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The Clemson Tigers pays a visit to Raleigh to take on the North Carolina State Wolfpack in an ACC clash. This is the second meeting between the teams this season with Clemson taking the first matchup 81-70 at Littlejohn Coliseum on Jan. 4. Both teams currently sit in the middle of the conference standings at 3-3.
Tigers Look To Keep RollingClemson (9-7) enters the contest on a three-game winning streak following its 79-73 victory over third-ranked Duke on Tuesday. Clemson shot 56.6% from the field as 17 of its 30 field goals were either layups or dunks. Aamir Simms led the way with a career-high 25 points along with nine rebounds and five assists. Tevin Mack and John Newman added 22 and 14 points, respectively. The win was coach Brad Brownell's 178th with the Tigers, which is a program record.
🎥 𝙿𝚛𝚘𝚝𝚎𝚌𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚖𝚒𝚜𝚜𝚒𝚘𝚗 pic.twitter.com/rQrGzNqylI— Clemson Basketball (@ClemsonMBB) January 17, 2020
After starting ACC play 0-3, Clemson is now just two games behind conference leaders Duke, Louisville, and Florida State. All three of their league wins have come against North Carolina teams-- NC State, Duke, and UNC.
The Tigers are 2-3 away from home this year, including 1-2 in true road games. Simms leads the team in scoring (14.6) and rebounds (7.6) while he is second in assists (2.6) as well as steals (1.2). Mack, who is second on the team in scoring (12.2) and rebounds (5.3), and Newman (10.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 2.2 assists) are also averaging double-figures. Al-Amir Dawes has a team-high 2.9 assists.
C.J Bryce Makes Return For WolfpackNorth Carolina State (12-5) evened ACC record with its 80-63 home victory over Miami as DJ Funderburk scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds. The Wolfpack scored 47 points in the second half as they made 64% of their shots, their highest shooting percentage in a half this year, to break open a close game. Devon Daniels added 14 points on seven of 11 shooting, and Jericole Hellems chipped in with 11. Markell Johnson finished contributed 10 points while also tying his career-high with four steals. More importantly, CJ Bryce returned to the court after being out for nearly a month. Bryce finished with six points, on three of five shooting, along with a team-high five assists in 21 minutes off the bench.
NC State is 10-1 at home, with its lone loss being a one-point setback to Georgia Tech in the season-opener. The Wolfpack has outscored their opponents by over 15 points a game at PNC Arena and is averaging 80.4 points while shooting 46.4% from the floor there. Bryce leads the way with 15.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.8 steals a game. Johnson (13.1 points, five rebounds, 6.8 assists, 1.9 steals), Funderburke (13.7 points, 5.7 rebounds), Daniels (11.1 points, 4.6 caroms, 2.2 assists, 1.6 steals), and Hellems (10.3 points, 3.6 rebounds) are also averaging double-figures.
- The home team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
- Wolfpack are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 Saturday games.
- Tigers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Tigers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I am taking NC State in this one as the Wolfpack has played well at home, and more importantly, Bryce is healthy. Bryce's return means a lot to the Pack as he is the team's leader and contributes so much on the floor. Not only does the 6-5 senior guard have the ability to score at will, but he also is the team's top playmaker, which allows the Wolfpack to space the floor better-- which in turn gives them more open looks. Bryce's return also gives NC State more depth, as they were mainly using a seven-man rotation, and allows Johson as well as Funderburke --who stepped up his production recently -- and Manny Bates to do what they do best.
Prediction: NC State +7.5
Full-Game Total Pick
I am going with the under as 10 of NC State's game has finished under the point total, including in eight of its 11 home games. Besides, neither team really looks to push the pace with the Wolfpack averaging 69.4 possessions a game and the Tigers generally getting less than 67 possessions, per KenPom. The Tigers are also a top-50 team in terms of defensive efficiency, allowing under 95 points per 100 possessions, while the Pack is better than average at slightly over a 98 rating.
Prediction: Under 139.5