Clemson Tigers (11-4; 7-6 ATS; 7-6 O/U) vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (9-6; 4-7 ATS; 4-7 O/U)
NCAAB: Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 7:00pm EST
Line: Clemson -9
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will look to get back on track when they host the Clemson Tigers in an ACC battle Thursday night from the McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta. Clemson is coming off a 75-70 road loss to Notre Dame, and Georgia Tech lost 65-50 to Louisville in their latest action. Georgia Tech defeated Clemson in two of three meetings last season.
Clemson Comes up Short in Loss to Notre Dame
The Clemson Tigers almost pulled off a big road win against Notre Dame but could not finish the deal and fell 75-70. The Tigers held a two point lead with three minutes remaining Notre Dame responded with some clutch shots. The Tigers shot a solid 49.1% from the field but the Fighting Irish nailed 15 three-pointers. Jaron Blossomgame was outstanding, scoring 22 points along with eight rebounds. The senior forward is Clemson’s go-to guy, averaging a team-leading 18.1 points per game. Gabe DeVoe played well in the loss, sinking 14 points. The junior guard had been quiet prior to the loss to Clemson, and is now scoring 9.3 points per game. Clemson features great scoring depth, now with six players averaging nine or more points per game. The Tigers have now lost two in a row after winning nine straight, and sit at 1-2 in ACC play. They are currently ranked 23rd overall in Ken Pomeroy’s College Basketball Rankings.
Clemson is scoring an average of 77.7 points per game, ranking them 95th overall, and are shooting 45.2% from the field. The Tigers are conceding an average of 66.7 points per game, placing them 74th overall.
Yellow Jackets Offense Struggles in Loss to Louisville
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets struggled offensively again in their 65-50 home loss to Louisville on Saturday. The Yellow Jackets shot an absymal 34% from the field, which included a 1for 8 mark from beyond the arc. Ben Lammers did all he could in the loss, collecting a season high 24 points on a 9 for 14 mark from the field. The junior centre has not been as productive over the last two games against ACC opponents but is still having a terrific season, averaging 14.9 points per game, along with 9.9 rebounds per game. Freshman Josh Okogie played well in the loss, scoring 15 points. The highly-touted freshman has been tremendous, averaging 14.9 points per game, and earned ACC Rookie of the Week honours in late November. Scoring has been a huge issue for the Yellow Jackets this season, however they have just played against three ranked teams in a row. Georgia Tech is ranked 145th overall in Ken Pomeroy’s College Basketball Rankings.
Georgia Tech has struggled to score points, averaging only 66.6 points per game, ranking them down at 307th overall, and are shooting 42.1% as a team. The Yellow Jackets are now allowing an average of 67.9 points per game, positioning them at 87th overall.
The Clemson Tigers are:
- 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games at Georgia Tech.
- road team is 10-3 ATS in the last 13 meetings between these teams.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are:
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games.
- 4-13-1 ATS in their last 18 Thursday games.
I am taking Clemson in this contest. Georgia Tech continues to struggle on the offensive end, averaging only 62.8 points per game over their last ten games, and Clemson plays outstanding defense, so I think it will be another rough night from the Yellow Jackets in this contest. Also, Clemson features a much stronger offense, averaging 11 more points per game than Georgia Tech, so they should take this one easily.