Clemson Tigers vs Louisville Cardinals Prediction, 2/18/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Clemson Tigers vs Louisville Cardinals
Date: Saturday, February 18, 2023
Location: KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, KY
The Clemson Tigers (19-7) are en route to KFC Yum! Center on Saturday where they will compete against the Louisville Cardinals (3-23).
The Clemson Tigers stepped onto the hardwood against Florida State and walked away with a win by a score of 94-54 in their last game. Clemson ended the game having earned a 60.3% field goal percentage (35 of 58) and made 12 out of their 25 3-point attempts. At the charity stripe, the Tigers made 12 of their 17 attempts for a rate of 70.6%. In terms of pulling down boards, they compiled 34 with 7 of them being offensive. They also recorded 18 assists in this contest in addition to forcing 15 turnovers and earning 4 steals. When discussing the defense, Clemson allowed their opponent to shoot 42.9% from the floor on 21 of 49 shooting. Florida State doled out 11 dimes and had 8 steals for the matchup. On top of that, Florida State pulled down 18 rebounds (3 offensive, 15 defensive), but couldn't earn a rejection. Florida State ended up shooting 37.5% at the free throw line by making 3 of their 8 attempts. They made 9 out of their 20 tries from long range. Regarding personal fouls, the Tigers walked away with 16 and Florida State finished the game with 16 personal fouls.
PJ Hall is someone who came through for this contest. He scored 20 points on 8 of 10 shooting. He played for 22 minutes played and also pulled down 6 boards. He finished shooting 80.0% from the floor and also dished out 1 assist.
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Clemson heads into this one with a mark of 19-7 so far this year. They are turning it over 11.6 times per contest and as a unit they commit 17.6 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Clemson is snagging 34.7 boards per contest and has accumulated 372 dimes this year, which has them ranked 109th in Division 1 in terms of passing. The Tigers are hitting 36.8% on three-point shots (210 of 570) and 80.3% from the free throw line. They are averaging 74.5 pts per contest (122nd in the nation) while going 46.7% from the field.
When they are on defense, the Tigers have forced 11.8 turnovers per contest while drawing 17.9 fouls. They are giving up 33.4% on shots from distance and they are ranked 118th in D-1 in PPG allowed (67.5). The Tigers defensively are giving up an opponent FG percentage of 40.1% (605 of 1,507) and they concede 33.0 rebounds per contest as a team. They are 89th in D-1 in giving up assists with 298 surrendered for the year.
When they last stepped on the court, the Louisville Cardinals took a defeat with a final score of 61-58 against Virginia. In reference to how they attacked the glass, Louisville allowed Virginia to get 29 overall (6 offensive). They wrapped up this game 33.3% from downtown by shooting 6 of 18 and walked away from this one shooting 9 out of 16 from the free throw line (56.3%). The Cardinals allowed Virginia to knock down 23 of their 52 tries from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 44.2% for this contest. Overall, the Cardinals went 21 out of 50 from the field which gave them a rate of 42.0%. In relation to three-point attempts, Louisville converted 8 of their 20 tries (40.0%). They were able to knock down 8 of the free throw tries for a rate of 80.0%. Virginia committed 14 personal fouls in the game which got the Cardinals to the charity stripe for a total of 10 tries. They also turned it over 9 times, while getting 4 steals in this game. The Cardinals were able to collect 25 defensive boards and 4 offensive boards totaling 29 in the matchup.
El Ellis ended up being a factor for the Cardinals in this contest. He totaled 21 points in his 39 minutes on the court and had 3 dimes in this contest. He buried 7 out of 14 for the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 50.0%, and totaled 4 rebounds.
Louisville has a record of 3-23 on the season. When it comes to offensive execution, the Cardinals are shooting 41.7% from the field, which is ranked 318th in Division 1. Louisville has 1,658 points so far this season (63.8 per game) and they pull in 32.2 rebounds per contest. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 9.4 times per contest (362nd in college hoops) and they turn it over 15.6 times per contest. The Cardinals have committed 16.5 fouls every game and they shoot 72.7% from the free throw line.
The Cardinals on the defensive end are ranked 325th in D-1 in points per game surrendered with 75.5. They are forcing 11.1 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 47.2% from the floor (344th in college basketball). The Louisville defense allows 35.8% on shots from 3-point land (214 of 598) and their opposition makes 71.9% of their free throw shots. They concede 14.8 dimes and 33.6 rebounds per game, which is 327th and 151st in the country.
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Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Clemson
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