Clemson-Duke notebook: Tigers, 20-12, lose despite topping 50 percent

Clemson improves RPI 110 spots over the course of the season

Clemson's Landry Nnoko (35) defends a shot attempt by Duke's Amile Jefferson (21).

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Clemson's Landry Nnoko (35) defends a shot attempt by Duke's Amile Jefferson (21).

Team Notes

• Clemson lost 63-62 in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals to Duke on Friday, dropping the Tigers to 4-6 all-time in the event against the Blue Devils.

• The Tigers are 20-12 and ranked No. 77 in the unofficial RPI according to and await their Selection Sunday fate. Clemson improved its overall win total by seven in 2013-14, the most wins following a losing season in school history.

• Clemson’s RPI has jumped 110 spots from the final 2012-13 ratings to its current unofficial standing.

• Clemson held Duke to 63 points, its lowest point total since the 59 the Blue Devils posted in a loss to the Tigers on Jan. 11. Duke’s two lowest point totals this season have come in the two games against Clemson.

• Duke made just 3-of-13 three-pointers Friday and 11 out of 38 in two games against Clemson (.289).

• Clemson has had 12 games decided by five points or less, and has a 6-6 record in that scenario this season.

• Friday’s game was Clemson’s first in the ACC tournament decided by a single point since the 2007 event when Florida State defeated the Tigers, 67-66, in Tampa, Fla.

• For the first time this season, Clemson lost a game when it shot better than 50 percent from the field. The Tigers made 22-of-43 shots and shot a blistering 67 percent in the second half Friday.

• For only the second time this season, Clemson lost when outscoring its opponent in the paint (30-28).

• Clemson lost the rebound battle by a -9 margin Friday. The Tigers had their biggest rebound advantage of the regular season on Jan. 11 against Duke, a +18 figure.

• The Tigers shot 66.7 percent in the second half, their best percentage for a half since the second half of a win over Virginia on Jan. 12, 2013.

Player Notes

• K.J. McDaniels reached double figures for the 29th time in 32 games, finishing with 10 of his 12 points in the second half Friday.

• McDaniels has 545 points this season, the 12th-best single season total in Clemson history.

• McDaniels extended his streak to 13 games with at least one blocked shot on a first half rejection.

• Rod Hall posted a team-high 13 points, his 19th double figure effort this season. He entered 2013-14 with just four career double figure games.

• Hall posted 24 points in the two games against Duke this season.

• Jordan Roper scored double figures for the second time in the last three games, and for the 10th time this season. Roper posted 11 points, all in the first half.

• Roper went 6-for-6 at the free throw line, the most he has made at the charity stripe since an 8-for-8 performance in the third game of the season against South Carolina.

• Roper scored a four-point play in the opening half, the second of the season for the Tigers. Rod Hall had a four-point play at Syracuse on Feb. 9.

• Landry Nnoko scored double figures for the second time in two games this season against Duke, posting 10 points on 5-of-8 field goals.

• Nnoko added eight rebounds and three blocks. In two contests against Duke this season, Nnoko averaged 10 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game.

• Nnoko has 58 blocked shots on the season, tied with teammate K.J. McDaniels for fifth-most in Clemson history by a sophomore.

• Damarcus Harrison made a three-point goal in the second half and has made at least one in 10 of Clemson’s last 11 games.

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