Maryland and Florida State picked up victories on Saturday, leaving Clemson in position of needing an upset of No. 3 Miami to keep pace in the battle for middle ground in the ACC race.
The Terps outlasted Duke 83-81, while Florida State topped Boston College 69-60. Both teams now stand 6-6 in the ACC, tied for sixth place.
Clemson carries a 5-7 conference mark into its 6 p.m. nationally-televised game against the Hurricanes, who sit atop of the standings with a perfect 11-0 record.
Duke remained in second place at 9-3, followed by Virginia at 8-4. The Cavaliers dropped a 93-81 decision to North Carolina, which improved to 7-5.
Tied with the Tar Heels is N.C. State, which edged Virginia Tech 90-88 in overtime.
Georgia Tech improved to 4-8, as the Yellow Jackets bounced back from their loss to Clemson by edging Wake Forest 57-56. Wake stands 4-9 in conference play, and is followed by BC at 3-10 and Virginia Tech at 2-10.
Site:Littlejohn Coliseum (10,000)
Tip-off: 6:02 p.m.
Radio: Clemson Tiger Sports Network (Pete Yanity - play-by-play; Tim Bourret - color)
TV: ESPNU (Carter Blackburn - play-by-play, Jay Williams - color, Allison Williams - sideline)
Rankings: Miami - No. 3 AP, No. 4 USA Today
The Miami Series
Overall: Clemson leads 11-7
at Clemson: Clemson leads 5-1
at Littlejohn: Clemson leads 5-1
at Miami: Miami leads 4-3
at Neutral: Clemson leads 3-2
First Meeting: Clemson won, 98-96, in 1955-56
Last Meeting: Miami won, 76-73, in 2011-12
Streak: Clemson has won five of last six
• Clemson and Miami meet for the first time this season, and for the 19th time in the series. The Tigers hold an 11-7 lead all-time in the series and are 5-1 against the Hurricanes at home. Clemson has won five of the last six games overall.
• Miami is the highest ranked team to come to Littlejohn Coliseum since Clemson defeated a third-ranked Duke team in the 2008-09 season by a score of 74-47. The Hurricanes are No. 3 in the current AP poll and No. 4 in USA Today.
• After Sunday’s game, Clemson will have played four of the top nine ranked teams in the current AP poll. Duke (2), Gonzaga (5) and Arizona (9) are the others.
• Clemson owns nine wins all-time over teams ranked in the top three, including as recently as 2009 when the Tigers knocked off No. 3 Duke at home, 74-47.
• This will be Clemson’s second appearance on ESPNU’s Sunday Night Hoops package. The Tigers dropped a road game to NC State, 66-62, earlier this season in their first appearance.
• Clemson's Brad Brownell and Miami's Jim Larranaga have competed for years, going back to their days in the Colonial Athletic Association. Larranaga held a 6-4 advantage in 10 head-to-head matchups when he was at George Mason and Brownell was at UNC Wilmington.
• Clemson notched its first ACC road win of the season at Georgia Tech. The Tigers’ 56-53 victory was their seventh straight over the Yellow Jackets, Clemson’s longest versus an ACC foe since 11 in a row over Virginia from 1959-65.
• The Tigers swept the regular season series over Georgia Tech for the third straight season, the first time Clemson has accomplished that feat since the 1979-82 era.
• Sunday’s game features the ACC’s top two shot-blocking teams. Clemson is first at 5.3 per game, Miami second at 5.0.
• K.J. McDaniels has blocked at least one shot in 14 straight games and has scored double figures in six of Clemson’s last seven games, including a game-high 14 in the win at Georgia Tech. He scored Clemson’s final two field goals to help the Tigers stave off a late rally by the Yellow Jackets.
• Freshman guard Jordan Roper leads Clemson in three-point percentage with a .400 figure this season. If the season ended today, he would be one of five freshmen in school history to shoot at least 40 percent from three as a rookie.