NOTES: Tigers host P.C. Friday

Clemson opens its 2009-10 season Friday night against Presbyterian.

Site: Littlejohn Coliseum (10,000)
Date: Friday, Nov. 13, 2009
City: Clemson, SC
Time: 8:00 PM
TV: None
Radio: Clemson Tiger Sports Properties
(Pete Yanity - play-by-play, Tim Bourret - color)
Web: TigerCast (
(Roy Philpott - play-by-play, Alex Welp - color)
Rankings: Clemson: #24 AP, #24 ESPN/USA Today

Overall: Clemson leads 54-18-1
at Clemson: Clemson leads 32-8-1
at Littlejohn: Clemson leads 5-0
at Presbyterian College: Clemson leads 22-10
at Neutral: None played
First Meeting: Tie, 39-39, in 1915-16
Last Meeting: Clemson, 79-58, in 2008-09
Streak: Clemson has won five in a row

• Clemson and Presbyterian College will meet in the season opener for the first time since the 1954-55 season. The Tigers hold a 54-18-1 lead in the series that dates to 1915-16, the fifth year of Clemson basketball.

• The Tigers defeated the Blue Hose 79-58 last season. Trevor Booker scored a season-high 25 points in the win, while Jerai Grant added 11.

• Clemson has an overall record of 94-15 in its history during the month of November. Under Head Coach Oliver Purnell, the Tigers have won 26 consecutive games dating to his second year with the program (2004-05). Clemson was 5-0 in November of 2005, 8-0 in 2006, 6-0 in 2007, and 7-0 last November.

• Clemson won its exhibition game on Friday, Nov. 6, by a score of 99-51 over Francis Marion. Freshman guard Noel Johnson led three players in double figures. He scored 19 points on 7-10 shooting (3-6 from three-point range).

• Tanner Smith added 16 points in the exhibition win, while David Potter posted 10 and three steals. Fourteen players participated for Clemson, but no player logged more than 22 minutes in the game.

• Clemson is ranked No. 24 in the preseason Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today coaches' polls. It marks the first time since 1997 the Tiger program has been ranked in either of the national preseason polls. The Tigers were ranked among the final top-25 teams by the AP each of the last two seasons.

• Over the last three years alone, Clemson has totaled 72 wins, third-best in the ACC behind only Duke and North Carolina.

• The Tigers were picked to finish third in the ACC by the league media, the highest predicted finish for Clemson since 1997-98.

• Clemson has three announced sellouts so far for the 2009-10 season, all conference games. Tilts against Boston College (Jan. 9), North Carolina (Jan. 13) and Duke (Jan. 23) are officially sold out.

• Trevor Booker was named to the preseason All-ACC team at the conference media day. The senior forward has also been tabbed a preseason All-American by Basketball Times,,, and Blue Ribbon. Booker is one of 50 players on the preseason watch list for the Naismith Trophy and Wooden Award as well.

• Booker is the ACC's active leader in both rebounds (792) and blocked shots (204). He is Clemson's top returning scorer (15.3 ppg) from a year ago.

• The Bookers will be the first brother combination to play for Clemson since Horace and Harvey Grant in 1984-85. Trevor's younger brother, Devin, will make his debut in a Tiger uniform Friday evening.

• Demontez Stitt returns for his third season as the Tigers' starting point guard. He has started 52 of 64 career games in his two years with the program. Last season, he ranked sixth in the ACC in assists per game and a/to ratio.

The Blue Hose are coming off the 2008-09 season in which they posted a 12-17 overall record (9-9 in the Big South). PC was picked 10th in the preseason Big South poll, largely due to the fact that their top three returing players are red-shirting the 2009-10 season.

Head Coach Gregg Nibert and his staff decided to red-shirt Al'Lonzo Coleman, Josh Johnson and Pierre Miller this season. The reason why is because PC is in its third year of the NCAA Division I transition process, meaning the 2011-12 season will be the first the school will be eligible for postseason play. Coleman, Johnson, and Miller combined to average nearly 33 points per game. The trio will be red-shirt seniors in 2011-12.

PC won its exhibition game over North Greenville on Nov. 5 by a score of 60-57. The Blue Hose were led by sophomore Chase Holmes, who tallied 21 points in 35 minutes of play. Jake Troyli added 10 in the victory. Top Stories