Basketball: Clemson Cracks Both Top 25 Polls


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The men's basketball team is ranked in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls released Monday. The Tigers are off to a 3-0 start this season, which includes an 84-82 win on the road at Mississippi State. Clemson is 22nd in the coaches' poll and 24th according to the AP.

It marks the first time since November 18, 1996 that Clemson is ranked in both football and men's basketball in the same week. The Tiger football team is 21st in this week's AP poll and #22 in the coaches' rankings. It also marks the earliest the Tiger basketball program has been ranked in a season since 1998-99, when Clemson was 24th in the AP poll on November 15.

Clemson began the season with a 91-46 victory over Furman, then squeezed out the two-point road win in Starkville, MS on Thursday. The Tigers completed the 3-0 week with a 66-53 win over Old Dominion, an NCAA Tournament team last season, on Sunday. Senior forward James Mays posted a double-double in the latter two games.

The men's basketball team is ranked in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls released Monday. The Tigers are off to a 3-0 start this season, which includes an 84-82 win on the road at Mississippi State. Clemson is 22nd in the coaches' poll and 24th according to the AP.

It marks the first time since November 18, 1996 that Clemson is ranked in both football and men's basketball in the same week. The Tiger football team is 21st in this week's AP poll and #22 in the coaches' rankings. It also marks the earliest the Tiger basketball program has been ranked in a season since 1998-99, when Clemson was 24th in the AP poll on November 15.

Clemson began the season with a 91-46 victory over Furman, then squeezed out the two-point road win in Starkville, MS on Thursday. The Tigers completed the 3-0 week with a 66-53 win over Old Dominion, an NCAA Tournament team last season, on Sunday. Senior forward James Mays posted a double-double in the latter two games.

The Tigers play a pair of home games this week. Clemson will host Presbyterian on Wednesday night at 7:30 PM, the first meeting between the in-state schools since the 1982-83 season. The Tigers then host Gardner-Webb out of the Atlantic Sun Conference on Saturday at noon.

The Tigers play a pair of home games this week. Clemson will host Presbyterian on Wednesday night at 7:30 PM, the first meeting between the in-state schools since the 1982-83 season. The Tigers then host Gardner-Webb out of the Atlantic Sun Conference on Saturday at noon.

AP Top 25 

No. School Record Points Prev
1 North Carolina (26) 2-0 1725 1
2 UCLA (26) 3-0 1716 2
3 Memphis (19) 4-0 1689 3
4 Kansas 3-0 1566 4
5 Georgetown (1) 2-0 1508 5
6 Louisville 2-0 1396 6
7 Tennessee 3-0 1384 7
8 Indiana 2-0 1200 8
9 Washington State 3-0 1170 9
10 Michigan State 2-0 1042 12
11 Marquette 2-0 1039 10
12 Oregon 4-0 1021 11
13 Duke 2-0 962 13
14 Gonzaga 3-0 834 14
15 Texas 3-0 789 16
16 Texas A&M 4-0 759 15
17 Pittsburgh 4-0 582 19
18 Kansas State 3-0 487 22
19 Southern Illinois 1-0 400 23
20 Villanova 2-0 297 24
21 Syracuse 3-0 257 26
22 Butler 3-0 244 25
23 Virginia 3-0 227 38
24 Clemson 3-0 187 27
25 Florida 4-0 135 29
Others Receiving Votes: Arizona(1-1) 128; Arkansas(3-1) 106; Ohio State(2-0) 77; Wisconsin(4-0) 74; Davidson(1-1) 45; Stanford(4-1) 43; North Carolina State(1-1) 41; Connecticut(3-1) 30; West Virginia(2-0) 29; Miami (Fla.)(4-0) 27; Alabama(2-0) 26; Mississippi State(2-1) 23; Vanderbilt(2-0) 23; Brigham Young(3-0) 22; Xavier(1-1) 22; Missouri(3-0) 18; Washington(3-0) 8; Kentucky(1-1) 6; San Diego State(4-0) 6; Southern California(2-1) 6; Winthrop(3-0) 5; Rhode Island(5-0) 4; George Mason(3-0) 3; Maryland(3-0) 3; Baylor(3-0) 2; Ohio(2-0) 2; Providence(2-1) 2; Creighton(2-0) 1; Illinois(2-0) 1; New Orleans(2-0) 1

Coaches Poll
No. School Record Points Prev
1 North Carolina (14) 2-0 744 1
1 UCLA (10) 3-0 744 2
3 Memphis (6) 4-0 718 3
4 Kansas (1) 3-0 680 4
5 Georgetown 2-0 636 5
6 Louisville 2-0 612 6
7 Tennessee 3-0 603 7
8 Indiana 2-0 520 8
9 Washington State 3-0 517 9
10 Duke 2-0 422 10
11 Oregon 4-0 417 13
11 Michigan State 2-0 417 12
13 Marquette 2-0 413 11
14 Gonzaga 3-0 342 14
15 Texas A&M 4-0 328 15
16 Texas 3-0 294 16
17 Pittsburgh 4-0 261 19
18 Southern Illinois 1-0 208 21
19 Villanova 2-0 172 23
20 Kansas State 3-0 152 24
21 Syracuse 3-0 128 25
22 Clemson 3-0 93 26
23 Butler 3-0 79 28
24 Florida 4-0 65 31
25 Davidson 1-1 59 27
Others Receiving Votes: Wisconsin(4-0) 54; Virginia(3-0) 53; Arkansas(3-1) 46; Arizona(1-1) 44; Stanford(4-1) 33; Brigham Young(3-0) 24; Ohio State(2-0) 21; North Carolina State(1-1) 21; Washington(3-0) 20; Alabama(2-0) 19; Illinois(2-0) 12; Connecticut(3-1) 11; Vanderbilt(2-0) 11; Xavier(1-1) 10; Old Dominion(2-1) 10; George Mason(3-0) 9; Southern California(2-1) 9; Utah(2-1) 7; Boston College(3-0) 7; Providence(2-1) 7; Miami (Fla.)(4-0) 7; Notre Dame(2-1) 5; California(1-0) 3; Auburn(2-1) 2; Maryland(3-0) 2; San Diego State(4-0) 2; Siena(2-2) 1; Missouri(3-0) 1

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