2009–10 Clemson Tigers men's basketball team

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2009–10 Clemson Tigers men's basketball
Clemson University Tiger Paw logo.svg
NCAA Tournament, First Round
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
2009–10 record 21–11 (9–7 ACC)
Head coach Oliver Purnell
Assistant coach Ron Bradley
Assistant coach Frank Smith
Assistant coach Josh Postorino
Home arena Littlejohn Coliseum
Seasons
2009–10 ACC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#3 Duke 13 3   .813     35 5   .875
#20 Maryland 13 3   .813     24 9   .727
Florida State 10 6   .625     22 10   .688
Virginia Tech 10 6   .625     25 9   .735
Wake Forest 9 7   .563     20 10   .667
Clemson 9 7   .563     21 11   .656
Georgia Tech 7 9   .438     23 13   .639
Boston College 6 10   .375     15 16   .484
Virginia 5 11   .313     15 16   .484
North Carolina 5 11   .313     20 17   .541
NC State 5 11   .313     20 16   .556
Miami (FL) 4 12   .250     20 13   .606
2010 ACC Tournament winner
As of March 19, 2010; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2009–10 Clemson Tigers men's basketball team represented Clemson University in the 2009–10 college basketball season. Their head coach was Oliver Purnell, the team played its home games at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, South Carolina and are members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. All games were produced and broadcast locally by the Clemson Tigers Sports Network, the Tigers finished the season 21–11, 9–7 in ACC play. They lost in the first round of the 2010 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament. They received an at-large bid to the 2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, earning a 7 seed in the East Region, where they lost to 10-seed Missouri in the first round.

Pre-season[edit]

On Wednesday, May 27, guard Terrence Oglesby announced he would forgo his final two seasons at the school to pursue a professional basketball career. Oglesby appeared in 66 games and scored 777 points in his two seasons at Clemson. Previously, Oglesby played for Norway at the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship. In a press release issued by Clemson University, Oglesby indicated that his time spent playing internationally helped fuel his decision to turn pro.[1] Oglesby's departure left an open roster spot which was filled by the commitment of shooting guard Noel Johnson, a former USC commitment.[2]

On Tuesday, August 18, ESPN announced that Clemson will serve as one of the host sites for the network’s popular basketball series, College GameDay, during the 2009–10 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. Two one-hour shows (11:00 am and 8:00 pm Eastern) will originate from Littlejohn Coliseum on Jan 23, 2010 for the Clemson vs. Duke game. This is Clemson’s first appearance on ESPN College GameDay, the series, which is in its sixth season, will make four first-time stops in 2010. Other first-time hosts include Illinois, Kansas State and Washington, the Clemson/Duke game will be one of two ACC tilts featured this season, with the other being North Carolina at Duke on Mar. 6.[3]

On Sunday, October 26, 2008, members of the ACC Media were polled and picked Clemson to finish third in the conference behind North Carolina and Duke.[4]

Regular season[edit]

On December 2, 2009, Illinois came back from a 23-point second-half deficit to upset the No. 18 Tigers, 76–74 at Littlejohn Coliseum. The victory was the biggest comeback win in school history and was also notable as it helped the Big Ten win their first ACC – Big Ten Challenge in eleven tries.[5]

On December 6, 2009, Clemson beat rival South Carolina 72–61, extending their winning streak over the Gamecocks to six games. Carolina leads the overall series, 86–74.

On January 3, 2010, the No. 21 Tigers managed only 12 points in the first half as they lost to No. 7 Duke for the 13th straight time at Cameron Indoor Stadium, 74–53. Clemson had as many fouls as points in the opening period, and their scoring total and shooting percentage (5–30, 17%) were the lowest for a half in Oliver Purnell's seven years as head coach.[6]

On January 13, 2010, the No. 19 Tigers ended a 10-game losing streak to North Carolina by defeating the No. 13 Tar Heels, 83–64 at Littlejohn Arena. It was the second largest margin of victory ever for the Tigers over the Tar Heels, the most being a 20-point 93–73 win in 1976–77, Tree Rollins' senior season.[7] Clemson then followed the win with a 73–70 win at NC State, ending a streak of 13 consecutive losses in the game following a victory over a top 25 team.[8]

College GameDay live broadcast from Littlejohn Coliseum (Jan 23, 2010)

On January 23, 2010, ESPN's College GameDay broadcast live from Littlejohn Coliseum for the first time. Afterward, GameDay host Digger Phelps said of the broadcast at Clemson: "It was the best", the crowd was so loud during the broadcast that the production director requested that the crowd keep the noise down when cameras were rolling.[9] The day culminated in a 47–60 loss to Duke, the lowest point total for Duke thus far this season, and the lowest point total of a Clemson team at home since the 2003–04 season, Oliver Purnell's first at Clemson.[10]

Postseason[edit]

ACC tournament[edit]

Clemson entered the ACC Tournament as the No. 6 seed with a 9–7 record in the ACC regular season. The Tigers lost their opening game to No. 11 seed NC State 59–57, dropping their record in the tournament to 16–57 all-time with 43 of their losses coming in the first round. Clemson remains the only original member of the ACC to have never won the tournament.[11]

NCAA tournament[edit]

Clemson entered the tournament as the No. 7 seed in the East Region, but was knocked out in the opening round by a lower-seeded team for the third straight year, losing 86–78 to No. 10 seed Missouri. The loss dropped Oliver Purnell to 0–6 all-time in NCAA Tournament games as a head coach for three different schools.[12]

Roster[edit]

Coaches & staff[edit]

Position Name Year at CU Experience Alma Mater Hometown
Head Coach Oliver Purnell
7th
32
Old Dominion ('75) Berlin, Maryland, United States
Associate Head Coach Ron Bradley
7th
32
Eastern Nazarene ('74) Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
Assistant Head Coach Frank Smith
7th
20
Old Dominion ('88) Alexandria, Virginia, United States
Assistant Coach Josh Postorino
3rd
9
Dayton ('99) Clearwater, Florida, United States
Director of Operations Michael Morrell
2nd
2
Milligan College ('05)
Video Services Andy Farrell
2nd
1
Dayton ('07) Richmond, Virginia, United States
Graduate Assistant Adam Gordon
2nd
1
Tampa ('06) Ocala, Florida, United States

Players[edit]

No. Name Ht. Wt. Position Year Hometown
03 Anderson, Zavier 5' 09" 160 PG JR Mauldin, South Carolina, United States
10 Baciu, Catalin 7' 02" 245 C SO Cluj-Napoca, Romania
04 Baize, Jonah 6' 06" 205 SF JR Evansville, Indiana, United States
31 Booker, Devin 6' 08" 235 PF FR Whitmire, South Carolina, United States
35 Booker, Trevor 6' 07" 240 PF SR Whitmire, South Carolina, United States
45 Grant, Jerai 6' 08" 220 PF JR Bowie, Maryland, United States
32 Hill, Donte 6' 04" 200 SG FR Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
24 Jennings, Milton 6' 09" 225 F FR Summerville, South Carolina, United States
1 Johnson, Noel 6' 08" 190 SG FR Fayetteville, Georgia, United States
21 Narcisse, Brian 6' 06" 205 PF SO North Augusta, South Carolina, United States
55 Petrukonis, Karolis 6' 11" 260 C SR Trakai, Lithuania
15 Potter, David 6' 06" 215 SF SR Severn, Maryland, United States
05 Smith, Tanner 6' 05" 220 SG SO Alpharetta, Georgia, United States
02 Stitt, Demontez 6' 02" 175 PG JR Matthews, North Carolina, United States
11 Young, Andre 5' 09" 170 PG SO Albany, Georgia, United States

2010 commitments[edit]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Marcus Thornton
PF
Atlanta, GA Westlake High School (GA) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Nov 8, 2008 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 91
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • 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, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Nov 6*
7:00 pm
No. 24 Francis Marion
Exhibition
W 99–51 
Littlejohn Coliseum (5,000)
Clemson, SC
Regular Season
Nov 13*
8:00 pm
No. 24 Presbyterian W 84–41  1–0
Littlejohn Coliseum ( 9,177)
Clemson, SC
Nov 17*
10:00 am, ESPN
No. 22 at Liberty
ESPN College Basketball Tip-off Marathon
W 79–39  2–0
Vines Center (8,143)
Lynchburg, VA
Nov 20*
7:00 pm, FSN
No. 22 at UNC Greensboro W 89–67  3–0
Greensboro Coliseum (5,672)
Greensboro, NC
Nov 23*
7:30 pm
No. 19 Winthrop W 102–66  4–0
Littlejohn Coliseum (10,000)
Clemson, SC
Nov 26*
4:30 pm, ESPN2
No. 19 vs. Texas A&M
76 Classic
L 60–69  4–1
Anaheim Convention Center (2,1171)
Anaheim, CA
Nov 27*
5:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 19 vs. Long Beach State
76 Classic
W 87–79  5–1
Anaheim Convention Center (2,0671)
Anaheim, CA
Nov 29*
7:30 pm, ESPNU
No. 19 vs. No. 12 Butler
76 Classic
W 70–69  6–1
Anaheim Convention Center (2,0571)
Anaheim, CA
Dec 2*
7:15 pm, ESPN
No. 18 Illinois
ACC–Big Ten Challenge
L 74–76  6–2
Littlejohn Coliseum (10,000)
Clemson, SC
Dec 6*
1:00 pm, FS South
No. 18 South Carolina
Carolina-Clemson Rivalry
W 72–61  7–2
Littlejohn Coliseum (10,000)
Clemson, SC
Dec 13*
4:00 pm
Furman W 82–53  8–2
Littlejohn Coliseum (7,183)
Clemson, SC
Dec 16*
7:00 pm, CSS
at East Carolina W 80–63  9–2
Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum (4,841)
Greenville, NC
Dec 19*
7:30 pm
College of Charleston W 94–55  10–2
Littlejohn Coliseum (8,308)
Clemson, SC
Dec 22*
7:30 pm
No. 24 Western Carolina W 79–57  11–2
Littlejohn Coliseum (8,485)
Clemson, SC
Dec 29*
7:30 pm
No. 21 SC State W 70–67  12–2
Littlejohn Coliseum (8,589)
Clemson, SC
Jan 3
7:45 pm, FSN
No. 21 at No. 7 Duke L 53–74  12–3 (0–1)
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
Jan 9
4:00 pm, Raycom
Boston College W 72–56  13–3 (1–1)
Littlejohn Coliseum (10,000)
Clemson, SC
Jan 13
9:00 pm, ESPN
No. 24 No. 12 North Carolina W 83–64  14–3 (2–1)
Littlejohn Coliseum (10,000)
Clemson, SC
Jan 16
Noon, Raycom
No. 24 at NC State W 73–70  15–3 (3–1)
RBC Center (17,984)
Raleigh, NC
Jan 19
7:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 17 at No. 19 Georgia Tech L 64–66  15–4 (3–2)
Alexander Memorial Coliseum (8,738)
Atlanta, GA
Jan 23
9:00 pm, ESPN
No. 17 No. 7 Duke
ESPN College GameDay Game of the Week
L 47–60  15–5 (3–3)
Littlejohn Coliseum (10,000)
Clemson, SC
Jan 26
9:00 pm, ESPN2
at Boston College L 69–75  15–6 (3–4)
Conte Forum (6,238)
Chestnut Hill, MA
Jan 31
5:30 pm, FSN
Maryland W 62–53  16–6 (4–4)
Littlejohn Coliseum (10,000)
Clemson, SC
Feb 6
4:00 pm, Raycom
at Virginia Tech L 59–70  16–7 (4–5)
Cassell Coliseum (9,847)
Blacksburg, VA
Feb 10
7:00 pm, ESPN2
Florida State W 77–67  17–7 (5–5)
Littlejohn Coliseum (10,000)
Clemson, SC
Feb 13
Noon, RSN
Miami W 74–66  18–7 (6–5)
Littlejohn Coliseum (9,700)
Clemson, SC
Feb 20
4:00 pm, RSN
Virginia W 72–49  19–7 (7–5)
Littlejohn Coliseum (10,000)
Clemson, SC
Feb 24
9:00 pm, Raycom
at Maryland L 79–88  19–8 (7–6)
Comcast Center (17,514)
College Park, MD
Feb 28
5:30 pm, FSN
at Florida State W 53–50  20–8 (8–6)
Donald L. Tucker Center (9,153)
Tallahassee, FL
Mar 2
8:00 pm, Raycom
Georgia Tech
Senior Night
W 91–80  21–8 (9–6)
Littlejohn Coliseum (10,000)
Clemson, SC
Mar 7
6:00 pm, FSN
at Wake Forest L 65–70  21–9 (9–7)
LJVM Coliseum (14,410)
Winston-Salem, NC
ACC Tournament
Mar 11
9:30 pm, Raycom
vs. NC State
First Round
L 57–59  21–10
Greensboro Coliseum (23,381)
Greensboro, NC
2010 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament
Mar 19
2:35 pm, CBS
vs. Missouri
First Round
L 78–86  21–11
HSBC Arena (18,653)
Buffalo, NY
Notes: 1 – Denotes Session Attendance
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time.

1 – Note that rankings above 25 are not official rankings. They are representations of ranking based on the number of points received in the weekly poll.

Player statistics[edit]

As of Monday, February 15, 2010

|---TOTAL---| |---3-PTS---|               |----REBOUNDS----|
## Player  GP-GS  Min--Avg  FG-FGA  Pct 3FG-FGA  Pct  FT-FTA  Pct  Off Def  Tot  Avg  PF FO  A  TO Blk Stl  Pts  Avg
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35 Booker, Trevor..... 25-25  753 30.1 150-290  .517  7-26   .269  78-129  .605  63 141  204  8.2  44  0  59  46  37  37  385 15.4
02 Stitt, Demontez.... 23-22  657 28.6  87-199  .437  23-62   .371  52-68   .765  16  47  63  2.7  46  1  77  60  8  31  249 10.8
05 Smith, Tanner...... 25-25  636 25.4  76-178  .427  20-70   .286  66-90   .733  29  79  108  4.3  55  1  57  51  11  32  238  9.5
11 Young, Andre....... 25-3  643 25.7  70-172  .407  43-113  .381  39-50   .780  12  41  53  2.1  40  1  61  45  0  49  222  8.9
15 Potter, David...... 25-23  579 23.2  59-160  .369  36-93   .387  20-27   .741  21  46  67  2.7  61  2  33  41  6  33  174  7.0
45 Grant, Jerai....... 24-22  475 19.8  63-96   .656  0-0    .000  41-68   .603  57  60  117  4.9  66  2  13  30  45  20  167  7.0
31 Booker, Devin...... 25-1  290 11.6  51-83   .614  0-0    .000  22-41   .537  26  49  75  3.0  31  0   8  26  4  11  124  5.0
01 Johnson, Noel...... 25-2  387 15.5  45-127  .354  20-60   .333  8-11   .727  18  28  46  1.8  38  1  23  28  5  12  118  4.7
24 Jennings, Milton... 25-0  279 11.2  32-84   .381  4-27   .148  12-20   .600  29  43  72  2.9  32  0  13  19  7  11  80  3.2
04 Baize, Jonah.......  2-0  3  1.5  2-2  1.000  2-2  1.000  0-0    .000  0   0  0  0.0  0  0  0   0  0   0  6  3.0
21 Narcisse, Bryan.... 20-2  120  6.0  17-30   .567  2-8    .250  4-8    .500  10  10  20  1.0  19  1   5  13  5   3  40  2.0
32 Hill, Donte........ 19-0  104  5.5  10-29   .345  2-10   .200  6-13   .462  6   5  11  0.6  5  0  7   4  1   8  28  1.5
10 Baciu, Catalin..... 11-0  40  3.6  7-15   .467  0-0    .000  1-2    .500  3  14  17  1.5  5  0  2   5  1   3  15  1.4
55 Petrukonis, Karolis  5-0  17  3.4  2-2  1.000  0-0    .000  1-2    .500  0   1  1  0.2  0  0  0   0  0   0  5  1.0
03 Anderson, Zavier...  9-0  17  1.9  2-5    .400  0-0    .000  0-0    .000  1   2  3  0.3  3  0  4   2  0   2  4  0.4
TEAM...............  39  45  84  3.4  0          5  0
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Total.............. 25  5000  673-1472 .457 159-471  .338 350-529  .662  330 611  941 37.6 445  9 362 375 130 252 1855 74.2
Opponents.......... 25  5000  568-1378 .412 117-408  .287 330-488  .676  295 571  866 34.6 467  - 292 448  74 196 1583 63.3

Awards and honors[edit]

Trevor Booker

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 24 23 19 19 24 24 23 18 21 19 16 21 27 39
Associated Press 24 22 19 18 27 29 24 21 26 24 17 28 31

1 – Note that rankings above 25 are not official rankings. They are representations of ranking based on the number of points received in the weekly poll.

References[edit]