Men's Basketball Played Most Difficult Schedule in History


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Clemson played a school record 16 games against teams that are playing in the NCAA Tournament.

Clemson played its most difficult schedule in history in 2003-04.
That is demonstrated in many areas. First, Clemson's schedule is
ranked second in the nation by the Sagarin computer index published
by USA Today (as of March 16). The schedule ranked sixth in the
nation according to collegerpi.com. Sagarin does a final ranking at
the end of the season, while collegerpi.com does not.


A further examination of the NCAA and NIT fields shows that Clemson
played 23 games against teams that qualified for postseason play,
including 16 games against teams that are playing in the NCAA
Tournament. The 16 games against teams in the tournament ties the
school record also set in 1985-86 and 1988-89.



Ten different teams, six from the ACC and four non-conference squads
are playing in the NCAA Tournament the most in school history.
Clemson faced nine different teams during the regular season that
went on to the NCAA Tournament in 1985-86, 1988-89, 1990-91, 1996-97
and 1997-98.


Each of Clemson's last 18 games of the season and 23 of the last 25
were against teams who advanced to postseason play. The 23 games
against teams that went to postseason play is a record for one
Clemson season and the 82.1 percent of games played (23 of 28)
against postseason tournament teams is also a Clemson record.


Clemson's non-conference schedule included games against NCAA
Tournament teams South Carolina, Cincinnati, East Tennessee State and
Boston College, plus NIT participants Georgia and Purdue.


On a national scale, Clemson's 16 games against teams in the NCAA
Tournament is topped only by the 18 games Duke played against the
field during the season. Georgia Tech, Clemson, Florida, NC State
and Maryland all had 16 games against NCAA teams. Clemson had a 4-12
record against the teams in the NCAA field, including wins over
Boston College, East Tennessee State, NC State and North Carolina.


It is interesting to note that Clemson had more wins over NCAA
Tournament teams than Gonzaga (3-2), Kansas (2-6), Southern Illinois
(1-3), Alabama (3-9), Brigham Young (3-4), Utah (2-5), Michigan State
(1-8), Arizona (3-6) and Richmond (3-10) and the same amount as
Illinois (4-) and Texas Tech (4-6).


Most Games Played against 2004 NCAA Field

Rk	School	        Games	Record	Conference
1.	Duke	        18	14-4	ACC
2.	Georgia Tech	16	10-6	ACC
	NC State	16	9-7	ACC
	Florida	        16	9-7	SEC
	Maryland	16	7-9	ACC
	Clemson 	16	4-12	ACC
7.	Wake Forest	15	8-7	ACC
	Georgia	        15	6-9	SEC
	Florida State	15	4-11	ACC
10.	Cincinnati	14	8-6	Conference USA
	North Carolina	14	7-7	ACC
        Virginia	14	3-11	ACC

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