Pittsburgh Panthers vs Clemson Tigers Prediction, 3/6/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Pittsburgh Panthers vs Clemson Tigers
Date: Saturday, March 6, 2021
Location: Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, SC
Odds/Point Spread: Pittsburgh (+6.5)
Littlejohn Coliseum is the venue where and the Clemson Tigers (15-6) will take on the Pittsburgh Panthers (10-10) on Saturday. Clemson opens this game as 6.5-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 129.
Pittsburgh heads into this matchup with a win-loss mark of 10-10 on the year. They currently have an average of 71.6 points per game (173rd in Division 1) while going 42.9% from the field. The Panthers are connecting on 32.6% on shots from distance (125 of 384) and 67.0% from the free throw line. As a unit, Pittsburgh is collecting 39.1 boards per contest and is sitting with 304 dimes on the campaign, which is 144th in the nation in terms of passing the ball. They are giving up possession 12.5 times per contest and as a team are committing 17.5 fouls every game. On defense, the Panthers are able to force 12.3 turnovers every game while drawing 18.2 fouls. The Panthers defense is giving up a FG percentage of 42.9% (488 of 1,137) and they relinquish 33.4 rebounds per game as a squad. They are ranked 253rd in college hoops in giving up assists to the opposition with 313 conceded so far this year. They are relinquishing 31.7% on shots from beyond the arc and they rank 152nd in college hoops in PPG allowed (69.4).
The Pittsburgh Panthers faced off with the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and earned the victory with a final of 70-57 in their last game. Pittsburgh finished the contest having earned a 46.2% field goal percentage (24 out of 52) and made 6 out of their 15 shots from 3-point land. At the charity stripe, the Panthers converted 16 of their 24 shots for a percentage of 66.7%. With regard to grabbing rebounds, they collected a total of 40 with 8 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 16 assists in the matchup in addition to forcing the other team into 9 turnovers and having 6 steals. In reference to defense, Pittsburgh allowed the other team to go 35.8% from the floor on 19 out of 53 shooting. Wake Forest earned 14 assists and had 6 steals in the matchup. In addition, Wake Forest collected 23 rebounds (4 offensive, 19 defensive) and got 3 blocks. Wake Forest finished 64.3% when shooting free throws by making 9 of 14 attempts. They made 10 of 29 shots from three-point range.
Nike Sibande is one guy who was a major contributor for the game. He ended up scoring 23 points on 7 of 13 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 37 minutes played and also pulled down 9 rebounds. Sibande finished 53.8% from the floor and also distributed 4 assists. Someone else that came through in this contest for the Panthers was William Jeffress. He had 3 rebounds in his 37 min played. He finished the contest at 33.3% from the field for the game by shooting 3-of-9 (8 points). When this game wrapped up, Jeffress earned 2 assists.
Clemson has a win-loss record of 15-6 so far this season. When it comes to offensive execution, the Tigers are shooting 42.0% from the field, which is 284th in the country. Clemson has totaled 1,361 pts on the campaign (64.8 per contest) and they pull down 33.3 rebounds per contest. They are getting an assist 13.0 times per contest (190th in the country) and they turn the ball over 12.7 times per contest. The Tigers are committing 15.9 fouls per contest and they hit 76.0% from the free throw line. The Tigers defensively are ranked 11th in college hoops in points allowed per game with 61.8. The Clemson defense allows 32.9% on shots from 3-point land (151 of 459) and opponents are connecting on 69.3% of their shots from the charity stripe. They relinquish 11.5 assists and 33.1 boards per game, which is 71st and 99th in D-1. They are forcing 14.2 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 41.2% from the field (66th in college basketball).
The last time they took the court, the Clemson Tigers took a loss by a score of 64-54 when they played the Syracuse Orange. The Tigers recorded 23 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds totaling 31 for this game. They also gave up possession of the ball 7 times, while earning 3 steals in the game. The Orange were called for 11 fouls in the matchup which took the Tigers to the free throw line for a total of 6 tries. They were able to knock down 4 of the free throws for a rate of 66.7%. In relation to 3-point attempts, Clemson made 10 of their 29 attempts (34.5%). Overall, the Tigers shot 20 for 59 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 33.9%. The Tigers allowed the Orange to knock down 21 of their 56 attempts from the floor which had them sitting at 37.5% in the matchup. They finished 31.3% from 3-point land by connecting on 10 of 32 and ended up shooting 12 out of 15 at the charity stripe (80.0%). When discussing how they cleaned up the glass, Clemson allowed Syracuse to collect 37 in total (10 offensive).
Alex Hemenway was important for the Tigers in the matchup. He made 3 of 7 in the game giving him a rate of 42.9%, and accounted for 1 rebound. Hemenway earned 11 points in his 24 mins on the court and accounted for 2 dimes in this matchup. Someone else that ended being a contributor for Clemson was Aamir Simms. He walked away with 3 dimes in his 37 minutes on the court, and he shot 3 out of 10 from the floor. Simms ended the game having shot 30.0% from the floor while also totaling 6 points and 8 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Pittsburgh (+6.5)
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