Clemson Tigers vs Miami Hurricanes Prediction, 1/2/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Clemson Tigers vs Miami Hurricanes
Date: Saturday, January 2, 2021
Location: Watsco Center in Coral Gables, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Clemson (-3.5)
The Miami Hurricanes (4-3) host the Clemson Tigers (7-1) at Watsco Center on Saturday. Clemson opens this matchup as 3.5-point favorites. The total is set at 131.5.
Clemson heads into this one with a win-loss mark of 7-1 this season. The Tigers are shooting 33.5% on 3-pointers (64 of 191) and 75.0% from the free throw line. They have an average of 67.9 points per game (257th in D-1) while going 42.1% from the floor. They turn it over 13.5 times per game and as a unit are committing 17.1 personal fouls every game. As a team, Clemson is snagging 35.0 rebounds per game and has racked up 101 dimes on the year, which ranks 161st in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. When they are on defense, the Tigers are able to force 18.8 turnovers per game and they draw 18.1 fouls. The Tigers defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 37.7% (155 of 411) and they surrender 33.3 rebounds per contest as a squad. They are ranked 86th in D-1 in giving up assists to the opposition with 73 surrendered on the year. They give up 27.8% from beyond the arc and they are ranked 4th in Division 1 in opponents PPG (55.1).
The Clemson Tigers stepped onto the hardwood against the Florida State Seminoles and walked away with a win by a score of 77-67 in their last contest. Clemson wrapped up the contest with a 36.5% FG percentage (23 out of 63) and converted 7 out of their 24 three-point shots. When they shot from the free throw line, the Tigers knocked down 24 of their 33 tries for a rate of 72.7%. In reference to pulling down rebounds, they compiled 46 with 16 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 10 assists for this game in addition to earning 7 steals and 2 blocked shots. In regard to the defense, Clemson let their opponent shoot 36.5% from the floor on 23 out of 63 shooting. Florida State distributed 13 assists and had 8 steals for the game. Moreover, the Seminoles grabbed 34 boards (7 offensive, 27 defensive) and earned 2 rejections. Florida State finished 66.7% at the charity stripe by making 6 of their 9 attempts. They also knocked down 9 out of their 32 tries from long range.
Clyde Trapp is one player who played a role in the game. He racked up 15 points on 4 out of 10 shooting. He played for 23 mins and snagged 6 boards. Trapp finished the game shooting 40.0% from the floor and also totaled 2 assists. An additional guy that was a factor in this contest for the Tigers was Nick Honor. He had 4 boards and totaled 2 assists. He finished the game shooting 30.0% from the field in this matchup by shooting 3-of-10 (13 points). When the final whistle was blown, Honor played for 21 min.
Miami has a record of 4-3 on the season. Miami has totaled 485 pts on the season (69.3 per game) and they collect 40.6 rebounds per contest. The Hurricanes commit 15.0 fouls per game and they go 66.9% from the charity stripe. When it comes to offense, the Hurricanes are shooting 43.3% from the field, which ranks them 234th in the country. They are earning an assist 13.1 times per contest (200th in college basketball) and they turn it over 14.6 times per contest. The Hurricanes defensively are ranked 75th in the nation in PPG surrendered with 64.7. The Miami defense concedes 34.0% on three-point shots (66 of 194) and their opposition knocks down 61.8% of their free throw attempts. They have surrendered 14.4 dimes and 32.6 rebounds per game, ranking them 255th and 85th in college hoops. They are able to force 13.9 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 39.9% from the field (86th in the country).
For their last game, the Miami Hurricanes took a loss by a score of 80-78 when they faced the Virginia Tech Hokies. The Hurricanes recorded 28 defensive rebounds and 4 offensive rebounds totaling 32 for the game. They blocked 2 shots while earning 7 steals in the matchup. The Hokies had 11 personal fouls in the matchup which took the Hurricanes to the free throw line for 10 tries. They were able to knock down 8 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 80.0%. In relation to shots from 3-point land, Miami knocked down 10 of their 25 tries (40.0%). When all was said and done, the Hurricanes finished 30 out of 56 from the floor which had them sitting at 53.6%. The Hurricanes allowed the Hokies to convert 29 out of their 62 attempts from the field which had them shooting 46.8% in this contest. They shot 39.1% from three-point range by going 9 of 23 and walked away from this one shooting 13 of 21 at the free throw line (61.9%). When discussing rebounding, Miami allowed Virginia Tech to pull down 27 in all (8 on the offensive glass).
Isaiah Wong ended up being a factor for the Hurricanes in this matchup. He converted 4 of 11 in this contest giving him a rate of 36.4%, which had him finishing with 16 points. Wong pulled down 5 boards in his 35 mins and totaled 3 assists in this contest. Someone else that ended up playing a role for Miami was Matt Cross. He ended up finishing with 16 points in his 26 minutes played via 6 of 8 shooting in this game. Cross wrapped this one up going 75.0% from the floor in addition to earning 2 dimes and 2 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Miami (+3.5)
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