When the Tigers hit the court in Greensboro for the ACC tournament the first goal is simple. If the Tigers defeat Boston College Friday afternoon they are in the NCAA tournament and will not be one of the last four teams in that have to battle it out in the play-in games on Tuesday.
A loss by the Tigers and it will be a nervous weekend as they await their fate.
Site: Greensboro Coliseum (23,500)
Date: Friday, March 11, 2011
City: Greensboro, NC
Time: 2:00 PM
TV: Raycom (Tim Brant, Mike Gminski)
TV: ESPN2 (Dan Shulman, Len Elmore, Jeannine Edwards)
Radio: Clemson Tiger Sports Properties (Pete Yanity, Tim Bourret)
SERIES NOTES (BOSTON COLLEGE)
Overall: Clemson leads 9-4
at Clemson: Clemson leads 5-0
at Littlejohn: Clemson leads 5-0
at Boston College: Boston College leads 4-1
at Neutral: Clemson leads 3-0
In ACC Tourney: Clemson leads 1-0
First Meeting: Clemson, 80-60, on Dec. 29, 1975
Last Meeting: Clemson, 77-69, on Feb. 8, 2011
Streak: Clemson has won five of the last six meetings
SERIES NOTES (WAKE FOREST)
Overall: Wake Forest leads 98-53
at Clemson: Tied 35-35
at Littlejohn: Clemson leads 22-19
at Wake Forest: Wake Forest leads 53-12
at Neutral: Wake Forest leads 10-5
In ACC Tourney: Wake Forest leads 7-2
First Meeting: Wake Forest, 40-34, on Jan. 13, 1926
Last Meeting: Clemson, 63-49, on Feb. 26, 2011
Streak: Wake Forest has won five of the last seven meetings
• By virtue of its 9-7 finish, Clemson earned the No. 4 seed for this week’s ACC Tournament and received a first-round bye. The Tigers will take on the winner of Boston College vs. Wake Forest on Friday, March 11 at 2:00 PM.
• Clemson has produced four straight winning seasons in ACC play. The Tigers were 10-6 in 2007-08, and then 9-7 each of the last three years. It is the first time in Clemson history the Tigers have had four straight winning ACC seasons.
• Brad Brownell matched the Clemson record for wins by a first-year coach when he led the Tigers to their 20th victory of the season on Senior Day against Virginia Tech. He needs just one win to set the school record for a first-year coach.
• Brownell is tied for third among Division I first-year head coaches in total wins at their respective school. The national leaders are Tim Floyd (UTEP) and Tim Cluess (Iona), who both have 22 wins. Brownell’s team has 20 on the season.
• In eight years as a Division I head coach, Brownell’s teams have compiled a 15-5 record in conference tournaments. At both of his previous stops, UNC Wilmington and Wright State, his teams won the conference tournament his first year.
• Demontez Stitt was named third-team All-ACC on Monday, according to the ACSMA. It marked the fourth straight year Clemson had a player make an All-ACC team.
• Stitt led the Tigers in scoring at 14.1 points per game in the regular season. He enters the ACC Tournament having scored at least 14 points in eight consecutive games.
• Jerai Grant was named to the All-ACC Defensive Team. He was third in the ACC in the regular season with 2.4 blocks per game. Grant, Clemson’s second-leading scorer at 12.4 points per game, received All-ACC honorable mention.
• Andre Young is fifth in Clemson history in assist/turnover ratio. He has 233 assists in his career versus 120 turnovers for 1.94 ratio.
• Clemson’s legend representative at this week’s ACC Tournament will be Greg Buckner, who had one of the most memorable moments in school history in Greensboro at the 1996 tournament when his dunk with 0.6 seconds left knocked off North Carolina.