Maryland Terrapins vs Clemson Tigers Prediction, 12/9/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Maryland Terrapins vs Clemson Tigers
Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Location: Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, SC
Odds/Point Spread: Maryland (+2.5)
The Clemson Tigers (3-0) play the Maryland Terrapins (4-0) at Littlejohn Coliseum on Wednesday. Clemson opens this contest as 2.5-point favorites. The total has been set at 135.
Maryland will enter this matchup with a mark of 4-0 this season. They are losing possession via turnover 12.5 times per game and as a squad they commit 16.3 personal fouls per contest. As a team, Maryland is pulling down 38.0 boards per game and has accumulated 67 dimes for the season, which is 53rd in D-1 in terms of passing the ball. The Terrapins are connecting on 42.5% on 3-pointers (34 of 80) and 74.7% from the charity stripe. They average 84.0 points per outing (51st in the country) while shooting 56.0% from the floor. On defense, the Terrapins have forced 12.8 turnovers per contest while drawing 20.3 personal fouls. They currently rank 118th in D-1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 38 surrendered for the year. The Terrapins defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 38.0% (89 of 234) and they surrender 27.5 rebounds per contest as a squad. They concede 27.2% on shots from beyond the arc while they are 36th in college hoops in opponents points per game (59.3).
The Maryland Terrapins faced the St. Peter's Peacocks and notched a win by a score of 90-57 in their last contest. Maryland wrapped up the game having earned a 52.0% field goal percentage (26 out of 50) and converted 9 out of their 23 3-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Terrapins made 29 of their 44 tries for a rate of 65.9%. Pertaining to pulling down boards, they compiled 44 with 13 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 19 assists for the game while having 8 steals and 7 blocked shots. In regard to the defense, Maryland allowed the other team to shoot 52.0% from the field on 26 of 50. St. Peter's earned 10 dimes and 9 steals for the matchup. Furthurmore, the Peacocks totaled 29 rebounds (10 offensive, 19 defensive) and earned 7 rejections. St. Peter's ended up shooting 47.4% at the charity stripe by making 9 of 19 tries. They knocked down 8 of their 27 shots from distance.
Hakim Hart is someone who was a major factor in this game. He had 33 points on 11 out of 13 shooting. He played for 28 minutes played and also collected 3 rebounds. Hart finished the contest at 84.6% from the floor and earned 2 assists. Another guy that played big minutes in the game for the Terrapins was Jairus Hamilton. He had 8 rebounds and also tallied 2 dimes. He finished the game at 57.1% from the field for this contest by hitting 4-of-7 (15 points). When the final whistle blew, Hamilton played 27 min.
Clemson has a mark of 3-0 so far this season. The Tigers commit 17.3 fouls per contest and they connect on 76.6% from the charity stripe. Their rate of earning assists is at 15.3 times per game (101st in college basketball) and they are turning it over 14.0 times per game. Clemson has scored 209 points for the campaign (69.7 per contest) and they grab 33.0 rebounds per game. When it comes to executing on offense, the Tigers are hitting on 43.9% from the floor, which has them ranked 217th in D-1. The Tigers on defense are ranked 4th in college hoops in PPG allowed with 50.0. They have allowed 7.7 assists and 37.3 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks them 17th and 194th in the nation. The Clemson defense allows 29.2% on 3-pointers (14 of 48) and their opponents are connecting on 50.0% of their free throw attempts. They have forced 21.7 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 35.0% from the floor (24th in college hoops).
When they last stepped on the court, the Clemson Tigers went home victorious with a score of 75-38 when they faced the South Carolina State Bulldogs. The Tigers pulled down 23 defensive rebounds and 12 offensive rebounds for a total of 35 for this game. They blocked 5 tries while recording 10 steals in the matchup. The Bulldogs committed 16 personal fouls for the contest which took the Tigers to the charity stripe for 17 shots. They were able to bury 13 of them for a clip of 76.5%. In regard to shots from beyond the arc, Clemson knocked down 8 out of their 23 attempts (34.8%). When this game wrapped up, the Tigers finished 27 out of 58 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 46.6%. The Tigers permitted the Bulldogs to convert 16 out of 55 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 29.1% for the matchup. They went 7.1% from three-point range by going 1 out of 14 and ended up going 5 out of 6 at the free throw line (83.3%). When it comes to how they rebounded, Clemson permitted South Carolina State to get 28 in all (11 on the offensive glass).
Olivier-Maxence Prosper saw a lot of time on the hardwood for the Tigers in this game. He made 4 of 7 for the matchup for a field goal percentage of 57.1%, which had him finishing with 11 points. Prosper collected 5 rebounds in his 20 mins and accounted for 2 assists in this matchup. An additional guy that ended up being a major factor for Clemson was Aamir Simms. He notched 8 points in his 21 minutes on the hardwood via 4 out of 5 shooting for this contest. Simms finished going 80.0% from the field while also totaling 4 assists and 4 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Maryland (+2.5)
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