• Cliff Hammonds became the fifth player in ACC history to record at least 1300 points, 400 rebounds, 400 assists and 200 steals in a career when he had 16 points in Clemson's win at Virginia. When Hammonds starts at North Carolina on Sunday he will tie Greg Buckner's school record for most games started with 122. He has started 118 in a row dating to his freshman year.
• Hammonds is seventh in the nation in assist/turnover ratio
and is on a Clemson record pace with a 3.06 mark.
• The win at Virginia gave Clemson a 5-3 record for the first
half of the ACC season. It is the first time since 1996-97
and just the second time in the 17-years of the 16-game
ACC schedule, that Clemson has had a winning record
at the midpoint.
• Clemson has won consecutive ACC games by at least
20 points, the first time Clemson has done that since
1998-99 and just the fifth time in school history.
• Clemson is coming off a 82-51 win at Virginia. The
31-point margin is the best in school history for a road
• Clemson point guard Demontez Stitt has missed the last
two games after undergoing knee surgery on January
31. He is questionable for the UNC game.
• K.C. Rivers is coming off a 32-point performance at
Virginia. The scoring total was a career high and the
most by a Clemson player in an ACC game under Oliver
Purnell. Rivers had a school record tying eight three-
point goals in the game.
• David Potter had a career high tying 11 points in the win
over Boston College. He followed that with 10 points in
the win at Virginia. It is the first time in his career that he
has had back to back double figure scoring games.
• Clemson's defense has held Boston College and Virginia
to a combined 107 points over the last two games.
• Clemson is 14-1 this year when leading at the half.
The only loss took place in the first meeting between
Clemson and North Carolina on Jan. 6.
•Clemson made 16 three-point goals at Virginia, most in
Clemson history in an ACC game and tied for the most
in any game. Clemson now leads the ACC in three-point
percentage at .393.
• K.C. Rivers and Cliff Hammonds both have more steals
than fouls and more steals than turnovers this year.
• North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough and Clemson's Cliff
Hammonds rank second and third respectively in career
scoring among active ACC players.
• Clemson has three prominent players on its roster from
North Carolina, starting forward and scoring leader K.C.
Rivers, starting forward James Mays, and reserve guard
Demontez Stitt, who is normally the starting point
guard when he is healthy.
• Clemson and North Carolina are both ranked in the top
15 in the nation in scoring. The Tar Heels are second
and Clemson is 15th.
SERIES: Clemson vs. North Carolina
•North Carolina holds a 119-19 lead
in the series with Clemson and the Tar Heels
have won seven in a row, including three during
their drive to the 2005 National Championship.
North Carolina won the earlier meeting this year
by a 90-88 score in overtime on a three-point
shot by Wayne Ellington with 0.4 seconds left.
•North Carolina won the only meeting
last year at Clemson in 2006-07 by 22 points.
Both teams were ranked in the top 20 in the
nation entering that game. This time, only North
Carolina is ranked.
•Oliver Purnell is 1-8 in his career
against North Carolina, 1-7 as coach at Clemson
and 0-1 when he was at Old Dominion. He
defeated the Tar Heels and Roy Williams the
first time they met as Clemson coach, 81-72
in 2003-04. Clemson made 11-13 three-point
shots in that game.
•When Clemson won the last meeting
of 2002-03 and the first meeting of 2003-04, it
was just the third time in history Clemson had
won consecutive games from the Tar Heels. It
was the first time Clemson had done it since the
1979-80 era. Clemson also won two straight
from North Carolina in 1963-64, the only time
Clemson has swept North Carolina in the same
season. Clemson defeated North Carolina twice
in double overtime that season.
•Clemson has defeated North Carolina
at Clemson four of the last 10 years. The
two teams played just once each of the last
two years. They did not meet in Chapel Hill last
year. North Carolina has a 52-0 record against
Clemson in Chapel Hill over the years, tied for
the all-time winning streak in NCAA history over
the same team.
•Clemson upset a #1 ranked North
Carolina team on Feb. 18, 2001, one of two wins
over the number-one ranked team in the nation
in school history. North Carolina entered the
game on an 18-game winning streak. Clemson
had lost eight consecutive games. In fact,
that win over a #1 ranked North Carolina team
was Clemson's only victory that year between
January 14 and March 7, 2001. Clemson lost
four straight after the win, all by double digits.
They entered the game off a 34-point loss to NC
• North Carolina holds a 119-19
lead in the series that dates to a 48-24 North
Carolina win in Chapel Hill in 1926. Clemson's
first win in the series took place in the 1939
Southern Conference Tournament, when the
Tigers upset North Carolina behind the late
Banks McFadden, 44-43. That was the opening
round of the event held in Raleigh.
•Clemson's only other win in the series
before 1964 took place in Tiger town, 77-69
in 1952. North Carolina won 38 of the first 40
games of the series, including 25 in a row between
1951-52 and 1963-64 seasons. That is
the longest losing streak by the Tigers against
an ACC team.
•Clemson has defeated North Carolina
in consecutive seasons just four times,
including as recently as 2002-03 and 2003-04.
Clemson also won in back to back years over
North Carolina in 1965-66 and 1966-67; 1978-
79 and 1979-80, and 1988-89 and 1989-90.
Clemson has never beaten North Carolina in
three consecutive seasons.
•Clemson is 15-35 against North
Carolina in games played at Clemson, 0-52 in
Chapel Hill and 4-32 in games played at neutral
sites. While Clemson has never beaten North
Carolina in Chapel Hill, the Tigers did have
a regular season sweep of North Carolina in
1963-64. That year Clemson won at Clemson
and in Charlotte in the North-South Doubleheader.
•Clemson's only win over North
Carolina in the ACC tournament took place in
1996 a game played in Greensboro. Clemson
overcame an eight-point halftime deficit to win
75-73. Greg Buckner's (now with the Minnesota
Timberwolve) dunk off a pass from Harold
Jamison with 0.6 seconds left won the game for
•The Tigers are 4-74 against North
Carolina in games played in the state of North
Carolina. The other victories over North
Carolina in the Tar Heel state came in 1966-
67, when Clemson beat a #4 UNC team in
Charlotte at the North-South Doubleheader by a
92-88 score; in 1963-64 by a 97-90 count, also
at the North-South Doubleheader in Charlotte;
in 1938-39, in a 44-43 win in Raleigh at the
Southern Conference Tournament.
NOTES: Clemson at North Carolina
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