Conrad, now a federal
judge in North Carolina, made 8-8 free throws
down the stretch to help Clemson to the victory.
Later that year, on the night Duke
retired Mike Gminski's jersey, Duke returned
the favor with an 87-82 victory in overtime (yes
the same score and extra session) in Cameron
over Clemson. Gminski had 29 points, 19
rebounds and seven blocked shots in that game
to lead the Blue Devils.
Clemson in Durham
Clemson has a 4-55 record in Durham, including a 4-52 mark
at Cameron Indoor Stadium and has not won in Cameron Indoor
Stadium since the 1994-95 season when Rick Barnes beat Mike
Krzyzewski in his first ACC game as Clemson coach. Clemson has lost
nine in a row in Durham. Clemson lost its first 28 games in Durham
until the Tigers won in 1975-76, Bill Foster's first year as Clemson head
Clemson's only other victory at Cameron since the 1977-78
season took place in 1983-84 in Bill Foster's last ACC game as Clemson
coach, a 77-76 Tiger victory over a 15th ranked Duke team. Clemson
had a 76-61 lead with five minutes left, but Duke mounted a comeback.
Sophomore guard Johnny Dawkins, now associated head coach with the
Blue Devils, missed a right corner jumper at the buzzer, a shot that would
have been a game winner.
Clemson has won just twice at Duke in the last 29 years, but all
three current Duke assistants played in a loss at Cameron to Clemson.
Dawkins was a member of the 1984 Duke team that lost to Clemson and
Steve Wojciechowski and Chris Collins played for the Blue Devils in
Clemson's victory in 1995.
Each of Clemson's last two wins at Duke featured an
outstanding performance by a Clemson freshman. In 1984, Horace
Grant had a perfect shooting game as he made 6-6 from the field and 4-4
from the foul line in scoring 16 points. He had four offensive rebounds
and three steals in just 24 minutes. Eleven years later, Clemson got 11
points and six rebounds from freshman Greg Buckner in Clemson's
shocking victory. Both Grant and Buckner went on to stellar NBA
careers. Buckner is still playing with the Dallas Mavericks.
• Clemson enters this game at Duke with an 18-2
record, the first time Clemson has won 18 of its first
20 games since 1986-87 and just the second time
in school history.
• Clemson has lost 19 consecutive games to Duke
with the last victory coming at Clemson by an 86-82
score in overtime on January 7, 1997. Clemson
has not won at Cameron Indoor Stadium since January
4, 1995 when the Tigers were victorious 75-
70. Clemson has lost nine straight games at
Cameron Indoor Stadium.
• Clemson has won just twice at Duke since the 1976-
77 season and just four times in history. In addition
to the 1994-95 season victory, the Tigers won at
Duke by a 77-76 score in 1983-84, the final ACC
regular season game of Bill Foster's career. Each
of Clemson's two victories at Duke in the last 29
seasons have been over ranked Duke teams. Duke
was 15th in AP in 1984 and 9th in 1995.
• Clemson is ranked 17th by USA Today and 19th by
AP this week, the fifth consecutive week the Tigers
have been ranked in the top 25 of both polls.
• Clemson has a 7-1 record away from home this
season and averages 80.0 points per game.
Clemson has shot 46 percent from the field at home
and 49.3 percent away from home this season.
• Clemson has won four of its first six ACC games for
the first time since 1996-97 and for just the seventh
time in school history. A win at Duke would make
Clemson 5-2 in the ACC for the fifth time in history.
• Clemson has two ACC road wins in the bank so far
this year, wins at Florida State and NC State.
Clemson has not won three ACC road games in the
same year since 1996-97 (4-4) and has done it just
three times in the last 29 years.
Clemson - Duke Game Notes
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