Florida State Seminoles vs Clemson Tigers Prediction, 12/29/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Florida State Seminoles vs Clemson Tigers
Date: Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Location: Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, SC
Odds/Point Spread: Florida State (+3.5)
The Florida State Seminoles (5-1) head to Littlejohn Coliseum on Tuesday where they'll meet the Clemson Tigers (6-1). Clemson opens this contest as 3.5-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 132.
Florida State enters this game with a record of 5-1 for the year. They currently have an average of 76.3 points per game (121st in D-1) while hitting 43.5% from the field. The Seminoles are connecting on 35.3% on shots from distance (47 of 133) and 69.2% from the free throw line. As a unit, Florida State is pulling in 37.7 boards per game and has totaled 84 assists this year, which ranks 202nd in college hoops in terms of passing. They are turning it over 13.2 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 18.7 fouls per contest. On defense, the Seminoles are forcing 16.2 turnovers per game while drawing 19.8 personal fouls. They give up 35.0% on shots from downtown and they are 116th in D-1 in points per game from their opponents (67.0). The Seminoles defense is giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 40.1% (132 of 329) and they concede 31.7 boards per contest as a team. They are ranked 86th in the nation in allowing assists to the opposition with 70 surrendered for the season.
The Florida State Seminoles stepped onto the hardwood against the Gardner-Webb Bulldogs and notched a win by a score of 72-59 in their last game. Florida State finished the game with a 34.4% FG percentage (21 of 61) and converted 6 of 33 shots from downtown. At the free throw line, the Seminoles made 24 of their 32 attempts for a rate of 75.0%. Concerning getting rebounds, they compiled 49 with 16 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 11 dimes in this contest while getting 6 steals and 8 rejections. When discussing defending, Florida State allowed the other team to shoot 34.4% from the floor on 21 out of 61 shooting. Gardner-Webb doled out 10 assists and had 6 steals in this contest. In addition, the Bulldogs grabbed 26 rebounds (4 offensive, 22 defensive) and added 8 rejections. Gardner-Webb shot 77.8% at the charity stripe by knocking down 14 of 18 attempts. They made 9 of 33 attempts from beyond the perimeter.
Anthony Polite is one guy who had an impact in this contest. He walked away with 15 points on 5 of 8 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 28 mins played and collected 9 rebounds. Polite finished the contest at 62.5% from the floor and earned 2 dimes. One more player that was a determining factor in the game for the Seminoles was Balsa Koprivica. He had 8 boards and also earned 2 assists. He ended up shooting 80.0% from the field for this game by connecting on 4-of-5 (14 points). When this game wrapped up, Koprivica saw the court for 23 minutes.
Clemson has a mark of 6-1 on the season. The Tigers commit 17.6 fouls per game and they shoot 75.8% from the charity stripe. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 13.0 times per contest (204th in college basketball) and they lose possession via turnover 13.7 times per game. Clemson has totaled 466 pts on the campaign (66.6 per game) and they pull in 33.0 rebounds per game. When it comes to offensive execution, the Tigers are shooting 43.0% from the floor, which ranks 246th in Division 1. The Tigers are ranked 4th in college hoops in points given up per game with 53.4. The Clemson defense allows 27.8% on three-point shots (35 of 126) and opponents are knocking down 64.8% of their foul shots. They give up 8.6 assists and 33.0 boards every game, which is 11th and 97th in college hoops. They are able to force 19.0 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 37.0% from the floor (20th in college hoops).
For their last game, the Clemson Tigers got the victory with a final of 66-51 when they played the Morehead State Eagles. The Tigers were able to collect 19 defensive boards and 10 offensive boards for a total of 29 for this contest. They stuffed 2 tries while getting 12 steals in this matchup. The Eagles had 22 fouls for the matchup which took the Tigers to the charity stripe for 19 shots. They were able to knock down 16 of those for a percentage of 84.2%. In relation to 3-pointers, Clemson knocked down 10 of their 27 tries (37.0%). When the final whistle blew, the Tigers went 20 out of 52 from the field which had them shooting 38.5%. The Tigers permitted the Eagles to convert 17 of 36 tries from the floor which had them sitting at 47.2% in this game. They wrapped up this game 31.8% from 3-point land by shooting 7 out of 22 and finished the game at 10 out of 17 from the free throw line (58.8%). Regarding how they rebounded, Clemson permitted Morehead State to snag 23 in total (3 offensive).
Aamir Simms ended up having an impact for the Tigers in this matchup. He converted 4 of 6 in the matchup for a rate of 66.7%, which got him 12 points. Simms collected 10 rebounds in his 25 mins played and had 2 assists in the game. Another guy that was pivotal for Clemson was Al-Amir Dawes. He racked up 12 points in 23 minutes played by going 4 out of 9 from the floor in this game. Dawes ended up shooting 44.4% from the field as well as contributing 3 assists and 2 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Clemson (-3.5)
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