North Carolina Tar Heels vs Clemson Tigers Prediction, 2/2/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: North Carolina Tar Heels vs Clemson Tigers
Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Location: Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, SC
Odds/Point Spread: North Carolina (-1.5)
Littlejohn Coliseum is the venue where and the Clemson Tigers (10-5) will take on the North Carolina Tar Heels (11-5) on Tuesday. The spread on this matchup has North Carolina as 1.5-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 134.
North Carolina heads into this one with a win-loss record of 11-5 so far this season. They are averaging 74.5 points per game (118th in the country) while hitting 43.6% from the field. The Tar Heels are shooting 30.5% on 3-point shots (82 of 269) and 67.0% from the charity stripe. As a team, North Carolina is grabbing 43.1 rebounds per game and has earned 244 assists for the season, which has them ranked 60th in the country in terms of passing. They lose possession via turnover 14.8 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 17.6 personal fouls every game. Defensively, the Tar Heels are able to force 13.9 turnovers per contest and they draw 18.8 fouls. They are conceding 35.8% on shots from beyond the arc and they are 171st in college basketball in points per game allowed (69.9). The Tar Heels are giving up a FG percentage of 42.6% (402 of 943) and they concede 31.9 rebounds per game as a squad. They rank 219th in college basketball in allowing assists to their opponents with 202 surrendered for the campaign.
The North Carolina Tar Heels took the court against the Pittsburgh Panthers and earned the victory with a final of 75-65 in their last game. North Carolina wrapped up the contest having earned a 52.5% FG percentage (32 out of 61) and buried 4 of their 17 shots from beyond the perimeter. From the charity stripe, the Tar Heels made 7 of their 14 attempts for a percentage of 50.0%. Regarding hauling in boards, they collected 34 with 13 of them being offensive. They also doled out 22 dimes for the game in addition to having 6 steals and 6 blocks. Concerning the defense, North Carolina allowed the other team to go 52.5% from the floor on 32 out of 61 shooting. Pittsburgh doled out 17 assists and had 3 steals in this game. On top of that, the Panthers pulled down 24 rebounds (8 offensive, 16 defensive) and had 6 blocks. Pittsburgh finished shooting 76.5% from the free throw line by making 13 of 17 shots. They also knocked down 6 out of their 15 attempts from three-point range.
Armando Bacot is one guy who was a factor for this game. He ended up scoring 21 points on 8 of 10 shooting. He was on the court for 31 mins played and also collected 10 boards. Bacot finished the game at 80.0% from the field and also earned 2 assists. An additional guy that was a major contributor in this contest for the Tar Heels was Garrison Brooks. He had 6 rebounds and accounted for 2 assists. He finished the game shooting 72.7% from the floor in this matchup by shooting 8-of-11 (16 points). At the conclusion of this game, Brooks played 32 minutes.
Clemson has a mark of 10-5 on the campaign. Clemson has totaled 966 points for the campaign (64.4 per game) and they grab 33.2 boards per game. The Tigers are committing 16.4 fouls per game and they hit 74.2% from the charity stripe. On the offensive side of the ball, the Tigers are hitting on 41.3% from the field, which has them ranked 299th in college basketball. They are dishing out assists 12.3 times per contest (251st in the nation) and they turn the ball over 12.9 times per game. The Tigers on defense are ranked 37th in D-1 in points per game surrendered with 63.5. They are forcing 15.3 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 42.5% from the floor (152nd in the country). The Clemson defense gives up 35.2% on shots from beyond the perimeter (116 of 330) and their opposition makes 66.5% of their shots from the free throw line. They surrender 12.3 dimes and 34.3 rebounds per game, which has them ranked 130th and 135th in Division 1.
The last time they took the court, the Clemson Tigers walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 79-53 when they faced the Duke Blue Devils. The Tigers were able to pull down 21 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive rebounds totaling 31 in this game. They also turned away 2 tries while recording 5 steals in this matchup. The Blue Devils earned 13 personal fouls for this contest which got the Tigers to the free throw line for a total of 11 shots. They were able to make 8 of those for a clip of 72.7%. In relation to 3-point attempts, Clemson knocked down 5 of 21 tries (23.8%). Overall, the Tigers finished the game shooting 20 out of 57 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 35.1%. The Tigers allowed the Blue Devils to make 28 of 61 tries from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 45.9% in the matchup. They wrapped up this game 32.3% from behind the 3-point line by connecting on 10 of 31 and finished the contest at 13 out of 17 from the free throw line (76.5%). When discussing how they rebounded, Clemson permitted Duke to snag 37 in all (12 offensive).
Aamir Simms pitched in for the Tigers for the game. He converted 7 of 13 in this contest for a rate of 53.8%, which gave him 19 points. Simms pulled down 6 boards in his 27 minutes played and had 4 dimes for this game. One more player that played a role for Clemson was Al-Amir Dawes. He finished with 6 points in 27 minutes on the hardwood via 2 of 6 from the floor in this matchup. Dawes ended up shooting 33.3% from the field as well as earning 2 assists and 2 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take North Carolina (-1.5)
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