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The Clemson Tigers play their first home game in nearly three weeks as they host the South Carolina Gamecocks on Sunday. The Tigers are coming off a 72-53 loss against then-17th ranked Florida State last Sunday, while the Gamecocks fell to Houston, 76-56, also last Sunday.
Gamecocks look to rebound from poor shooting performance against HoustonThe South Carolina Gamecocks shot just 32.3% from the floor in their loss to Houston and scored just 56 points, 15 points below their season average. They were outrebounded 41-29 and shot just 24% from three-point range. Maik Kotsar scored 12 points and AJ Lawson put in 10 points in the losing effort.
“They came at us and we couldn't respond," said Kotsar, a senior. "We need to be better at responding and that comes down to (player) leadership."
The Gamecocks are led by AJ Lawson, who averages 15.9 points and 6.1 rebounds. Kotsar, who averages 10.0 points per game, is the only other Gamecock that averages double figures. South Carolina scores 71 points per game and shoots 43.2% from the floor and 27.2% from three-point range for the season.
Tigers look to break losing streakThe Clemson Tigers look to get back on the winning track versus South Carolina. After a five-game winning streak ran their record to 5-1, the Tigers are currently mired in a three-game losing streak. The Tigers were outscored 45-20 in the second half against FSU. Florida State made 15 three-pointers, including 11 in the second half to overcome a six-point Clemson halftime lead.
State bragging rights are on the line for @ClemsonMBB in Littlejohn Coliseum tomorrow at 5pm...— Clemson Athletics (@ClemsonTigers) December 14, 2019
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The Tigers were led by Tevin Mack, who scored 14 points in the loss. Al-Amir Dawes chipped in with 13 points. Clemson shot just 35.8% from the floor and 33.3% from three-point range.
Mack, who averages 13.8 points per game, is one of three Tigers that averages in double figures. Samir Sims contributes 11.3 points per game and 8.0 rebounds. John Newman III scores 10.2 points per game. Clemson averages 70.7 points per game and shoots 43.8% from the floor and 34.1% from three-point range.
The following supporting trends found on oddsshark.com are:
- The Tigers are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games overall
- The Tigers are 8-1 ATS in their last nine games versus an SEC opponent
- The Gamecocks are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games overall
- The Gamecocks are 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games versus Clemson
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Clemson Tigers are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games, while the South Carolina Gamecocks are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games. These two teams are very similar in terms of points per game and overall shooting percentage. But the biggest difference is the teams three-point shooting ability. Clemson ranks 127th in three-point shooting at 34.1%, while South Carolina is one of the worst in the country. They rank 325th, shooting just 27.2% from three-point range. A couple extra made three-pointers could be the difference in this game. I'm taking Clemson -5.5.
Prediction: Clemson -5.5
Full-Game Total Pick
Both teams average over 70 points per game, but I believe that the defenses will be more of the story in this game. Clemson ranks 69th in scoring defense, giving up just 64.1 points per game. South Carolina isn't too far behind, ranking 108th and giving up just 66.6 points per game. Both teams are coming off games in which they scored less than 60 points. South Carolina is 47th in defensive field goal percentage (38.6%) and Clemson is 88th (40.2%). In a battle between two average offenses and two above average defenses, defense will win out and keep the point total low.
Prediction: Under 136