Postseason On the Line

Clemson has won consecutive ACC games for the first time since last year and now stands on the brink of postseason play headed into Saturday's game against the Florida State Seminoles. The Tigers need one more win to insure themselves of winning record for the first time since the 1998-99 season.

Clemson vs. Florida State Notes
Last Outing
Clemson 73, Virginia 64
Feb. 18, 2003 at Charlottesville, FL

Edward Scott scored a season high 32 points and Chey Christie added 16 to lead Clemson to a 73-64 win over Virginia on Feb. 18, 2003. It was Clemson's first ACC road win of the year and just the fourth time in the last 25 years that Clemson had defeated the Cavaliers in Charlottesville. It gave Clemson a sweep on the season series against Virginia, just the second Clemson sweep in the last five years.

Scott scored his 32 points on 11-23 field goals, 3-6 three-point shots and 7-10 from the foul line. He also had a season high eight rebounds and led the team in assists with four. It was the second time this year that he had led Clemson in all three areas in the same game.

Christie scored his 16 points on 7-14 shooting, and he also had five rebounds and four steals in his 37 minutes. He had just one turnover in that career high playing time. Fourteen of his 16 points came in the first half.

Tomas Nagys led Clemson's bench scoring with 11 points and four rebounds. All four of his rebounds were offensive and he did not have a turnover in his 23 minutes of play. Shawan Robinson also scored seven points off the bench, giving Clemson an 18-0 advantage in bench scoring for the game.

Clemson won the rebound margin (44-42) and had 19 points off turnovers to just eight for Virginia. Clemson committed just eight turnovers in the game, tied for its low total on offensive all season. Both teams failed to shoot 40 percent from the field, quite a turnaround from the first meeting when both teams shot at least 55 percent from the field. Clemson held the Cavs to 34.4 percent field goal shooting. Virginia's bench was 0-8 for the night.

Both teams came out with a high level of proficiency on offense. Virginia took a 7-2 lead just two minutes into the game, forcing Clemson Coach Larry Shyatt to take a timeout. The Tigers then went on an 18-5 run to take a 20-12 lead at the 14:25 mark. Edward Scott and Chey Christie combined for 18 of the first 20 Clemson points.

Virginia cut the margin back to two points at 22-20 before Clemson went on a 9-0 run to take a 31-20 lead with 5:29 left. The Tigers held a 41-32 lead at intermission. Virginia scored the first five points of the second half to cut the margin to four and it appeared the Cavaliers would continue their momentum. But, Chris Hobbs scored to put Clemson back up by six at 43-37. It became a defensive struggle for the next eight minutes. Clemson made just four of its first 22 shots of the second half, yet held onto a doubledigit lead. Clemson had its largest lead at 59-46 with 7:15 remaining on a jumper by Sharrod Ford.

Virginia cut the margin to four points twice inside the last two minutes, but could not get any closer. After Virginia cut the lead to 68-64 with 1:30 left, Clemson went on a 5-0 run to end the game.

Scott Achieves Triple Leadership
Edward Scott led or tied for the Clemson team lead in scoring, rebounding and assists in the win over Virginia on Feb. 18. It marked the second time this year that Scott had led the Tigers in all three areas in the same game, something we call a "Triple Leadership."

It is another example of Scott's all-around abilities and his contributions to the Clemson team this year. He also had a "Triple Leadership" at NC State on Feb. 2. Scott is the first Clemson player in history to have a "Triple Leadership" twice in the same season. He also joins Terrell McIntyre and David Angel as the only players in Clemson history to do it twice over a career.

McIntyre did it twice in his career, once at NC State his senior year and once as a junior in a home game against Maryland. McIntyre nearly had a triple double in that Maryland game in December of 1997, scoring 21 points, dealing out nine assists and pulling down nine rebounds. It is the closest a Clemson guard has ever come to triple double.

Leading Clemson in all three areas in the same game is rare. It has been done just 12 times since Clemson began keeping assists in 1968-69. It is interesting to note that the last four "Triple Leaderships" have come on an opponent's home floor. Each of the first eight happened in a game at Clemson.

Tigers Earn Sweep of Virginia
When Clemson defeated Virginia on Feb. 18 in Charlottesville, it gave the Tigers a sweep of the regular season series with the Cavaliers. This marked the first Clemson sweep of the Cavaliers since the 1996-97 season, the year Clemson finished a program high #8 in the final USA Today Coach's poll. The sweep of the Cavaliers is the second for the Clemson program under Larry Shyatt. Clemson's only other regular season sweep in the last five years was against NC State in 1999-00.

The sweep of Virginia is the 47th in school history. Clemson has swept Virginia more than any other school (12), with Wake Forest ranking second with nine. Even though Clemson has never won in Chapel Hill, the Tigers have swept North Carolina. That took place in 1963-64 when the Tigers won at Clemson and in Charlotte at the North-South Doubleheader.

The list below includes three sweeps of South Carolina, who dropped out of the ACC starting with the 1972-73 season. Clemson has taken two games from the Gamecocks five times in a year since they left the ACC. Clemson has just one more chance for a sweep this year. The Tigers won the first meeting with Georgia Tech and will travel to Atlanta to face the Yellow Jackets on March 8. The Clemson record for sweeps in one year is five, set in 1986-87, a Clemson team that featured both Horace Grant and Elden Campbell.

Clemson Wins at Virginia
Clemson's win at Virginia was landmark in many ways. It was just the fourth win for Clemson in the last 25 years in Charlottesville. It could be a good omen for Larry Shyatt's club as only special Clemson teams have won at Virginia over the last 25 years. The only other Clemson teams to win at University Hall during this time period are teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

The 1986-87 team was victorious 94-90 in overtime. That team went on to win a school record 25 games. The 1989-90 team won in Charlottesville 76-70. That team went on to a 10-4 league record and won Clemson's only regular season ACC title in history. The 1996-97 Clemson team under Rick Barnes won in Charlottesville 62-52. That Clemson team ended the season ranked #8 in the nation by USA Today, Clemson's highest final ranking in any poll.

Tigers Stand 14-8 After 22 Games
Clemson started the season with a 9-0 record, its best start since the 1995-96 team started 11-0. The Tigers are now 14-8 after 22 games. This is Clemson's best record 22 games into the season since the 1996-97 season when Clemson was 18-4 after 22 games. Clemson's best ever record after 22 games is 20-2, set by the 1986-87 team that ended the year 25-6.

This Clemson team is actually in better shape record wise than the last Clemson team that went to the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers were just 12-10 overall in 1997-98 after 22 games. But, that Clemson team ended the season with six wins in its last nine games to make the NCAA Tournament with an 18-13 overall record. That Clemson team was 8-10 against ACC teams that year (including ACC Tournament play).

Tigers Have Consecutive ACC Wins
Clemson has won consecutive ACC games for the first time since last year. Clemson won its first two league games a year ago, at Georgia Tech followed by a home win against Virginia. Clemson has now defeated North Carolina at home and won on the road at Virginia.

Clemson will be looking for a third straight ACC win when Florida State comes to town on Saturday. Clemson has not won three ACC games in a row in regular season play since the 1996-97 season when Clemson won its first five league games. Clemson beat three straight ACC teams in 1997-98, as Clemson won its last two regular season games against NC State and Georgia Tech, then defeated Wake Forest in the ACC Tournament.

Scott Has 78 Points Last Three Games
Clemson senior Edward Scott has scored 78 points over his last three games. The native of Eastover, SC had 21 in a loss to South Carolina on Feb. 12, then had 25 in a victory over North Carolina on Feb. 15. He followed that up with 32 in a victory at Virginia. He has raised his season average from 16.4 to 17.7 with the recent flurry.

Scott's point total is the most over a three-game period since Will Solomon had 81 over a three-game set against Wake Forest (30), Georgia Tech (41) and Virginia (10) during the 2000-01 season.

During this three-game stretch, Scott has played all but one minute, shot 25-55 from the field (.455), 9-15 on three-point shots (.600) and 19-25 from the foul line (.760). He has 15 rebounds and nine assists.

Scott Has been ACC's Ironman
Clemson guard Edward Scott is truly the ironman of the ACC. So far this season he has played the complete game 10 times, more than any other ACC player by far. In fact, all the other players in the ACC combined have played the complete game just 12 times this year. Scott has now played the complete game 17 times in his career. That is quite a statement considering he missed six games his freshman year due to various injuries.

Scott has now played 3741 minutes in his career, fifth on the all-time Clemson list. The only players who have seen more action are Terrell McIntyre, Grayson Marshall, Greg Buckner and Vincent Hamilton. Scott is second in terms of minutes per game. His 35.3 minutes over his career are second only to Butch Zatezalo, who played 38.2 minutes per game between 1967-70.

ACC Standings Bunched
The ACC standings are bunched for the first time in many years. Clemson is right in the thick of it. A win over Florida State and Clemson could move to as high as fifth in the league standings with a 5-7 record. Right now there is just a six-game difference in the loss column between first place Wake Forest and last place Florida State. The closest the league standings have been since the ACC went to a nine-team format was in 1994 when there was just a seven game difference between first and last. That year Clemson had a 6-10 regular season record, but still had to play in the 8 vs. 9 game. In 1997-98 Florida State had a 6-10 league record and made the NCAA Tournament.

The overall record for the fewest games between first and last in the regular season ACC standings is six games. That happened three times, 1977-78, 1978-79 and 1984-85. Each of the last five years there has been at least a 10-game difference in the league victory total between the first and last place team.

Nagys Leading Bench Scoring
Clemson's bench has outscored the opposition's bench 43-8 over the last two games. Clemson frontcourt player Tomas Nagys has had a lot to do with that. The senior from Lithuania has scored in double figures in consecutive games for the first time in his career. He scored 15 in the win over North Carolina and 11 in the victory at Virginia. He has accounted for 26 of Clemson's 43 bench points over the last two games.

In the last two games, Nagys has made 6-10 field goals and 13-17 free throws. He has 10 rebounds, but nine of them are offensive. He has just two turnovers in his 46 minutes of play over the last two games. For the season, Nagys has made 62.8 percent of his field goals and 77.3 percent of his free throws, best on the Clemson team in both areas. He has 90 points in 210 minutes, meaning he scores a point every 2.3 minutes. Only Edward Scott is better at 2.17.

Clemson Defense Continues to Improve
Clemson continued its improvement in terms of defense in the win over Virginia. Clemson held the Cavaliers to 34.4 percent field goal shooting (21-61). That was the best field goal percentage defense against Virginia all year. Indiana had held Virginia to 35.1 percent shooting in a game early in the year. Virginia entered the game with the best field goal percentage in the ACC in league games.

Over the last four games Clemson has held the opposition to 90-239 from the field, a .377 shooting mark. The streak started when Clemson held Duke to .339 shooting in Cameron Indoor Stadium. That was Duke's low field goal percentage shooting game in over three year. The Tigers held North Carolina to exactly 40 percent in Clemson's 80-77 victory a week ago.

Clemson vs. Florida State Series
* This is the 39th meeting between Clemson and Florida State in men's basketball. The Seminoles hold a 22-16 lead. The two teams have met three times a year each of the last two years. Clemson won two of three meetings two years ago, but Florida State came back to win two of three last year. The two teams met twice within a three-game period a year ago when they played near the end of the regular season, then in the ACC Tournament last year.

* Florida State won in Tallahassee earlier this year by a 60-59 score. Anthony Richardson scored two free throws 0.4 seconds left to defeat the Tigers. Clemson won the last meeting at Clemson, 87-78 behind a 36-point performance from Edward Scott.

* Seven of the last 10 meetings have been decided by five points or less or in overtime. * Clemson has a 3-12 all-time record in Tallahassee, including 2-10 in the Leon Country Civic Center. The wins came in 1961-62 (82-77), 1996-97 (76-70) and 1997-98 (78-49). Florida State has beaten Clemson by six points or less seven of the last nine games at the Leon County Coliseum. In fact, seven of the 10 Clemson losses in Tallahassee have been by six points or less and Florida State's largest margin of victory over Clemson in the Leon Country Civic Center is 12 points, 102-90) in 1991-92, Clemson's first appearance in the building.

* Larry Shyatt has lost five games by 19 points in Tallahassee in his five trips to Tallahassee. *Clemson's 78-45 win over Florida State at Littlejohn Coliseum in 1998-99 is the second largest margin of victory in Clemson history in an ACC game.

* Over the last 17 meetings, Clemson has won eight times and Florida State has won nine times. Florida State's average margin of victory over that time is 4.7 points per game (42 points in nine wins) and Clemson's is 16.8 points per game (134-point margin over eight wins). Florida State has eight wins over Clemson by seven points or less during that time, and Clemson has just two wins by six points or less during that time.

* Clemson and FSU first met in the 1952 Gator Bowl Tournament in Jacksonville, FL. The Tigers won 62-56 and in fact won the first three games of the series, one in Jacksonville, one in Charlotte and one in Clemson.

* Since Florida State joined the ACC in 1991-92, the Seminoles have won 18 of the 27 meetings. Clemson's top victory in that time came in the 1993 ACC Tournament in Charlotte. Clemson defeated a 10th-ranked Florida State team, 87-75. That victory, led by Clemson future NBA players Sharone Wright, Chris Whitney and Devin Gray, broke a 27-game Clemson losing streak in the Tournament as a lower seeded team. All three scored at least 20 points.

*Clemson is 2-2 against Florida State in the ACC Tournament, including 1-2 under Larry Shyatt. Each of Clemson's two wins over Florida State in the ACC Tournament came in seasons the Tigers lost both regular season games to the Seminoles.

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