Clemson Tigers vs Syracuse Orange Prediction, 3/3/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Clemson Tigers vs Syracuse Orange
Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Location: Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Clemson (+2)
The Syracuse Orange (14-8) play the Clemson Tigers (15-5) at Carrier Dome on Wednesday. Syracuse opens this contest as 2-point favorites. The over/under is set at 134.5.
Clemson heads into this game with a mark of 15-5 so far this season. The Tigers are connecting on 33.1% on three-point attempts (158 of 478) and 76.2% from the free throw line. They average 65.4 points per outing (308th in D-1) while hitting 42.5% from the field. They are turning it over 12.9 times per game and as a basketball team they commit 16.0 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Clemson is collecting 33.2 boards per game and has tallied 255 assists this year, which is 225th in Division 1 in terms of passing. On the defensive end of the court, the Tigers are able to force 14.6 turnovers per contest while drawing 15.9 personal fouls. They currently rank 87th in college hoops in allowing assists to the opposition with 227 surrendered so far this season. The Tigers defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 41.4% (436 of 1,053) and they concede 32.9 boards per game as a unit. They concede 33.0% from beyond the arc while they are 11th in college basketball in opponents PPG (61.7).
The Clemson Tigers took the court against the Miami Hurricanes and took home the win by a score of 66-58 in their last contest. Clemson ended the game having earned a 49.1% field goal percentage (26 of 53) and converted 11 of 22 shots from beyond the arc. At the free throw line, the Tigers made 3 of 5 tries for a percentage of 60.0%. In the matter of grabbing rebounds, they compiled 24 with 3 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 14 assists in the matchup as well as forcing the opposition into 13 turnovers and having 9 steals. In reference to defense, Clemson allowed 44.0% from the floor on 22 of 50 shooting. Miami recorded 12 dimes and had 3 steals for this game. Furthurmore, Miami grabbed 29 rebounds (7 offensive, 22 defensive) and added 2 blocks. Miami went 90.0% from the free throw line by burying 9 of their 10 attempts. They made 5 of 15 attempts from beyond the arc.
Aamir Simms is a guy who was a factor for the game. He ended up finishing with 19 points on 8 of 12 shooting. He played for 40 minutes played and also snagged 6 boards. Simms finished the contest at 66.7% from the floor and recorded 1 assist. An additional guy that was a factor in the game for the Tigers was Hunter Tyson. He pulled down 6 rebounds in his 23 minutes on the basketball court. He shot 50.0% from the floor in this game via 3-of-6 (10 points). In all, Tyson finished the game without an assist.
Syracuse has a win-loss record of 14-8 on the season. Syracuse has accumulated 1,674 points for the campaign (76.1 per game) and they collect 36.1 boards per game. The Orange are responsible for committing 14.6 personal fouls per game and they hit 78.4% from the free throw line. On the offensive side of the court, the Orange are shooting 43.9% from the floor, which is ranked 202nd in college basketball. They are earning an assist 15.1 times per game (65th in college basketball) and they are giving up possession 11.5 times per contest. The Orange on defense are ranked 217th in D-1 in points given up per game with 71.5. The Syracuse defense allows 31.4% on shots from beyond the perimeter (185 of 590) and opponents are connecting on 74.0% of their free throw attempts. They allow 17.7 dimes and 38.4 boards on a nightly basis, which has them ranked 340th and 311th in those categories. They are able to force 15.1 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 41.9% from the field (108th in D-1).
When they last played, the Syracuse Orange got the win with a final of 72-70 when they played the North Carolina Tar Heels. The Orange were able to collect 19 defensive boards and 11 offensive boards totaling 30 in this matchup. They gave up possession of the ball 11 times, while getting 15 steals in the matchup. The Tar Heels committed 16 personal fouls in the matchup which took the Orange to the free throw line for 14 tries. They were able to knock down 10 of them for a rate of 71.4%. With respect to 3-point shots, Syracuse converted 8 of 27 tries (29.6%). When the final whistle blew, the Orange finished 27 out of 66 from the floor which gave them a rate of 40.9%. The Orange permitted the Tar Heels to make 26 of 68 tries from the floor which left them with a rate of 38.2% for the contest. They finished shooting 20.0% from three-point range by shooting 4 out of 20 and finished the contest at 14 of 22 from the free throw line (63.6%). Regarding cleaning the glass, Syracuse allowed North Carolina to collect 48 in total (21 on the offensive glass).
Buddy Boeheim ended up being a major contributor for the Orange in the matchup. He buried 9 out of 20 for the matchup giving him a rate of 45.0%, and accounted for 2 rebounds. Boeheim totaled 26 points in his 39 minutes on the court and tallied 2 assists for the matchup. Another guy who came through for Syracuse was Quincy Guerrier. He wrapped the game up with 2 dimes in 32 mins on the court, and he shot 8 out of 13 from the floor. Guerrier ended up shooting 61.5% from the floor as well as totaling 18 points and 6 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Clemson (+2)
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