Clemson will open ACC Tournament play against Florida State Thursday night in Greensboro, North Carolina. The Tigers are an 11 seed in the tournament. The Seminoles won both of the regular season games in this series, but both of those games were close. Plus, you know what they say about beating a team three times in a season. The winner of Thursday night’s game will play North Carolina Friday.
Below we have some notes (courtesy of the Clemson SID) and comments from Tigers coach Brad Brownell.
- Overall: Florida State leads 33-28
- at Clemson: Clemson leads 18-9
- at Littlejohn: Clemson leads 16-8
- at Florida State: Florida State leads 19-6
- at Neutral: Florida State leads 5-4
- ACC Tournament: Florida State leads 4-2
- First Meeting: Florida State won, 62-56, in 1951-52
- Last Meeting: Florida State won, 60-57, on Jan. 24
- Streak: Florida State has won three straight
• Clemson and Florida State will meet in the ACC Tournament first round for the first time since 2007, and for the seventh time in the event since the Seminoles joined the league in 1991-92. FSU has won four of the six tournament meetings. In each instance, the winner of the six most recent games in the series heading into the ACC Tournament has lost.
• Three times in the series, a team has swept the two regular season games only to lose in the ACC Tournament when trying for a three-game sweep. Clemson won in 1993 and 2001 to avoid three losses to FSU in a season, while the Seminoles achieved the feat in 2007 after the Tigers had taken the two regular season games.
• The series has been very competitive over the years, and this year was no exception. Though FSU took both games, they were decided by a combined total of eight points. Michael Snaer banked in a three at the buzzer in the Jan. 24 meeting to lift the ‘Noles to a 60-57 victory.
• Florida State holds the overall edge in the series, 33-28. The Seminoles have won the last three after Clemson claimed four of the previous five matchups.
• Clemson is in search of its first ACC Tournament win since 2011, when the Tigers defeated Boston College in the quarterfinals by a score of 70-47. Clemson has lost five of its last six games in the tourney.
• Clemson Head Coach Brad Brownell has a 16-7 record in postseason conference tournament play, including 1-2 with the Tigers.
• Senior post player Devin Booker was named third-team All-ACC by the ACSMA on Monday. It was the fifth season in the last six that a Tiger was represented on one of the all-conference teams.
• Booker and his older brother, Trevor, are one of only three brother combinations in ACC history to both be named to one of the All-ACC teams. The others to do it were Jay and Tom McMillen of Maryland, and Jeff and Jason Capel of Duke and North Carolina, respectively.
• Sophomore forward K.J. McDaniels returned to action against Miami in the last game of the regular season, scoring nine and leading the Tigers with six rebounds and three blocked shots. He has had at least one block in 17 straight games.