NOTES: Clemson at Virginia

The Tigers look for their first win on the road in conference play tonight in Charlottesville, Va.

• Cliff Hammonds needs two points at Virginia to become the fifth player in ACC history to record at least 1300 points, 400 rebounds, 400 assists and 200 steals in a career.

• A victory at Virginia would give Clemson a 5-3 record in the first half of the ACC schedule. Clemson has not had a winning record for the first half of the ACC season since 1996-97 when Clemson was 6-2 to open the ACC slate. That year Clemson advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

• This will be Clemson's first trip to the John Paul Jones Arena at the University of Virginia. The last time Clemson won its first trip to an ACC opponent's home court was the 1999-00 season when Clemson won its first game at the RBC Center at NC State.

• Thursday's game is the first of six in an eight-game period for the Tigers on the road.

• Trevor Booker suffered a sprained ankle in the first six minutes of the Miami game on Jan. 27. But he started against Boston College and had 10 points and seven rebounds, including six off the offensive boards.

• David Potter had a career high tying 11 points in the win over Boston College on Saturday night. It was his first double figure scoring game since December 5 when he had 11 at East Carolina.

• Clemson won points off turnovers 30-9, points in the paint 44-28 and second chance points 25-10, in its victory over Boston College.

• Clemson senior Sam Perry made his first start of the season in the win over Boston College and likely will continue in that role against Virginia. He had five points two rebounds and two steals in the victory.

• Raymond Sykes made 3-6 shots from the field vs. Boston College and is now 28 of his last 40 from the field, a .700 percentage.

• Clemson is shooting just 63.5 percent from the foul line this year, but has made 24 of 30 free throws over the last two games, 80 percent.

• Clemson has five players averaging in double figures so far this year. Only two Clemson teams in history have finished a season with five double figures scorers, the 1969-70 team and the 2006-07 team. Five different players have led Clemson in scoring at least three times this season.

• K.C. Rivers and Cliff Hammonds both have more steals than fouls and more steals than turnovers this year.

• Clemson is 13-1 when leading at the half this year. Virginia is 0-5 when trailing at the half.

• Two of the top three active career scorers will play head to head on Thursday. Virginia's Sean Singletary has 1800 points for first among ACC players, while Clemson's Cliff Hammonds is third with 1298. Singletary is first in career assists wtih 510, while Hammonds is second with 421.

The Series: Clemson vs. Virginia
•Virginia holds a 64-48 advantage in the series with Clemson, a series that dates to 1936 when Clemson won at Charlottesville, 45-34. That was the only meeting between the two teams prior to the formation of the ACC. Between the 1954-55 and 2003-04 seasons, Clemson and Virginia met at least twice per season. That streak ended in 2004-05 when the teams played just once at Virginia. Clemson and Virginia met just once in 2006-07, a game Virginia won 64-63 by scoring the last 15 points of the game.

•Virginia has won 11 of the last 15 in the series, including six of the last seven, Clemson's only win during the last seven games was in dominating fashion, a 90-64 win at Clemson in 2005-06. It was the seventh largest victory margin in an ACC game in Clemson history. Clemson did have a two-game sweep of the Cavaliers in 2002-03, Larry Shyatt's last season.

•Clemson has lost each of the last four games to Virginia decided by five points or less to Virginia, meaning the Wahoos now have an 19-4 record against Clemson in games decided by five points or less over the last 32 years.

•The series featured many close games. In the 1980s, 11 games were decided by five points or less, including nine that were decided by two or one point. In the 1990s, just five were decided by five or less.

•Clemson won 11 consecutive games in the series between 1959-60 through the first game of 1964-65. That is the longest series winning streak for the Tigers against another ACC team.

•Clemson had a 4-24 record at University Hall over the last 28 years of the facility. Clemson won at Virginia in 1986-87, 1989-90, 1996-97 and 2002-03. This is Clemson's first game at its new facility.

•The Tigers won in 1987 (on Valentine's Day) by a 94-90 score thanks to a late three-point goal in overtime by Horace Grant, the only three-point goal of his career, and with the help of a late four-point play by Anthony Jenkins. Clemson finished with a school record 25 wins that year.

• In 1990, Clemson gained victory 76-70 behind Dale Davis and Elden Campbell. Cliff Ellis's Tigers claimed the school's only ACC regular season championship that year.

•In 1996-97, the Tigers defeated a 25th-ranked Virginia team, 62-52. That Clemson team, went on to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament and won 23 games.

•The win in 2002-03 featured a strong performance by Edward Scott, who had 32 points and eight rebounds in playing all 40 minutes on the way to a first-team All-ACC season.

•There were some unusual shooting games for Clemson against Virginia at University Hall. The two worst shooting games in Clemson history took place in University Hall. In Cliff Ellis's final season, the Tigers shot just 15-63 in the building (.238) the worst shooting performance in Clemson history, in a 50-44 loss. A storm hit the Charlottesville area the day before the game and prohibited Clemson from arriving on Friday for the Saturday game. Clemson went to the Anderson Airport at 8:00 AM on Saturday, flew to Charlottesville, went straight to the arena for the 12:00 Noon game, shot 24 percent, and returned to Clemson by 6:00 PM. Sharone Wright scored 22 of Clemson's 44 points.

The next year, Rick Barnes's first season, Clemson made just 12-50, and the .240 is the second worst field goal percentage in Clemson history.

In 1993 at Virginia, Clemson scored just 16 points in the first half on 6-36 shooting, then scored 66 in the second half, the highest scoring second half in Clemson history in an ACC game, but still lost 100-82.

•In 1984 at Charlottesville, Clemson shot .675 from the field on 27-40 shooting, but still suffered defeat 77-70. That is the second highest field goal percentage in school history in a loss. Clemson was 16-20 from the field at the half in that game (80 percent), but still trailed at intermission by seven (40-33).

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