The 2013-14 Clemson basketball schedule was released Thursday by the Atlantic Coast Conference. In addition to 18 consecutive ACC games to conclude the regular season, Clemson’s non-conference schedule will include games against Arkansas and Auburn, as well as a trip to Charleston, SC for the Charleston Classic in November.
In addition to the annual rivalry tilt with the University of South Carolina, the Tigers will open home-and-home series this season against regional Southeastern Conference opponents Arkansas and Auburn. Clemson has played Arkansas just once in its history, in 1961-62. The game date and location between the Tigers and Razorbacks will be announced at a later time.
The two Tiger teams will play at Auburn Arena on Thursday, Dec. 19. Clemson has played Auburn 25 times, with the SEC Tigers holding a 14-11 all-time series advantage. The last meeting between the two was in the 1993 NIT, when Cliff Ellis was coaching at Clemson. Ironically, he would later be the head coach at Auburn from 1994-2004. Ellis is now at Coastal Carolina, and he will bring the Chanticleers to Littlejohn Coliseum for a game at Clemson on Nov. 29.
The game with South Carolina was moved up several weeks from the first weekend of December slot it had occupied the last several years. The two teams will meet on Sunday, Nov. 17, the third game of the season for the Tigers. Clemson will open the 2013-14 season at home on Friday, Nov. 8 against Stetson, followed by a Nov. 13 contest at home against Delaware State.
Following the South Carolina game, Clemson will travel to the Charleston Classic on Nov. 21-24 to compete in the opening round of that event against Temple, who has advanced to each of the last six NCAA Tournaments. Clemson and Temple actually met in the 2008 championship game of the inaugural Charleston Classic, with the Tigers prevailing 76-72. The winner will advance to face the winner of the Davidson vs. Georgia game on Nov. 22.
“It’s great to have several regional games on the schedule,” Head Coach Brad Brownell said. “Obviously we play South Carolina earlier this year, but with games against Arkansas and Auburn and a chance to play either Davidson or Georgia, that can create a lot of interest for our fans and allow us to play good, quality teams from our region.”
After the Tigers play at Auburn on Dec. 19, Brownell’s team will have just one game (vs. VMI at home on Dec. 30) before beginning regular season ACC play on Jan. 4 at Boston College. Duke comes to Tigertown on Jan. 11, the back end of a two-day turnaround at home for the Tigers.
Following a Jan. 18 home against Wake Forest, Clemson will play five of its next six games on the road. Four of the five teams played in the NCAA Tournament last season, and three will be against teams new to the ACC in 2013-14. Clemson plays at Pittsburgh on Jan. 21, at Syracuse on Feb. 9 and at Notre Dame on Feb. 11.
Clemson will end the ACC regular season with three straight home games, starting with a matchup against Maryland on Sunday, March 2. The final two games will be against Miami (March 4) and Pitt (March 8). The last time Clemson ended the regular season with three straight home games was in 1968-69.
“The ACC schedule will certainly be a challenge, but one we look forward to,” Brownell said. “In particular, our players and coaches are excited by the opportunity to play road games against our new members, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse.”
Clemson will play home-and-home ACC series with Florida State, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh and Wake Forest. The Tigers will play home games only against Duke, Maryland, Miami, NC State and Virginia. Clemson will play road games only versus Boston College, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Syracuse and Virginia Tech.
**Story from Clemson SID**
Nov. 1 Fri. Francis Marion (exhibition) 7:00 PM
Nov. 8 Fri. Stetson 7:00 PM
Nov. 13 Wed. Delaware State 7:00 PM
Nov. 17 Sun. South Carolina TBA
Nov. 21 Thu. # vs. Temple 7:30 PM ESPN3
Nov. 22 Fri. # vs. Davidson or Georgia TBA TBA
Nov. 24 Sun. # vs. TBA TBA TBA
Nov. 29 Fri. Coastal Carolina 7:00 PM
Dec. 3 Tues. SC State 7:00 PM
Dec. 14 Sat. Furman 7:00 PM
Dec. 19 Thu. at Auburn 6:00 PM
Dec. 30 Sun. VMI 7:00 PM
Jan. 4 Sat. * at Boston College 4:00 PM RSN
Jan. 9 Thu. * Florida State 7:00 PM RSN
Jan. 11 Sat. * Duke 2:00 PM RSN
Jan. 15 Wed. * at Virginia Tech 7:00 PM RSN
Jan. 18 Sat. * Wake Forest 4:00 PM ACCN
Jan. 21 Tue. * at Pittsburgh 8:00 PM ACCN
Jan. 26 Sun. * at North Carolina 6:00 PM ESPNU
Feb. 1 Sat. * at Florida State 4:00 PM ESPN or ESPN2
Feb. 4 Tue. * Georgia Tech 8:00 PM ACCN
Feb. 9 Sun. * at Syracuse 6:00 PM ESPNU
Feb. 11 Tue. * at Notre Dame 7:00 PM RSN
Feb. 15 Sat. * Virginia 12:00 PM ESPN or ESPN2
Feb. 18 Tue. * NC State 7:00 PM ESPNU
Feb. 22 Sat. * at Georgia Tech 12:00 PM RSN
Feb. 25 Tue. * at Wake Forest 7:00 PM RSN
Mar. 2 Sun. * Maryland 1:00 PM ACCN
Mar. 4 Tue. * Miami 8:00 PM ACCN
Mar. 8 Sat. * Pittsburgh 4:00 PM ACCN
Mar. 12-16 Wed-Sun. ACC Tournament (Greensboro, NC) TBA TBA
Note: All times are Eastern; game vs. Arkansas TBA; * – ACC regular season game; # – Charleston Classic (Charleston, SC)