*Reached championship game of the NIT for just the second time in school history. It was just the second time any Clemson team reached the finals of a post-season tournament.
*Recorded 25 wins, tied for the most in Clemson history with
the 1986-87 team that had a 25-6 record.
*Started the year with a 17-0 record, tying the record for
the most consecutive wins at any time in a season. The Tigers were
the last team in the nation to lose in 2006-07, the first time that
had been the case in school history.
*Team closed the season with six wins in its last eight
games. First time since 1966-67 that Clemson closed the season by
winning six of its last eight games.
*Defeated 13 different teams that won at least 20 games, a
record for a Clemson season.
*Finished the season ranked 32nd in the nation in final RPI
and 29th in the final Sagarin computer rankings on April 3.
Clemson's final RPI was better than 14 teams who received at-large
bids to the NCAA Tournament. It was the best RPI by a Clemson team
since the 1997-98 team finished at 28th.
*Clemson finished tied for second in the ACC in overall wins
with Maryland. North Carolina had the most with 31.
*Won three ACC road games for the first time since 1996-97.
*Clemson had 6-5 overall road record in all games, thefirst time
since 1996-97 that Clemson had a winning record on an opponent's home
floor. Clemson had nine total wins away from home, most since
1996-97 team had 10.
*Started the year by winning the Cox Communications Classic in
Virginia. Just the second time in last 27 years Clemson won a
three-day, eight-team tournament. Clemson completed the championship
by defeating NCAA Tournament team Old Dominion on its home court.
*One of three schools ranked in the top 20 in the nation in
blocked shots and steals, joining Kansas and Memphis, two Elite Eight
NCAA Tournament teams.
*Won at least seven ACC games for the second straight year,
first time the program has done that since the 1996-98 era.
*Five different players averaged in double figures for the
season, just the second time in Clemson history the Tigers had five
double figure scorers in one season.
*Clemson had five sell-out home crowds, most in a season since 1997-98.
*Team had a GPA of 2.55 for the first semester, highest by a
Clemson team since 1983.
*Team was ranked in the USA Today poll for eight straight
weeks, reaching a high of #14 in the nation on January 8. Team was
ranked #1 in the RPI in December, a first for the program in 10 years.
*Posted a 4-0 record against SEC schools, the first time
Clemson had four wins against the SEC in the same year. Including
wins over Syracuse (Big East) and Minnesota (Big Ten), Clemson has a
6-1 record against non-ACC BCS conference teams. It was a school
record for non-conference wins against BCS conference teams.
*Tigers had a 18-1 record in non-conference play, a Clemson
record for non-conference wins in a season and winning percentage.
Clemson and Oregon were only schools in the nation with perfect
non-conference record entering postseason play.
*A look to the NCAA record books tells us that Clemson had
more wins this year than eight of the top 10 winningest programs in
college basketball history. Clemson had more wins this year than
Kentucky, Duke, Syracuse Temple, St. John's, Penn, Indiana and Utah.
Only North Carolina and Kansas had more among the top 10 winningest
programs in college basketball history.
*As stated above, Clemson had more wins than Duke, Indiana
and Kentucky in 2006-07. Kentucky and Duke finished the year with
22-12 records, while Indiana was 21-11. This is the first time since
the 1937-38 season that Clemson has more wins than all three of those
schools in the same year.
*Clemson had more wins this year than Kentucky, UCONN and
Duke, the top three winningest programs in college basketball over
the last 10 years.
Accomplishments of Head Coach Oliver Purnell
*Improved win total by at least three victories for the third
straight year. Oliver Purnell is just the third ACC coach in history
to accomplish that feat at a league school, joining Mike Krzyzewski
and Bobby Cremins.
*Purnell also became just the seventh active Division I coach
to win at least 20 games at four different Division I schools. His
25 wins at Clemson this year were a personal career high.
*Won at least 19 games for a second consecutive season.
First time the program has done that in consecutive years since
1988-89 and 1989-90. Clemson's 44 combined wins in the last two
years are most since the 1988-89 and 1989-90 seasons.
*Clemson defeated a Syracuse team coached by Hall of Fame mentor Jim
Boeheim on March 21. It marked the first time Clemson had defeated a
Hall of Fame coach (in the Hall of Fame at the time of the game)
since a 77-69 win over North Carolina and Hall of Fame Coach Dean
Smith on February 17, 1994. It was the first time Clemson defeated a
Hall of Fame coach anywhere since the 1996 ACC tournament when
Clemson defeated Smith and the Tar Heels 75-73 in Greensboro.
*Completed his year as first Clemson coach in any sport to
serve as his national governing body's president.
Individual Player Accomplishments
*K.C. Rivers named first-team All-NIT and averaged 19 points
per game in the NIT.
*James Mays named to second-team All-District by NABC.
*Mays established school record for steals (69) and assists
(95) by a Clemson frontcourt player in a season.
*Mays and Vernon Hamilton named to Fans Guide to ACC
Basketball, first-team All-Defense team selected by the ACC Coaches.
Clemson was only team in ACC with two selections.
*Vernon Hamilton was named to the All Cox Communications Classic team.
*Hamilton left school ranked fifth in Clemson history in
scoring among point guards with 1238 points.
*Hamilton set school record for steals in a career with 271
and finished sixth in ACC history in that category.
*Trevor Booker had second most rebounds (232), second best
field goal percentage (.602) and second most blocked shots (78) by a
Clemson freshman in history.
*Cliff Hammonds became just the 15th junior in school history
to reach 1000 points. He will enter his senior year with 1077 career
Significant Team Accomplishments in 2006-07
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