Clemson Tigers vs Virginia Cavaliers Prediction, 12/22/2021 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Clemson Tigers vs Virginia Cavaliers
Date: Wednesday, December 22, 2021
Location: John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, VA
The Virginia Cavaliers (7-4) welcome the Clemson Tigers (8-4) at John Paul Jones Arena on Wednesday.
The Clemson Tigers took the court against South Carolina and walked away with a win by a score of 70-56 in their last contest. Clemson walked away from the game having earned a 33.3% field goal percentage (21 of 63) and buried 5 of 22 shots from downtown. At the free throw line, the Tigers knocked down 23 of their 31 attempts for a percentage of 74.2%. In reference to hauling in rebounds, they collected 45 with 15 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 10 assists in this matchup while forcing the other team into 15 turnovers and having 5 steals. With regard to defending, Clemson allowed 32.7% from the field on 18 of 55 shooting. South Carolina recorded 4 assists and had 2 steals for this game. Moreover, South Carolina pulled down 33 rebounds (7 offensive, 26 defensive), but finished the game with no rejections. South Carolina finished 75.0% at the charity stripe by knocking down 15 of 20 tries. They also converted 5 of 20 shots from beyond the arc. Concerning personal fouls, the Tigers ended up with 18 while South Carolina finished the game with 28 personal fouls.
Hunter Tyson is a guy who was a major factor in the matchup. He finished the game shooting 50.0% from the field and also totaled 1 assist. He played 32 minutes and also collected 13 rebounds. He left the arena with 18 points on 6 out of 12 shooting.
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Clemson heads into this one with a mark of 8-4 this season. They currently have an average of 75.9 points per game (101st in D-1) while connecting on 47.3% from the floor. The Tigers are hitting 41.4% on shots beyond the perimeter (106 of 256) and 73.3% from the free throw line. As a team, Clemson is pulling down 36.9 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 179 assists on the campaign, which is 59th in the nation in terms of passing the ball. They turn the ball over 12.0 times per contest and as a squad they are committing 15.5 fouls every game.
When they are on defense, the Tigers are able to force 11.6 turnovers per contest and they draw 17.2 personal fouls. They give up 32.2% on shots from downtown while they are 140th in college basketball in PPG allowed (66.5). The Tigers defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 40.0% (279 of 698) and they relinquish 31.8 rebounds per game as a unit. They rank 161st in the country in giving up assists with 135 conceded for the campaign.
When they last played, the Virginia Cavaliers got the victory with a final of 82-49 when they played Fairleigh Dickinson. The Cavaliers were able to snag 26 defensive boards and 5 offensive rebounds totaling 31 in this matchup. They gave up possession of the ball 10 times, while earning 7 steals for this game. Fairleigh Dickinson committed 7 fouls for this game which got the Cavaliers to the charity stripe for a total of 7 shots. They were able to knock down 5 of those for a percentage of 71.4%. In relation to shots from distance, Virginia made 9 of their 17 attempts (52.9%). When all was said and done, the Cavaliers finished the game shooting 34 for 55 from the floor which had them shooting 61.8%. The Cavaliers permitted Fairleigh Dickinson to knock down 17 out of their 59 tries from the floor which left them shooting 28.8% for this game. They finished shooting 26.1% from beyond the arc by hitting 6 of 23 and finished the contest at 9 out of 11 from the charity stripe (81.8%). In relation to cleaning the glass, Virginia allowed Fairleigh Dickinson to collect 30 overall (12 on the offensive glass).
Jayden Gardner was important for the Cavaliers for this game. He buried 14 out of 18 in this contest for a field goal percentage of 77.8%, and totaled 6 rebounds. He had 29 points in his 27 minutes on the hardwood and added 1 assist in this game.
Virginia has a record of 7-4 for the campaign. The Cavaliers are responsible for committing 13.8 fouls every game and they hit 70.8% from the charity stripe. They are getting an assist 13.5 times per game (173rd in college basketball) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 10.2 times per game. Virginia has tallied 692 pts on the campaign (62.9 per game) and they pull down 32.4 boards per game. On the offensive side of the ball, the Cavaliers are connecting on 45.1% from the floor, which is 141st in college basketball.
The Virginia defense concedes 32.6% on shots from 3-point land (74 of 227) and opponents are connecting on 67.4% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have relinquished 10.5 assists and 32.5 rebounds every game, which ranks them 62nd and 94th in college hoops. The Cavaliers on defense are ranked 5th in D-1 in points given up per game with 55.2. They are able to force 12.1 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 38.7% from the field (38th in college hoops).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Clemson
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