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#637 Clemson 139 vs.
#638 NC State -6.5
Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 2:00pm EST
Written by Blake V.

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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 wins

Clemson 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.

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 revenge

North 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.

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Clemson is playing really well right now. The Tigers have notched a pair of very impressive wins and are 10-5 against-the-spread in their last 15 games. They are also 4-2 ATS in their last six games against North Carolina State. The Wolfpack should get better as the year goes on, simply due to the fact that their leading scorer is back in the mix. However, I think Clemson is simply playing too well to pick against them as an underdog in this one. The Tigers already showed they can beat North Carolina State several weeks ago.

Prediction: Clemson +6.5

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I have to roll with the under in this game. North Carolina State is the team that likes to play a faster pace, but the Wolfpack have still been going under the number in their recent games. They have seen six of their last seven outings go under the total, including each of their last six home games. Clemson is going to look to slow the ball down, coming in at No. 265 in KenPomโ€™s adjusted tempo ratings. I think North Carolina State is going to take a little while to find a rhythm with Bryce back on the court, which will show up primarily on the offensive end.

Prediction: Under 139
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Written By Blake V.

Blake is a lifelong sports fan and hoops junkie. Prior to joining our team at Winners & Whiners and StatSalt, Blake worked for several newspapers and websites. He enjoys combining his beat writing expertise with the knack for finding the winning edge in a matchup. Remember, itโ€™s a marathon, not a sprint.