NOTES: Miami at Clemson

Clemson is coming off a seven day layoff entering Wednesday night's game against the Miami Hurricanes.

QUICK FACTS
• Last year Miami came to Clemson on February 28 and the Tigers were looking for their 20th victory of the season. Clemson won 74-70 in overtime. This year Miami comes to Clemson on Feb. 27 and the Tigers are again looking for their 20th win of the season.

• Miami has won six of the last seven games between the two schools. The only Clemson victory in the series since 1996 took place last year at Clemson when the Tigers gained a 74-70 victory.

• Clemson won the first five gams of the series, but Miami has won six of the last seven.

• Clemson is coming off a seven day layoff entering Wednesday night's game. Clemson is 3-0 this year with at least six days to prepare.

• 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 Wednesday 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.

• Clemson is coming off its worst shooting game of the year in terms of overall field goal shooting (.308) and three-point shooting (3-27 for .111). Clemson forced 21 Florida State turnovers and committed just 11, but lost the game.

• Clemson has not lost consecutive ACC games this year and has lost two in a row at any time just once (Jan. 6-9 vs. North Carolina and Charlotte).

• Clemson has won five straight ACC home games since the overtime loss to North Carolina on Jan. 6.

• If Clemson gains victory Wednesday it would be the 80 win that Cliff Hammonds has played over his career. Elden Campbell (84) is the only other Tiger to play in at least 80 victories.

• Cliff Hammonds will break Greg Buckner's Clemson record for consecutive games started when he makes his 123rd straight start against Maimi on Wednesday. He already has the record for total starts (125).

• Clemson has a 7-5 ACC record, the first time Clemson has won at least seven of its first 12 ACC games since the Tigers were 8-4 at this point in 1996-97.

• Three of the top four three-point goal scorers in the ACC will be on the court on Wednesday. Jack McClinton is first with 2.79 per game, Clemson's Terrence Oglesby is third with 2.46 per game and Clemson's K.C. Rivers is fourth at 2.38. Rivers needs just six 3-point goals to join Terrell McIntyre, Will Solomon and Cliff Hammonds with 200 career made threes.

THE SERIES
•The series between Clemson and Miami is tied at 6-6. Clemson won the first five games of the series, then lost the next five. Clemson finally broke the streak with a 74-70 overtime victory last year at Clemson on Senior Day. Miami won the contest earlier this year in Miami by a 75-72 score.

•Miami (FL) has a 5-1 edge since the Hurricanes joined the ACC. All of those matchups have been between the current head coach, Frank Haith of Miami and Oliver Purnell of Clemson. Five of the six games between the two coaches have been decided by six points or less.

•Clemson won the first five games in the series, which began with a 98-96 Tiger victory on January 5, 1956 at the Senior Bowl Tournament in Mobile, AL.

•The Hurricanes swept Clemson in 2004-05 and won two games in 2005-06, a regular season win at Clemson and the ACC Tournament contest.

•Five of Miami (FL)'s six wins over the Tigers have been by six points or less. The only large margin in Miami's favor took place in 2005-06 in Miami (FL), a 62-38 Hurricanes win. That is the fewest points scored by the Tigers in the Oliver Purnell era.

•Based on the previous meetings we could have a close game on Wednesday. Ten of the 12 previous meetings have been decided by six points or less, or in overtime.

•Five of the 12 previous meetings between the two teams have taken place on neutral sites in tournaments. Four have come in regular season tournaments and one in an ACC Tournament.

•In addition to the first meeting in Mobile, Clemson won the second meeting in 1959 at the Steel City Tournament in Pittsburgh, PA and the third meeting, in 1966-67, at the Volunteer Classic in Knoxville. The two teams played a home-and-home non-conference series in 1994-95 and 1995-96, Rick Barnes first two years as Clemson head coach. Clemson won both of those games.

•Clemson won the first meeting with Miami on January 5, 1956 in the consolation round of the Senior Bowl Tournament, 98-96. Vince Yockel led the Tigers with 30 points, while Tom Cameron added 20. Clemson had five players in double figures and two more with eight. Miami had five players with at least 16 points, yet lost the game.

•Clemson won the second meeting between the two schools in Pittsburgh on December 13, 1958 by a 66-61 score in the first round of the Steel City Tournament. Bill Warren, a native of Pennsylvania, had a fine homecoming with 19 points to lead the Tigers, who also got 18 points from Doug Hoffman.

•Clemson won the third meeting with Miami on December 16, 1966, a 73-64 overtime victory. Clemson outscored Miami 9-0 in the overtime. Jim Sutherland led the Tigers with 20 points, while Randy Mahaffey added 19 points and 10 rebounds. Richie Mahaffey also scored 19 points. Miami had three players register a double-double, yet lost the game.

•Clemson has six wins in its history over Miami and three are in overtime. What is unusual is the margin of victory in those three games. Clemson won in overtime over the Hurricanes by a 73-64 score in Knoxville in 1966- 67, then won by a 14-point score in overtime (66-52) on December 23, 1995. That was Rick Barnes' second year as Clemson coach.

•In 15 minutes of overtime vs. Miami, Clemson has out-scored the Hurricanes 38-11. Clemson won the first two overtime games against Miami by a 23-0 overtime score. Clemson outscored Miami 9-0 in the overtime of its extra session victory in 1966, and by a 14-0 score in its overtime win in Miami in 1995. Clemson won the overtime period last year at Clemson, 15-11.

•Clemson won the first meeting between the Tigers and the Hurricanes at Clemson on Dec. 20, 1994. Rayfield Ragland played the game of his life in that Tiger victory as he had 26 points in just 22 minutes. He made 11-15 shots from the field and 4-6 three- point shots off the bench. Greg Buckner added 15 points, five steals and eight rebounds off 7-7 shooting from the field. That performance was part of his record 16 consecutive made field goals during that season.

•Clemson won the first ever meeting at Miami on December 23, 1995 by a 66-52 score. Andrius Jurkunas, then a freshman, led the Tigers with 19 points, while Merl Code added 14. Clemson shot 10-20 on three-point goals, just 6-24 inside the arc, but made 24-30 free throws. Clemson's defense held Miami to 27.2 percent field goal shooting.

EARLIER THIS YEAR
Dwayne Collins scored 18 points and added 12 rebounds and Miami out-rebounded Clemson 53-37, including 23-14 in offensive rebounds in the Hurricanes 75-72 win over Clemson on January 27 in Coral Gables, FL.

Clemson held Miami (FL) to 33 percent field goal shooting, but the Hurricanes scored 16 second- chance points and committed just 10 turnovers. It was Miami's third straight win over Clemson in Miami and fifth win in the last six meetings in the series.

Demontez Stitt led the Tigers with 15 points, while James Mays scored 14, including 6-7 field goal shooting in the second half. Cliff Hammonds had eight points and nine rebounds, including seven defensive rebounds, but the rebound category was a problem for the Tigers. It was the worst rebound margin all year for Clemson, who entered the game third in the ACC in rebounding. But, top rebounder Trevor Booker suffered a sprained left ankle after playing just six minutes. and could not return. That obviously had an impact on Clemson's rebound numbers.

Miami had four players in double figures. In addition to Collins career game, Jack McClinton scored 16, including four three-point goals, and Lance Hurdle added 14. Brian Asbury scored 11 off the bench thanks to 7-8 free throw shooting. The Hurricanes shot 25-29 from the foul line for the game, including 14-16 in the second half.

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