* Clemson Head Coach Oliver Purnell joins former Georgia Tech coach Bobby Cremins as the only coaches in ACC history to take a program to a better winning percentage in five consecutive years. Cremins did it from 1980-81 through the 1986-87 season.
* Clemson finished the year with 23 wins, tied for the fifth
highest total in school history. The .719 winning percentage ranks in a tie
for fourth best in school history and the best since the 1989-90 team was
24-8 for a .750 winning percentage.
* The 23 victories gave Clemson at least 20 wins for the third
straight year, a first in Clemson history. Clemson has 72 wins over the
last three years, third among ACC teams behind North Carolina and Duke.
* Clemson finished the year ranked 24th in the final Associated
Press poll. It marks the second consecutive year Clemson has been ranked in
the final AP poll, the first time in history Clemson has finished in the top
25 in any poll in consecutive years.
* Clemson was ranked in the AP poll for 14 consecutive weeks and
in the USA Today poll for 13 consecutive weeks, the second longest streak of
weeks in the top 25 in the same season in Clemson history and most since
1996-97 team was ranked in all 19 polls. Clemson reached a high ranking of
#9 in the USA Today poll on Feb. 9, the highest ranking for the program
since the 1997-98 season.
* Clemson was selected for the NCAA Tournament for the second
consecutive year, joining Duke and North Carolina as the only ACC schools to
make the tournament each of the last two years. It is just the third time
in Clemson history that Clemson has gone to the NCAAs in consecutive years.
* Clemson won 10 games away from home, including seven on the
opponent¹s home court. The 10 wins away from home were the most since the
1996-97 team won a record 11. The seven road wins were the most since the
1986-87 team won eight on the opponent¹s home court.
* Clemson had a winning ACC record in regular season play (9-7).
Coupled with last year¹s 10-6 ACC record, this marks the first time since
the 1965-66 and 1966-67 seasons that Clemson has had consecutive wining
seasons in ACC play.
* Clemson defeated five NCAA tournament teams during the regular
season in Duke, Maryland, Boston College, Temple and Illinois. It is the
most wins over NCAA Tournament teams in the regular season for the Clemson
program since 1997-98. One of the wins was a 29-point victory over
Maryland, the largest margin of victory in Clemson history over the Terps,
and tied for the largest margin of victory for a Clemson team against an ACC
team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Clemson defeated Florida State
in 1997-98 by 29 points.
* Clemson defeated a third-ranked Duke team on Feb. 4 by 27
points, the largest victory margin for the Tigers against the Blue Devils
since 1975 and the first regular season win for the Tigers against the Blue
Devils since 1997. It was the highest ranked team Clemson has defeated
since 2001 when Clemson defeated a number-one ranked North Carolina team.
The 27-point victory margin was the largest in Clemson history against a
team ranked in the top 25.
* Clemson finished the regular season with a 14-0 record against
non-conference teams, one of just eight Division I teams with a perfect
non-conference record. The others were Pittsburgh, UCONN, North Carolina,
Wake Forest, Minnesota, Illinois State and Stanford.
* Clemson¹s 10-point win over Boston College in Boston on Feb. 10
was just the third ACC road win over an ACC team that finished the year with
a winning record in the last 22 years. Boston College finished the ACC
regular season with a 9-7 record and went to the NCAA tournament.
* The Tigers posted a 4-4 ACC road record this year, the most ACC
road wins in a season for the Clemson program since 1996-97.
* The Tigers won seven regular season ACC games by double digits,
the most regular season league wins by 10 points or more in Clemson history.
* Statistically, Clemson finished the year with a +10.3 average
margin of victory, third best in school history. Clemson¹s .688 free throw
percentage was the third best for the program in the last 22 years.
Clemson¹s .374 three-point percentage was the fourth best in school history.
* Clemson¹s senior class of K.C. Rivers, Raymond Sykes and Jesse
Yanutola finished their careers with 91 victories, a Clemson record for a
four-year class. The previous record was 84. The class also had a record 33
ACC regular season wins and 12 ACC road wins. The .679 winning percentage
is second best in Clemson history behind the seniors of 1979-80.
* Head Coach Oliver Purnell was named the NCAA District III Coach
of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Writers and was one of
10 finalists for the Hank Iba Award.
* Trevor Booker led the ACC in field goal percentage and
rebounding, the first ACC player to do that since Tim Duncan in 1996-97.
He is the first ACC underclassman to do it since Dale Davis of Clemson in
1989-90. (It will be virtually impossible for any ACC player to overtake
him in either category in the postseason.)
* Booker was named second-team All-ACC, first-team All-District
and first-team All-ACC Defense this year.
* Booker finishes his junior year with 1,239 points, the fifth
highest total in Clemson history for a junior. He is already seventh in
school history in career rebounds with 792 and will need just 208 rebounds
his senior year to become the third player in Clemson history with at least
1000 rebounds, joining all-time greats Tree Rollins and Dale Davis. Booker
is already first in Clemson history in rebounds among players 6-7 or
* Booker will enter his senior year with a .576 field goal
percentage for his career, fifth best in school history. He also stands
fifth in career blocked shots with 204.
* K.C. Rivers leaves Clemson as the school¹s career leader in
victories (91), ACC wins (35), three-point goals (281) and tied for first
in games played (134). He is third in steals (210), fourth in double figure
scoring games (90), fourth in field goals (625), sixth in career scoring
(1684), and 11th in rebounding (721). He is first among Clemson players 6-5
and under in rebounding.
* Rivers finished his career with 210 steals and 174 turnovers,
just the second player in Clemson history to complete a career with more
steals than turnovers (Sean Tyson 1987-91).
* Freshman guard Andre Young finished the year with a 2.87/1
assist/turnover ratio (66/23), the second best assist/turnover ratio in
* Raymond Sykes finished his career with 102 career blocked
shots, ninth best in Clemson history. He played in 85 victories, second on
the Clemson all-time list.
* Terrence Oglesby made 92 three-point goals in 2008-09, fourth
highest single season total in school history. Oglesby enters his junior
year sixth in school history in three-point goals with 177.
* Demontez Stitt took 18 charges this year, tied for sixth best
in Clemson history and most by any Clemson player since Jerry Pryor had 21
Final basketball notes
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