G 12 Rod Hall 9.4 PPG, 2.5 RPG
G 21 Damarcus Harrison 9.4 PPG, 3.5 RPG
F 15 Donte Grantham 10.1 PPG, 4.7 RPG
F 05 Jaron Blossomgame 13.3 PPG, 8.2 RPG
C 50 Sidy Djitte 2.3 PPG, 3.7 RPG
Jaron Blossomgame -- One of the top young players in the ACC, Blossomgame leads the Tigers in scoring and rebounding.
The win over Wake Forest was the second-latest game-deciding play in school history; only Sharrod Ford’s buzzer-beating dunk against Virginia Tech in 2005 occurred later.
In the win over the Demon Deacons, Clemson overcame a 12-point second half deficit. It was Clemson’s largest deficit overcome in a home win since the Tigers trailed NC State by 19 in 2011 but rallied to win.
Saturday’s game was the eighth time under Brad Brownell the Tigers overcame a double-digit deficit since 2010.
Clemson’s defense has been among the ACC’s best in conference play. The Tigers are No. 1 in three-point percentage defense (.303) in league games, and second in scoring defense (61.1) and field goal percentage defense (.400).
Donte Grantham (10.1 ppg) is attempting to become only the 12th freshman in school history to average double figures over the course of a season.
In the Tigers’ last game, Rod Hall (355 assists) and Landry Nnoko (115 blocks) moved into 10th place on Clemson’s respective all-time lists.
TIGERS OWN FOUR TOP-75 RPI WINS
Clemson has posted four wins this season over teams currently in the top 75 of the official RPI according to NCAAsports.com.
Arkansas is No. 23 and LSU is No. 38 in the latest RPI. The Tigers beat both teams by three. In ACC play, the Tigers own wins over No. 69 Syracuse and No. 75 Pitt.
Wednesday’s game presents another opportunity for the Tigers, as NC State was rated No. 45 in Tuesday’s official RPI.
On consecutive Saturdays, first on Jan. 10 and then Jan. 17, Clemson snapped winning streaks of at least six games by Pittsburgh and Syracuse.
On Jan. 10, the Tigers broke Pitt’s six-game win streak with a convincing 71-62 victory at Petersen Events Center.
One week later on Jan. 17, Clemson knocked off Syracuse 66-53 at home to break the Orange’s seven-game streak.
Rebounding was the key factor in both wins, as Clemson combined to a +27 figure in the two games combined.
TIGERS CLAIM RARE NON-CONFERENCE TOP-25 WIN AT HOME
Just how unusual was Clemson’s win over No. 18 Arkansas on Dec. 7? It was only the second win at home in program history over a top-25 non- conference team.
Prior to the win over the Razorbacks, Clemson’s only previous win over a non-conference ranked team was in 1997 over No. 6 South Carolina, 62-57.
CLEMSON DEFENSE COMING ON STRONG IN ACC PLAY
With the calendar turning to conference games, Clemson’s defense has gradually improved this season.
In ACC games only, the Tigers are No. 1 in defending the three (.303) and No. 2 in scoring defense (61.1 ppg) and field goal percentage defense (.400).
Four of Clemson’s seven ACC opponents have shot less than 40 percent, including Wake Forest, who shot a season-low 31.1 percent on Jan. 24.
HALL HAS 63 CONSECUTIVE STARTS AT POINT GUARD
Senior point guard Rod Hall has started 63 consecutive games (and 94 overall) for Clemson.
Hall’s streak is the longest by a Tiger since Trevor Booker started all 134 games of his career from 2006-10.
ACC’S MOST IMPROVED
Jaron Blossomgame ranks third among ACC players in most improved scoring average from 2013-14 to 2014-15.
Last season as a freshman, Blossomgame averaged 4.9 points per game while starting 30 contests.
So far this season, he has bumped his scoring average by 8.4 per contest to a team-leading 13.3 average. Only Rakeem Christmas (Syracuse) and Terry Rozier (Louisville) have more improved figure among conference players.
SMITH PRODUCES MEMORABLE MOMENT
Post reserve Josh Smith has produced some of his best basketball in recent weeks.
Smith posted a career-high seven points in that Pittsburgh win, and then followed with five points and five rebounds in nine minutes vs. Virginia.
His most memorable contribution to date came on Jan. 24 against Wake Forest. Smith scored the game-winning putback off a Rod Hall miss with 0.5 seconds left to lift Clemson to a 59-57 win. He also set a career high with eight rebounds in the game.
Clemson athletics contributed to this report.