Clemson Basketball Continues to Climb in National Rankings


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Clemson, SC - The Clemson men's basketball team earned its highest ranking in over 11 years on Monday when the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll was released. The Tigers are ranked #11 by the coaches, the program's highest ranking in either of the national polls since the 1997-98 team was #5 by the Associated Press on November 16. Also on Monday, the Tigers climbed eight spots to #12 in the latest AP poll.
Clemson is off to a 14-0 start, the third-best record to start a season in school history. The 1986-87 and 2006-07 teams reeled off 17 straight wins to begin both of those seasons. The Tigers are one of just four undefeated teams remaining in the country. Two of the four are from the Atlantic Coast Conference. In fact, four of the top 11 teams in the latest USA Today poll are from the ACC.


The Tigers have won seven games at home and seven games away from home this season. Clemson is a perfect 4-0 on the road, which includes wins at Charlotte, Illinois, Miami (FL), and South Carolina. The Tigers have won nine straight road games against non-conference competition as well.
This marks the third consecutive season Clemson has been ranked inside the top 15 in at least one of the national polls. In 2006-07, the Tigers were as high as #14 in the January 8 coaches' poll after consecutive last-second wins over Florida State and Georgia Tech to begin the ACC slate. Last year, Clemson rose to as high as #15 in both polls on December 17 as part of a 10-0 start to the season.


Clemson returns to action on Tuesday to face Alabama out of the Southeastern Conference, the team's final non-conference game of the season. The contest will tip off at 9:00 PM at Littlejohn Coliseum.


The USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25 men's basketball coaches' poll

Rank School Record Points Previous 
1. Pittsburgh (30) 	14-0 774 3 
2. Duke 		12-1 714 5 
3. North Carolina (1) 	13-1 707 1 
4. Wake Forest 		13-0 687 6 
5. Connecticut 		12-1 630 2 
6. Oklahoma 		13-1 593 4 
7. (tie) Texas 		11-2 546 7 
7. (tie) UCLA 		12-2 546 9 
9. Syracuse 		14-1 526 11 (tie)  
10. Georgetown 		10-2 506 8 
11. Clemson 		14-0 480 16 
12. Michigan State 	11-2 452 15 
13  Notre Dame 		10-3 277 10 
14. Purdue 		11-3 261 11 (tie)  
15. Marquette 		13-2 251 25 
16. Arizona State 	12-2 238 14 
17. Villanova 		12-2 225 13 
18. Xavier 		11-2 217 22 
19. Minnesota 		13-1 183 21 
20. Butler 		12-1 147 NR 
21. Louisville 		9-3 136 18 (tie)  
22. West Virginia  	11-2 132 NR 
23. Baylor 		12-2 98 20 
24. Boston College  	13-2 90 NR 
25. Tennessee 		9-3 85 18 (tie)  


Dropped out: No. 17 Gonzaga, No. 23 Ohio State, No. 24 Michigan.


Others receiving votes: Dayton (13-1) 54; Illinois State (14-0) 50; Michigan (11-3) 49; Saint Mary's (13-1) 43; Ohio State (10-2) 40; Memphis (10-3) 37; Brigham Young (11-2) 34; Illinois (13-2) 34; California (13-2) 31; Davidson (10-2) 31; Arkansas (11-1) 27; Gonzaga (8-4) 27; Wisconsin (11-3) 26; Texas A&M (13-1) 22; Missouri (12-2) 21; Florida (12-2) 11; UNLV (13-2) 11; LSU (12-1) 10; Kansas (10-3) 7; Stanford (11-1) 5; Florida State (13-2) 1; Maryland (11-2) 1; Utah State (12-1) 1; Washington (10-3) 1.

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Subject (Replies: 27) Author
Clemson Basketball Continues to Climb in National Rankings
B-Meist®
Care to get giddy, just for a moment?
RevDodd®
Re: Care to get giddy, just for a moment?
PapaHarris
That would be smurfy!***
CubMD
If that were the case and we actually beat them there for
colberttiger
Swofford would turn blue with apoplexy!***
RevDodd®
Re: Swofford would turn blue with apoplexy!***
FORESTTIGER
Swofford's getting his game plan straight as we speak
RevDodd®
Swoffie already has a call into the experts
MackDaddy®
I know that building!
RevDodd®
Lol..Point....here is where they learn to call fouls
MackDaddy®
It would be nice to get someone to photoshop some refs
MackDaddy®
Care to get giddy, just for a moment? Sure, how about...
Beegshot®
Giddy, not delirious....
RevDodd®
looks like ND might help us out tonight***
Shevlin77
1997, I think
Tiger TC®
Ugh....when was the last time we played well at the Joel?***
BigCUFan®
Not in the last 22 years anyway.
ShawnC
Gimme a minute...I'll have to look it up.
RevDodd®
I just remember our game up there in 2007
BigCUFan®
Re: Ugh....when was the last time we played well at the Joel?***
FORESTTIGER
whoa nellie!!!
barto78
Every single ACC win is huge. Could be a special season.
ShawnC
Got my two....The wife may not go so Im sure...
Shake_n_Bake
I'll be real happy if we come out of UNC with a 3-1 record***
xtiger
Me too!***
RevDodd®
Re: I'll be real happy if we come out of UNC with a 3-1 reco
deleted
ONE SEC team in the top 25
cutgrfan®

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