Wake at Clemson Game Second-Latest Contest Between Unbeaten ACC teams

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CLEMSON -- Second-ranked Wake Forest and 10th-ranked Clemson will join select company when they square off in Saturday afternoon’s battle of unbeaten Atlantic Coast Conference basketball teams.

The 3:30 p.m. game on ABC between the Demon Deacons (15-0) and Tigers (16-0) at Clemson’s Littlejohn Coliseum marks the seventh time a pair of unbeaten ACC teams has squared off during the month of January. It will be the first such meeting since Jan. 2, 2001, when fourth-ranked Wake Forest (11-0) played host to eighth-ranked Virginia (10-0).

The combined 31 wins between the two teams are the second-highest total accrued in game between two undefeated ACC teams, bettered only by the 33 combined wins by top-ranked North Carolina (17-0) and third-ranked Duke (16-0) prior to their Jan. 18, 1986, match-up in the inaugural game of the Tar Heels’ Dean E. Smith Center.

Saturday’s game also marks the second-latest point in the calendar year that two unbeaten ACC teams have met, again topped only by the 1986 game between the Tar Heels and Blue Devils.

A complete listing of all games in January between two undefeated ACC teams is as follows:

Jan. 18, 1986

#3 Duke (16-0) at #1 North Carolina (17-0), Chapel Hill

North Carolina won 95-92

Jan. 17, 2008

#2 Wake Forest (15-0) at #10 Clemson (16-0), Clemson


Jan. 14, 1973

#3 NC State (11-0) at #2 Maryland (10-0), College Park

NC State won 87-85

Jan. 6, 1982

#2 Virginia (12-0) at #1 North Carolina (10-0), Chapel Hill

North Carolina won 65-60

Jan. 3, 1976

#9 NC State (8-0) vs. Wake Forest (9-0), Greensboro

Wake Forest won 93-78

Jan. 2, 1976

#3 North Carolina (6-0) vs. Wake Forest (8-0), Greensboro

Wake Forest won 95-83

Jan. 2, 2001

#8 Virginia (10-0) at #4 Wake Forest (11-0), Winston-Salem

Wake Forest won 96-73

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