NOTES: Clemson at Maryland

Maryland holds an 87-45 lead in the series with Clemson, including a 92-87 victory at Maryland last year.

• Clemson gained its 20th overall victory and 8th in ACC play in its 79-69 win over Miami (FL) on Wednesday. Clemson has now won at least 20 games in consecutive seasons for just the second time in school history. The other two-year run was in 1979-80 and 1980-81.

• With the eighth win in ACC play achieved last Wednesday against Miami, Clemson has now clinched at least a break even season in league play. It is the most ACC wins for the Tigers since 1996-97 when Clemson was 9-7. This will be the 11th time in 55 years that Clemson has had a .500 or better record in ACC play.

• Clemson will play Maryland on the Terps "Senior Night". Clemson has won a road senior night game each of the last two years, both times at Virginia Tech. Clemson has won two road senior night games at Maryland over the years, 1962 and 1993.

• Cliff Hammonds played in his 80th Clemson victory when the Tigers defeated Miami (FL). He is now the second winningest player in Clemson history trailing only Elden Campbell who played in 84 wins from 1986-90.

• Clemson's senior class is also the second winningest senior class in Clemson history on a total victories basis with 80, trailing the senior of 1990 by four. The five players have a record of 80-47. In the four years prior to their arrival, Clemson was 50-67.

• A win at Maryland would give this group of seniors 10 ACC road wins. That would be a record. Many other classes have had nine, but no class has 10.

• Cliff Hammonds is shooting 50.7 percent from the field in ACC play this year, fifth best in the ACC for conference games only. He is averaging 14.1 points per game in ACC play, above his 12.0 overall average.

• K.C. Rivers has 141 steals and 120 turnovers for his career. He has a 50/28 ratio this year. Rivers is shooting 48.7 pecent from three-point range in ACC play, including the 4-5 outing against Miami. That is first in the ACC for conference games.

• Clemson had a 5-2 record in February, the best record for that month by a Tiger team since the 1989-90 team was 8-0. Clemson has six straight ACC home wins, longest streak since 1989-90 when Clemson won 13.

• A victory at Maryland would give Clemson nine ACC wins and 21 overall wins. Every ACC team in history with at least nine league wins and 20 overall wins has been selected for the NCAA Tournament.

• Only seven active Division I coaches have had a 20-win season at four schools. Two of the seven are Oliver Purnell and Gary Williams.

• Clemson begins its March schedule on Sunday. Oliver Purnell has a 10-9 record in March since he took over at Clemson in 2003-04. He is one of just two coaches in Clemson history with a winning record in March (min 2 games). Joe Davis was 6-2 in March from 1932-40.

THE SERIES
•Maryland holds an 87-45 lead in the series with Clemson, including a 92-87 victory at Maryland last year. That Maryland win broke Clemson's 17-game winning streak to open the season. The Terps also won the game at Clemson later in the season, 82-66.

•Clemson had won the last four meetings prior to last year. Three of the wins took place in 2004-05 when Clemson won at Clemson by an 88-73 score, won at Maryland 97-93 and in the ACC Tournament by an 84-72 score. Clemson won the lone contest between the two teams in 2005-06. So, Clemson's seniors are 4-2 against Maryland in their respective careers.

•Clemson holds a 33-26 lead in games played in Clemson, including a 20-19 lead in games played at Littlejohn Coliseum. Included in the 20 Clemson wins over Maryland at Littlejohn Coliseum is a 73-67 Tiger win in 1994, Cliff Ellis's last regular season game as Clemson head coach. At the conclusion of the game, he kissed the court.

•The Tigers have won nine games in history in College Park, six of them in Cole Field house and one at the Comcast Center. The Terps have dominated the series in College Park, winning 50 of the 59 games. Clemson ended a seven-game losing streak in College Park in 2004-05 under Oliver Purnell with a 97- 93 victory.

•Clemson's six wins in Cole Field house took place in 1961-62 (75-68), 1965-66 (81-69), 1975-76 (82-77), 1986-87 (80-79), 1992-93 (81-73) and 1996-97 (76-70). Clemson also won in College Park in 1939-40 (48-30) and 1949-50 (60-55). Clemson won at the Comcast Center for the first time in 2004-05, 97-93 on Feb.22. Two of the wins over Maryland in College Park, MD were on Senior Days, 1962 and 1993.

•Clemson had lost 13 straight to Maryland prior to 2004-05 when the current seniors were freshmen. The 13-game streak dated to the 1997-98 season in an overtime win at Clemson in Rick Barnes's last season. Nine of those 13 losses were by double digits, so Maryland had dominated the series from 1998-99 through 2003-04.

•Clemson swept Maryland in the regular season in 1996-97, a season in which the Tigers finished eighth in the final ESPN/USA Today Coach's poll, the highest final ranking in Clemson history. Both wins were over top 20 Maryland teams, the only time in history Clemson has defeated the same top 20 team twice in the same year. Clemson then lost to Maryland by 15 points in the ACC Tournament denying Clemson of a three-game sweep of the Terps.

•Seven years ago the two teams met at Clemson and it was a high scoring affair. Maryland held a 59-56 lead at halftime before winning, 104-92. Clemson made 13 three- point goals in that game, led by Will Solomon who made seven threes and scored 32 points.

•Clemson has played just two triple overtime games in its history and one of the games was against Maryland. That took place in 1983-84, Bill Foster's last year as Clemson coach. Lefty Driesell defeated the Tigers 66-65 in triple overtime on Feb. 18, 1984.

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