NOTES: Clemson at Florida State

Clemson is looking for its eighth ACC win of the year. An eighth league win would assure Clemson of at least a break even season in the ACC, something it has not done since 1996-97 when the Tigers were 9-7.

• Tuesday night will be a homecoming for Clemson senior Cliff Hammonds. His hometown of Cairo, GA is about 30 minutes from Tallahassee. Last year his family and friends watched him score the game-winning basket with 2.8 seconds left in Clemson's 68-66 victory. Clemson is 2-1 at Florida State in his career.

• Hammonds will be one of three Clemson student-athletes to receive an ACC postgraduate scholarship when the ACC has its academic awards banquet in April. He was recently named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team and is an academic All-America candidate.

• Clemson is looking for its eighth ACC win of the year. An eighth league win would assure Clemson of at least a break even season in the ACC, something it has not done since 1996-97 when the Tigers were 9-7. Clemson has finished with a .500 or better league record just 10 times in its previous 54 years in the ACC.

• A win on Tuesday would give Clemson 20 overall wins for the season. It would be the second straight year Clemson reached at least 20 wins. Clemson has had back to back 20 win seasons just one other time in its history, 1979-80 when Clemson was 23-9 and 1980-81 when Clemson was 20-11.

• K.C. Rivers led Clemson in scoring in the win at NC State with 17 points, including 15 in the second half. He scored five points in the last two minutes to key the win. Rivers is now 33-63 from three-point range in ACC play, a league best .524.

• James Mays, who got a homecoming win in Raleigh on Saturday, leads the ACC in offensive rebounds per game in league play with 45 in 11 games.

• Hammonds scored just nine points at NC State, but he is still averaging 18.4 points per game over the last five games. He has made 38 of his last 67 shots from the field, including 13-25 three-point shots.

• Clemson has had a double digit halftime lead in each of its last four games.

• As a team, Clemson has made 44 of 90 three-point shots over the last four games, a 49 percent clip. It has held the opposition to 18-65 on three-point shots for a .277 figure.

• Clemson has committed just 19 turnovers in its last two games, including just eight at NC State. It was the low turnover total in a game by the Tigers all year.

• Cliff Hammonds will tie Greg Buckner's Clemson record for consecutive games started when he makes his 122nd straight start at Florida State on Tuesday. He needs just 16 minutes played to become the third Clemson player in history to play 4000 minutes in a career.

• James Mays will play his 100th game on Tuesday.

The Series
•This is the 51st meeting between Clemson and Florida State in men's basketball. The Seminoles hold a 26-24 lead. Clemson won both regular season meetings last year, but FSU won the ACC Tournament game. Clemson won the first meeting this year in double overtime at Clemson. Clemson has won six of the last eight over the last three years.

•Clemson has a 13-6 record against Florida State in Littlejohn Coliseum and has won seven in a row, including the game this year. Florida State's last win at Clemson was during the 2000-01 season by a 75-63 score. Oliver Purnell is 5-0 at home against Florida State, the only ACC team he has beaten at home each of his five years at Clemson.

•The home team has won 17 of the last 20 games in the series.

•Twelve of the last 21 meetings have been decided by five points or less or in overtime, including the first meeting last year when Clemson won on shot by Cliff Hammonds with 2.8 seconds left, 68-66. Then, Florida State won 67-66 in the ACC tournament. Clemson won earlier this year in double overtime. That means three of the last four by two points or in overtime.

•Clemson has a 5-14 all-time record in Tallahassee, including 4-12 in the Leon Country Civic Center, now known as the Tucker Center. The wins came in 1961-62 (82-77), 1996-97 (76- 70), 1997-98 (78-49), in 2004-05 (56-54) and earlier this year, 68-66. So Oliver Purnell has two of the four wins at the Tucker Center.

•Seven of the 12 Clemson losses in Tallahassee at Leon County have been by six points or less and Florida State's largest margin of victory over Clemson in the Leon Country Civic Center is 13 points.

•Clemson's 78-49 victory in Tallahassee in 1997-98 is Clemson's second largest margin (29 points) of victory in an ACC road game in history. The record is the 31-point at Virginia earlier this year.

•Clemson's 78-45 win over Florida State at Littlejohn Coliseum in 1998-99 is the second largest margin of victory in Clemson history in an ACC game, trailing only a 34-point win over Duke in 1975-76.

•Over the last 29 meetings, Clemson has won 16 and Florida State has won 13. Florida State's average margin of victory over that time is 5.9 points per game (77 points in 13 wins) and Clemson's is 12.3 points per game (197-point margin over 16 wins.). Florida State has nine wins over Clemson by seven points or less during that time, and Clemson has five wins by six points or less over Florida State during that time. Clemson won a sixth by 12 points, but in double overtime earlier this year.

•Clemson and FSU first met in the 1952 Gator Bowl Tournament in Jacksonville, FL. The Tigers won 62-56 and in fact won the first three games of the series, one in Jacksonville, one in Charlotte and one in Clemson.

•Since Florida State joined the ACC in 1991-92, the Seminoles have won 21 of the 39 meetings. Clemson's top victory in that time came in the 1993 ACC Tournament in Charlotte. Clemson defeated a 10th-ranked Florida State team, 87-75. That victory, led by Clemson future NBA players Sharone Wright, Chris Whitney and Devin Gray, broke a 27-game Clemson losing streak in the Tournament as a lower seeded team. All three scored at least 20 points.

•Clemson is 2-4 against Florida State in the ACC Tournament. Each of Clemson's two wins over Florida State in the ACC Tournament came in seasons the Tigers lost both regular season games to the Seminoles. Florida State beat Clemson in the ACC Tournament last year after the Tigers had won twice in the regular season. In each of the six ACC Tournament meetings, the team that lost the most recent regular season meeting came back to win the ACC Tournament game. Top Stories