Clemson-Georgia Pregame Notes


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* Clemson has won 12 consecutive games to start the season, tied for
the second-longest winning streak in school history with the 1996-97
team. The longest winning streak by the Tiger program was 17 games
to start the 1986-87 season.

* Clemson is ranked 21st by USA Today and 25th by the Associated
Press this week. It marks the first time since Jan. 11, 1999 that
the Tigers have been ranked by both polls in the same week.

* The Tigers rank sixth in the Sagarin computer ratings and 12th in
the RPI after games played on Saturday, December 23. Clemson is one
of just four remaining unbeaten teams in the country.

* Clemson is 2-0 this season versus teams from the Southeastern
Conference. The Tigers defeated Mississippi State at home, 69-66, in
November, then won 74-53 over South Carolina on the road.

* James Mays is coming off an outstanding week in wins over Georgia
Southern and Western Carolina. Versus the Eagles, he totaled a
career-high 22 points. He nearly recorded a triple-double against
the Catamounts on December 23, as he posted 14 points, 11 rebounds,
and seven assists. Clemson has won 23 consecutive games with Mays in
the lineup, an 11-0 record last year and an 12-0 record so far this
year.

* In the 12-point win over Georgia Southern, Clemson had 17 steals
and just 13 fouls. It was first time the Clemson team has had more
steals that fouls since the fourth game of last year when the Tigers
accomplished the feat against Charleston Southern.

* K.C. Rivers has scored in double figures in every game this year
even though he has not started. His 12-game streak of consecutive
double figure scoring games as a reserve is a Clemson record. Rivers
has half of the Tigers' six 20-point scoring games this season.

* Clemson point guard Vernon Hamilton is celebrating his 22nd
birthday at tonight's game. Last year the Bulldogs handed the Tigers
a 72-69 loss on his birthday, so the Richmond, VA native hopes to
fare better this season.

* Vernon Hamilton has upped his steal total in recent games and now
is sixth in the ACC in steals per game. He has 226 for his career,
which ranks 18th on the all-time conference list.

* Junior co-captain Cliff Hammonds ranks first in the ACC in
assist/turnover ratio this season (2.56). He was third in the league
in this category a year ago. For his career, Hammonds has a 1.72
assist/turnover ratio (239/139).

* Georgia Head Coach Dennis Felton was an assistant at Clemson from
1994-98. He coached on three NCAA Tournament teams at Clemson.

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