Entering this week, the Tigers had a grand total of four players that made the first team in the tournament's previous 54 four years. That breaks down to one player for every 13 and half years.
This year, Trevor Booker and K.C. Rivers each were chosen to the first team. North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough was the tournament's MVP, while teammates Wayne Ellington and Marcus Ginyard rounded out the first team.
The Tigers were well represented on the second team, too. James Mays and Cliff Hammonds were voted in, as were Virginia Tech's A.D. Vassallo and Malcolm Delaney, and Duke's DeMarcus Nelson.
CHAMPIONSHIP HIGHS: Clemson and North Carolina combined for 23 steals, the most ever in a championship game since the statistic was first kept in 1976. … The Tigers tied a championship game record with 14 steals. …
Rivers had six steals, the second-highest amount for a championship game. North Carolina's Dudley Bradley in 1979 and Duke's Christian Laettner in 1992 each had seven. … Rivers attempted 12 3-point shots, which is tied for the second most in the finals with North Carolina's Donald Williams and Duke's J.J. Redick. Wake Forest's Randolph Childress attempted 17 in his team's win over the Tar Heels in 1995. …
Rivers' six made 3-pointers were the fourth-best in the finals. … The 49 points scored by Rivers in the tournament are the second-most ever by a Tiger. Jim Brennan had 70 in 1962.
CHAMPIONSHIP LOWS: Clemson's free throw shooting percentage of .538 was the worst ever for a championship game. North Carolina's .583 is the sixth worst. … The two teams combined for the worst free throw shooting percentage in a final game at 56 percent. …
North Carolina is 14-1 against Clemson in tournament games. … The Tigers are 0-17 against the tournament's top seed. … The Tigers are now 16-55 in the tournament.
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