Some are jokingly calling Clemson a “basketball school” now. The Tigers lost the College Football Playoff National Championship to No. 1 LSU on Monday night. Their basketball team did not miss a beat, picking up a massive win against No. 3 Duke on Tuesday. Now, the Tigers travel to North Carolina State for an ACC matchup on Saturday afternoon.
Clemson coming off huge winsClemson now boasts a three-game winning streak. The Tigers opened the streak with an 81-70 win against North Carolina State on Jan. 4. They followed that up with a 79-76 overtime win against North Carolina on the road last Saturday. It was the first win in 60 tries for Clemson in Chapel Hill. The Tigers followed that mammoth performance up with their best outing of the season, beating No. 3 Duke at home on Tuesday night. It was the biggest upset for Clemson since beating No. 1 North Carolina in February of 2001. The students stormed the court in both games.
Aamir Simms appeared on #PackerAndDurham this morning and there was lots to talk about...— Clemson Basketball (@ClemsonMBB) January 17, 2020
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The Tigers are led by junior forward Aamir Simms, who is scoring 14.6 points per game and is grabbing 7.6 rebounds per game. He has been the most efficient 3-point shooter on the team, connecting on 20 of 50 attempts from beyond the arc. Senior wing Tevin Mack is scoring 12.2 points per game and is grabbing 5.3 rebounds per contest. Mack leads Clemson in made 3-pointers, hitting 28 of 84 from downtown. Sophomore guard John Newman III is adding 10.2 points per game. Freshman guard Al-Amir Dawes is the leading distributor, dishing out 2.9 assists per contest.
Wolfpack looking for revengeNorth Carolina State has won two of its last three games since falling to Clemson two weeks ago. The Wolfpack bounced back with a 73-68 win against Notre Dame at home. They struggled in their next game, losing by 14 points in a road bout against Virginia Tech. North Carolina State rebounded with a dominant showing on Wednesday night, beating Miami by 17 points. The Wolfpack just got their leading scorer, C.J. Bryce, back from an injury.
Bryce leads the team with 15.3 points per game and 6.4 rebounds per game, which are both team-highs. He is an efficient outside shooter, knocking down 10 of 25 from beyond the arc. Junior forward D.J. Funderburk is another scoring threat, notching 13.1 points per game and 5.7 rebounds per game. Senior guard Markell Johnson is scoring 13.1 points per game and is dishing out a team-high 6.8 assists per outing. He is also grabbing 5.0 rebounds per contest. Junior guard Devon Daniels is adding 11.1 points per game and 4.6 rebounds per game. Sophomore forward Jericole Hellems rounds out the scorers in double figures, contributing 10.3 points per game.
- 4-0 ATS in its last four Saturday games
- 7-1 ATS in its last eight games following a straight up win
- 7-2 ATS in its last nine games following an ATS win