2008–09 Clemson Tigers men's basketball team

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2008–09 Clemson Tigers men's basketball
NCAA Tournament, At-Large Bid
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
AP #24
2008–09 record 23–9 (9–7 ACC)
Head coach Oliver Purnell
Assistant coach Ron Bradley
Assistant coach Frank Smith
Assistant coach Josh Postorino
Home arena Littlejohn Coliseum
Seasons
« 2007–08 2009–10 »
2008–09 ACC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#2 North Carolina 13 3   .813     34 4   .895
#6 Duke 11 5   .688     30 7   .811
#12 Wake Forest 11 5   .688     24 7   .774
#16 Florida State 10 6   .625     25 10   .714
#24 Clemson 9 7   .563     23 9   .719
Boston College 9 7   .563     22 12   .647
Maryland 7 9   .438     21 14   .600
Virginia Tech 7 9   .438     19 15   .559
Miami (FL) 7 9   .438     19 13   .594
North Carolina State 6 10   .375     16 14   .533
Virginia 4 12   .250     10 18   .357
Georgia Tech 2 14   .125     12 19   .387
† ACC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2008–09 Clemson Tigers men's basketball team represented Clemson University. The Head Coach is Oliver Purnell. The team played its home games in Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, South Carolina. All games were produced and broadcast locally by the Clemson Tigers Sports Network.

Pre-season[edit]

On Tuesday, October 21, 2008 the NCAA suspended Freshman Catalin Baciu for the first five games of the season for his participation with a Romanian professional basketball team. The term of the suspension equals the number of games Baciu played as a 15-year-old for U Mobitelco Cluj, a club team that plays in Romania’s top pro division, Divizia A. Although Baciu was not paid for his participation, NCAA rules prohibit student-athletes from playing on a professional team, regardless of whether they are employed. He played for a total of four minutes in his five games with U Mobitelco Cluj.[1]

On Sunday, October 26, 2008, members of the ACC media were polled and picked Clemson to finish fifth in the conference behind North Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest and Miami respectively.[2]

Regular season[edit]

On Sunday, November 16, 2008, The Tigers won the inaugural Charleston Classic 8-team tournament in Charleston, SC. This marks the 25th time in school history Clemson has won a regular season tournament.[3]

On Saturday, November 22, 2008, Clemson beat Charlotte 71–70 at Halton Arena, marking the first time ever a current member of the Atlantic Coast Conference has played at Charlotte. (Miami played during there during their time as a member of the Big East).

On Wednesday, January 21, 2009, Clemson lost to North Carolina 94–70. This extended the NCAA record for the longest road losing streak against one opponent to 54 games. This also ended Clemson's streak of not losing back-to-back ACC games that dated back to the 2006–07 season.

On Sunday, January 25, 2009, with a 73–59 victory over Georgia Tech, Senior Guard K.C. Rivers broke the team record for most career wins as a player with 85. The previous record of 84 was co-held Cliff Hammonds and Elden Campbell.

On Monday, February 2, 2009, EA Sports announced that Littlejohn Coliseum was one of the Top-15 toughest places to play in College Basketball. Through an online poll, Fans determined 15 finalists, whose home courts were judged to be the most difficult for opposing teams to play in. These results will form an integral part of a new game mode in the EA SPORTS NCAA Basketball videogame franchise for 2009–10.[4]

Students rush the court after No. 10 Clemson's 74–47 victory over No. 3 Duke (2009-2-4)

On Wednesday, February 4, 2009, Clemson defeated No. 3 Duke in Littlejohn Coliseum by a score of 74–47. With the win, Clemson snapped a 22-game regular season losing streak to the Blue Devils dating back to January 7, 1997. The win was also Clemson's first win over a top-5 team since a victory over No. 5 Virginia in 2002.

The 27-point victory was Clemson's largest margin of victory against a top 25 team in history. The previous best was a 22-point victory margin on two occasions. Clemson defeated a fourth-ranked NC State team led by David Thompson at Clemson 92–70 on Feb 22, 1975 at Clemson, and defeated a 13th ranked Maryland team by 22 points, 93–71 on January 19, 1977 at Clemson.

The defeat was also the worst suffered by Duke since the NCAA Championship game of 1990, a 103–73 victory by UNLV on April 2, 1990. The 27-point margin was the largest for Duke in an ACC regular season game since January 18, 1984 when Wake Forest defeated Duke at Winston-Salem, 97–66.[5]

Clemson's 10-point win over Boston College in Boston on Feb 10 was just the third ACC road win over an ACC team that finished the year with a winning record in the last 22 years. Boston College finished the ACC regular season with a 9–7 record and went to the NCAA tournament.

On Tuesday, February 17, the EA Sports Tour visited Littlejohn Coliseum as Clemson hosted Maryland. Along with judging the game day atmosphere, the tour handed out video games, t-shirts and hosted an NCAA Basketball 09 tournament leading up to the game. After their visit, Novell Thomas, the producer of the NCAA Basketball game, wrote that "Hands down, Clemson just set the bar for all hosts of the EA SPORTS Toughest Places to Play, tour."[6] The 29-point victory was the largest margin of victory in Clemson history over Maryland, and tied for the largest margin of victory for a Clemson team against an ACC team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Clemson defeated Florida State in 1997–98 by 29 points.

The Tigers finished the season at 9–7, which gave them back-to-back winning seasons in the conference for the first time since the 1965–66 and 1966–67 teams did it. It is also Clemson's eleventh winning season in the conference since 1953.[7]

Clemson defeated five NCAA tournament teams during the regular season in Duke, Maryland, Boston College, Temple and Illinois. It is the most wins over NCAA Tournament teams in the regular season for the Clemson program since 1997–98.

Clemson finished the regular season with a 14–0 record against non-conference teams, one of just eight Division I teams with a perfect non-conference record. The others were Pittsburgh, UConn, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Minnesota, Illinois State and Stanford.

The Tigers won seven regular season ACC games by double digits, the most regular season league wins by 10 points or more in Clemson history. Statistically, Clemson finished the year with a +10.3 average margin of victory, third best in school history. Clemson's .688 free throw percentage was the third best for the program in the last 22 years. Clemson's .374 three-point percentage was the fourth best in school history.

Postseason[edit]

ACC tournament[edit]

Clemson entered the ACC Tournament as the No. 5 seed with a 9–7 record in the ACC Regular Season. The Tigers lost their opening game to No. 12 seed Georgia Tech 86–81 dropping their record to 3–8 all-time in the opening round of the tournament.

NCAA tournament[edit]

Clemson was selected for the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year, joining Duke and North Carolina as the only ACC schools to make the tournament each of the last two years. It was just the third time in Clemson history that Clemson has gone to the NCAAs in consecutive years.[8] The Tigers opened the tournament in Kansas City, Missouri as the No. 7 seed in the South Region. Down by double-digits against #10-seed Michigan in the first round, the Tigers went on a 14–0 run to make it 58–57 with just over a minute left. Clemson had a chance to tie the game with 13 seconds left, but K.C. Rivers' contested 3-pointer at the buzzer fell short. The 59–62 loss dropped Oliver Purnell to 0–5 all-time in NCAA Tournament games as a head coach.[9]

Roster[edit]

Coaches & staff[edit]

Position Name Year at CU Experience Alma Mater Hometown
Head Coach Oliver Purnell
6th
31
Old Dominion ('75) Berlin, Maryland, United States
Associate Head Coach Ron Bradley
6th
31
Eastern Nazarene ('74) Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
Assistant Head Coach Frank Smith
6th
19
Old Dominion ('88) Alexandria, Virginia, United States
Assistant Coach Josh Postorino
2nd
8
Dayton ('99) Clearwater, Florida, United States
Director of Operations Michael Morrell
1st
1
Milligan College ('05)
Video Services Andy Farrell
1st
0
Dayton ('07) Richmond, Virginia, United States
Graduate Assistant Adam Gordon
1st
0
Tampa ('06) Ocala, Florida, United States

Players[edit]

No. Name Ht. Wt. Position Year Hometown
03 Anderson, Zavier 5' 09" 160 PG SO Greenville, South Carolina, United States
10 Baciu, Catalin 7' 02" 230 C FR Cluj-Napoca, Romania
04 Baize, Jonah 6' 06" 205 F SO Evansville, Indiana, United States
35 Booker, Trevor 6' 07" 240 F JR Whitmire, South Carolina, United States
45 Grant, Jerai 6' 08" 220 F SO Bowie, Maryland, United States
21 Narcisse, Brian 6' 06" 200 F FR North Augusta, South Carolina, United States
22 Oglesby, Terrence 6' 02" 190 G SO Kongsberg, Norway
55 Petrukonis, Karolis 6' 11" 260 C JR Trakai, Lithuania
15 Potter, David 6' 06" 205 F JR Severn, Maryland, United States
01 Rivers, K.C. 6' 02" 215 G SR Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
05 Smith, Tanner 6' 05" 205 SG FR Alpharetta, Georgia, United States
02 Stitt, Demontez 6' 02" 150 PG SO Matthews, North Carolina, United States
12 Sykes, Raymond 6' 09" 220 F SR Jacksonville, Florida, United States
44 Yanutola, Jesse 6' 04" 215 F SR Tega Cay, South Carolina, United States
11 Young, Andre 5' 09" 160 PG FR Albany, Georgia, United States

2009 commitments[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Devin Booker
C
Union, SC Union (SC) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Mar 25, 2007 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 89
Donte Hill
G
Virginia Beach, VA Norfolk Collegiate School (VA) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Aug 9, 2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 85
Milton Jennings
PF
Summerville, SC Pinewood Prep (SC) 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Apr 9, 2008 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 95
Noel Johnson
SG
Fayetteville, GA Fayette County High School (GA) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Jun 19, 2009 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 95
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 22
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance Record
Nov 6* 7:30 pm USC Aiken Littlejohn ColiseumClemson, SC
(Exhibition)
W 94–60  3,000
Regular season
Nov 14* 9:30 pm vs. Hofstra Carolina First ArenaCharleston, SC
(Charleston ClassicGame 4)
CSS W 98–69  4,582 1–0
Nov 15* 8:19 pm vs. TCU Carolina First Arena • Charleston, SC
(Charleston Classic • Game 8)
CSS W 70–58  1,571 2–0
Nov 16* 4:00 pm vs. Temple Carolina First Arena • Charleston, SC
(Charleston Classic • Game 11)
CSS W 76–72  3,026 3–0
Nov 19* 7:30 pm Wofford Littlejohn Coliseum • Clemson, SC ACC Select W 93–40  7,509 4–0
Nov 22* 7:00 pm at Charlotte Halton ArenaCharlotte, NC CBS All-Access W 71–70  9,105 5–0
Nov 25* 8:00 pm Savannah State Littlejohn Coliseum • Clemson, SC W 81–49  6,595 6–0
Nov 28* 7:30 pm Presbyterian Littlejohn Coliseum • Clemson, SC ACC Select W 79–58  9,238 7–0
Dec 2* 7:30 pm at Illinois Assembly HallChampaign, IL
(ACC–Big Ten Challenge)
ESPN2 W 76–74  14,741 8–0
Dec 7* 3:00 pm Liberty Littlejohn Coliseum • Clemson, SC ACC Select W 80–75  6,657 9–0
Dec 13* 2:00 pm SC State Littlejohn Coliseum • Clemson, SC ACC Select W 90–63  5,927 10–0
Dec 16* 7:00 pm North Florida #25 Littlejohn Coliseum • Clemson, SC ACC Select W 76–36  5,892 11–0
Dec 21 7:45 pm at Miami (FL) #25 BankUnited CenterCoral Gables, FL FSN W 91–72  4,755 12–0 (1–0)
Dec 30* 7:00 pm at South Carolina #20 Colonial Life ArenaColumbia, SC
(Carolina-Clemson Rivalry)
FSN W 98–87  16,168 13–0
Jan 3* 4:00 pm East Carolina #20 Littlejohn Coliseum • Clemson, SC ACC Select W 79–66  8,223 14–0
Jan 6* 9:00 pm Alabama #12 Littlejohn Coliseum • Clemson, SC FSN W 66–59  10,000 15–0
Jan 10 Noon NC State #12 Littlejohn Coliseum • Clemson, SC Raycom W 63–51  10,000 16–0 (2–0)
Jan 17 3:30 pm #2 Wake Forest #10 Littlejohn Coliseum • Clemson, SC ABC L 68–78  10,000 16–1 (2–1)
Jan 21 9:00 pm at #5 North Carolina #10 Dean Smith CenterChapel Hill, NC ESPN L 70–94  21,750 16–2 (2–2)
Jan 25 7:45 pm Georgia Tech #10 Littlejohn Coliseum • Clemson, SC FSN W 73–59  8,000 17–2 (3–2)
Jan 29 7:00 pm at Virginia Tech #12 Cassell ColiseumBlacksburg, VA ESPN2 W 86–82  9,847 18–2 (4–2)
Feb 4 9:00 pm #4 Duke #10 Littlejohn Coliseum • Clemson, SC ESPN W 74–47  10,000 19–2 (5–2)
Feb 7 7:00 pm Florida State #10 Littlejohn Coliseum • Clemson, SC Raycom L 61–64  10,000 19–3 (5–3)
Feb 10 9:00 pm at Boston College #12 Conte ForumChestnut Hill, MA FSN W 87–77  6,126 20–3 (6–3)
Feb 15 1:00 pm at Virginia #12 John Paul Jones ArenaCharlottesville, VA Raycom L 81–85 OT 10,971 20–4 (6–4)
Feb 17 7:30 pm Maryland #13 Littlejohn Coliseum • Clemson, SC ESPN2 W 93–64  9,700 21–4 (7–4)
Feb 22 1:00 pm at Georgia Tech #13 Alexander Memorial ColiseumAtlanta, GA Raycom W 81–73  8,339 22–4 (8–4)
Feb 25 7:30 pm Virginia Tech #12 Littlejohn Coliseum • Clemson, SC ESPN2 L 77–80  9,728 22–5 (8–5)
Feb 28 2:00 pm at #23 Florida State #12 Donald L. Tucker CenterTallahassee, FL Raycom L 66–73  12,100 22–6 (8–6)
Mar 3 7:00 pm Virginia #18 Littlejohn Coliseum • Clemson, SC
(Senior Night)
Raycom W 75–57  8,150 23–6 (9–6)
Mar 8 6:00 pm at #10 Wake Forest #18 LJVM ColiseumWinston-Salem, NC FSN L 88–96  14,665 23–7 (9–7)
Postseason
Mar 12 2:00 pm vs. Georgia Tech #17 Georgia Dome • Atlanta, GA
(ACC Tournament • First Round)
Raycom L 81–86  26,352 23–8
Mar 19* 7:10 pm vs. Michigan #24 Sprint CenterKansas City, MO
(NCAA Tournament • First Round)
CBS L 59–62  17,398 23–9
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

Player statistics[edit]

Finals Stats[10]

# Name GP GS Min FG% 3PT% FT% R/G A/G STL BLK PTS/G
35 Booker, Trevor 32 32 30.7 .571 .409 .707 9.7 1.7 47 63 15.3
01 Rivers, K. C. 32 32 31.0 .449 .392 .667 6.0 1.6 55 14 14.2
22 Oglesby, Terrence 32 31 25.8 .375 .388 .845 1.7 1.8 28 1 13.2
02 Stitt, Demontez 32 32 25.9 .413 .273 .673 2.4 3.8 48 14 8.7
12 Sykes, Raymond 32 31 21.7 .578 .000 .557 5.1 0.7 20 32 7.9
15 Potter, David 32 0 17.6 .380 .365 .756 2.2 1.3 19 7 4.9
45 Grant, Jerai 32 1 14.6 .644 .000 .647 3.2 0.5 12 45 4.7
11 Young, Andre 32 0 14.9 .377 .390 .632 0.8 2.1 31 1 4.4
05 Smith, Tanner 32 0 13.2 .448 .357 .667 1.8 1.1 29 6 3.6
10 Baciu, Catalin 9 0 4.9 .400 .000 .400 2.1 0.4 3 2 2.0
21 Narcisse, Bryan 16 0 4.2 .533 .000 .667 0.8 0.3 2 1 1.5
44 Yanutola, Jesse 7 1 2.0 .200 .000 .500 1.1 0.3 2 0 0.4
55 Petrukonis, Karolis 6 0 4.5 .200 .000 .000 1.0 0.5 1 0 0.3
03 Anderson, Zavier 7 0 1.6 .500 .000 .000 0.4 0.0 1 1 0.3
04 Baize, Jonah 4 0 1.8 .000 .000 .000 0.3 0.3 0 0 0.0
Clemson Totals .463 .374 .688 37.2 14.9 298 187 78.3
Opponent Totals .431 .359 .666 35.2 13.3 243 106 68.0

Awards and honors[edit]

Trevor Booker

K.C. Rivers

  • ACC Player of the Week, December 22, 2008,[15] February 2, 2009[16]
  • Honorabe Mention, All-ACC Team

Tanner Smith

  • ACC All-Academic Team (To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career.)[17]

Oliver Purnell, Head Coach

Ron Bradley, Associate Head Coach

  • Assistant Coach-of-the-Year Semi-Finalist, BasketballScoop.com[19]

Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Final
USA Today/ESPN Coaches RV RV RV RV RV 25 20 16 11 9 9 11 10 11 13 13 19 18 21 26
Associated Press RV RV RV RV RV 25 22 20 12 10 10 12 10 12 13 12 18 17 24

Final season notes[edit]

[20]

Team notes[edit]

Clemson finished the season with a 23–9 record for a .719 winning percentage. This marks the fifth consecutive year that Clemson has improved its winning percentage from the previous year. Head Coach Oliver Purnell joins former Georgia Tech coach Bobby Cremins as the only coaches in ACC history to take a program to a better winning percentage in five consecutive years. Cremins did it from 1980–81 through the 1986–87 season. The team finished the year with 23 wins, tied for the fifth highest total in school history. The .719 winning percentage ranks in a tie for fourth best in school history and the best since the 1989–90 team was 24–8 for a .750 winning percentage. The 23 victories gave Clemson at least 20 wins for the third straight year, a first in Clemson history. Clemson has 72 wins over the last three years, third among ACC teams behind North Carolina and Duke.

Clemson finished the year ranked 24th in the final Associated Press poll. It marks the second consecutive year Clemson has been ranked in the final AP poll, the first time in history Clemson has finished in the top 25 in any poll in consecutive years. Clemson was ranked in the AP poll for 14 consecutive weeks and in the USA Today poll for 13 consecutive weeks, the second longest streak of weeks in the top 25 in the same season in Clemson history and most since 1996–97 team was ranked in all 19 polls. Clemson reached a high ranking of No. 9 in the USA Today poll on Feb 9, the highest ranking for the program since the 1997–98 season.

Clemson won 10 games away from home, including seven on the opponent's home court. The 10 wins away from home were the most since the 1996–97 team won a record 11. The seven road wins were the most since the 1986–87 team won eight on the opponent's home court. The Tigers posted a 4–4 ACC road record this year, the most ACC road wins in a season for the Clemson program since 1996–97.

Individual notes[edit]

Clemson's senior class of K.C. Rivers, Raymond Sykes and Jesse Yanutola finished their careers with 91 victories, a Clemson record for a four-year class. The previous record was 84. The class also had a record 33 ACC regular season wins and 12 ACC road wins. The .679 winning percentage is second best in Clemson history behind the seniors of 1979–80.

  • Junior Trevor Booker led the ACC in field goal percentage and rebounding, the first ACC player to do that since Tim Duncan in 1996–97. He is the first ACC underclassman to do it since Dale Davis of Clemson in 1989–90. Booker finished his junior year with 1,239 points, the fifth highest total in Clemson history for a junior. He finished the year seventh in school history in career rebounds with 792 and will need just 208 rebounds his senior year to become the third player in Clemson history with at least 1000 rebounds, joining Tree Rollins and Dale Davis. Booker is already first in Clemson history in rebounds among players 6–7 or shorter. Booker will enter his senior year with a .576 field goal percentage for his career, fifth best in school history. He also stands fifth in career blocked shots with 204.
  • Senior K.C. Rivers leaves Clemson as the school's career leader in victories (91), ACC wins (35), three-point goals (281) and tied for first in games played (134). He is third in steals (210), fourth in double figure scoring games (90), fourth in field goals (625), sixth in career scoring (1684), and 11th in rebounding (721). He is first among Clemson players 6–5 and under in rebounding. Rivers finished his career with 210 steals and 174 turnovers, just the second player in Clemson history to complete a career with more steals than turnovers (Sean Tyson 1987–91).
  • Freshman guard Andre Young finished the year with a 2.87/1 assist/turnover ratio (66/23), the second best assist/turnover ratio in Clemson history.
  • Senior Raymond Sykes finished his career with 102 career blocked shots, ninth best in Clemson history. He played in 85 victories, second on the Clemson all-time list.
  • Sophomore Terrence Oglesby made 92 three-point goals in 2008–09, fourth highest single season total in school history. Oglesby enters his junior year sixth in school history in three-point goals with 177.
  • Sophomore Demontez Stitt took 18 charges this year, tied for sixth best in Clemson history and most by any Clemson player since Jerry Pryor had 21 in 1987–88.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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