• Clemson has won the last two meetings with NC State by double digits, 87-76 at Raleigh last year and 70-54 at Clemson earlier this year. This is the first time Clemson has won two in a row against the Pack since winning three in a row from 1999-00 to 2000-01. It is the first time Clemson has won two in a row by double digits from the Pack since the 1993-94 season.
• A victory on Saturday would give Clemson its first season
sweep of NC State since 1999-00. It would also be the
first time Clemson has won consecutive years on NC
State's home court since Clemson won three straight
years in Raleigh from 1993-94 through 1995-96.
• K.C. Rivers is 8-13 in his career from three-point range
against NC State. He has made 30-57 three-point shots
in ACC games this year, a league best .526 figure.
• A victory for the Tigers in Raleigh would be a significant
accomplishment because the Tigers are working on a
one-day turnaround. Clemson has not won an ACC
road game with one day to prepare for that second
game since 1986. Of course, NC State has just one day
to prepare as well, as it played at BC on Thursday.
• Clemson has six ACC regular season games remaining.
None are against North Carolina or Duke. As of Feb.
15, Clemson and Maryland are the only ACC schools
finished with both North Carolina and Duke. Clemson
is 6-1 against ACC teams not named UNC and Duke.
• On Feb. 12, 2008 Cliff Hammonds was inducted into
the Clemson Academic Hall of Fame within the school's
athletic department. Hammonds was recently named
to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team and is a candidate
for academic All-America honors. He earned a
4.0 in his double major of architecture and psychology
for the first semester.
• Hammonds had a 4.0 GPA for the first semester and has
a 4.0 assist average so far this season.
• Cliff Hammonds has averaged 20.8 points per game over
the last four contests. He has made 34-58 from the field,
including 13-23 on three-point shots.
• Saturday will be Oliver Purnell's 600th game as a Division
I head coach.
• Clemson has won three of its last four games with the
only loss coming in double overtime to a third ranked
North Carolina team. Clemson has trailed for just 12:01
of the 170 minutes played over those four games.
Clemson has not trailed in regulation for the last 113:11
over three games.
• In two games since returning from knee surgery, Demontez
Still has scored 26 points and has shot 10-15
from the field.
• As a team, Clemson has made 35 of 70 three-point shots
over the last three games, a 50 percent clip.
• Clemson made 23 free throws against Georgia Tech, its
high total in an ACC game since Feb. 7, 2007.
THE SERIES: Clemson vs. State
•N.C. State has a 95-43 record against
Clemson overall. N.C. State has a 45-11 lead in
games at Raleigh and a 19-5 lead in games on
neutral sites. Clemson has a 20-17 advantage
in games played at Littlejohn Coliseum.
•Clemson won its first game in the RBC
Center in 1999-00 on NC State's Senior Night,
then struggled for the next four games, losing
four straight by a total of 102 points, or an average
defeat of 25 points per game. But Clemson
came back last year to win, 87-76. It was
Clemson's 17th straight win to open the 2006-07
season, tying a school record.
•The Pack has a 31-27 lead in games at
Clemson, but the Tigers have a 20-17 advantage
in Littlejohn Coliseum. Clemson has more
wins over NC State in Littlejohn Coliseum in
conference play than any other school. (Clemson
has beaten Georgia Tech 28 times, but
some were non-conference games).
•While Clemson won the only meeting
last year, and won earlier this season, NC
State has won eight of the last 11 games in the
series. The Tigers did pull off an upset of NC
State in Oliver Purnell's first year, beating the
13th ranked Wolfpack 60-55 at Clemson. Purnell
is 3-3 against the Wolfpack and 2-0 against
Sidney Lowe coached NC State teams.
•The two teams played just once for
three consecutive years through last year, but
there are two meetings this year. Clemson is
attempting to sweep NC State twice in the same
year for the first time since the 1999-00 season.
•NC State will observe the 25-year anniversary
of its national championship team of
1983 when the two teams meet this Saturday.
•Twelve of the last 24 meetings between
Clemson and NC State have been decided by
five points or less, or in overtime. Clemson
won over a 13th ranked (AP) NC State team at
Clemson, 60-55, in 2003-04. State won the year
before on Edward Scott's Senior Night, 63-60,
and took an 80-79 victory in 2001-02 on a last
second shot by Josh Powell. Clemson won by
a 72-69 score in 2000-01. The only meeting in
2005-06 went to double overtime in the Pack's
•NC State has a history of upsetting
Clemson teams in Raleigh. In 1996-97 Clemson
came to Raleigh ranked seventh in the nation.
The Pack was 0-8 in ACC play under first-year
NC State coach Herb Sendek. But, Sendek
came away with the victory over his former mentor,
Rick Barnes, 58-54.
•Three-point shooting has been a statistic
in NC State's favor over the last 10 meetings
with Clemson. During that time period, NC
State has won seven of the 10. NC State has
made 107-241 three-point shots (.444), while
Clemson has made just 49-155 (.316). That
means NC State has outscored Clemson 321-
147 in points off three-point goals over the last
10 games, an average margin of 17.4 points
However in the last two games, both
Clemson wins, the Tigers have made 20-44 for
a .455 figure, keys to the Clemson wins. NC
State is 14-26 from long distance for a .538
figure in the last two games, but the Tigers have
scored 18 more points on three-point shots in
those games. K.C. Rivers is 7 for 9 on three-
point shots in the last two meetings against the
Pack and is 8-13 in his career against NC State.
•One other game that trend did not
hold was Clemson's win in 2003-04 when the
Pack made just 6-37 three-point shots against
Oliver Purnell's Tigers. The 31 misses stand
as the most missed three-point attempts in a
game by an opponent in the history of Littlejohn
NOTES: Clemson at N.C. State
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