• 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 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
•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
•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 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
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
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
NOTES: Miami at Clemson
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