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#725 Clemson 131 vs.
#726 Minnesota -3
Monday, December 2, 2019 at 9:00pm EST
Written by Adam Rauzino

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The Minnesota Golden Gophers will host the Clemson Tigers in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge Monday night from the Williams Arena. The Tigers fell 71-67 in overtime to Colorado in their previous tilt, and the Golden Gophers dropped a 73-68 home decision to DePaul on Friday. These teams last met in 2015 in a game Minnesota won 89-83.

Clemson Falls in OT to #21 Colorado

The Clemson Tigers will look to rebound from a tough loss. They had a five-game winning streak snapped in a tough 73-69 overtime loss to #21 Colorado on Tuesday in a game that had Clemson labeled as five-point underdogs. The Tigers defense has been a strength that prevailed in their recent 62-60 victory against TCU, while their other defeat occurred against Virginia Tech.

Tevin Mack leads the way offensively with 15.4 points on a sharp 52.6% clip from the field. The senior guard scored 22 points in the win against TCU and he is a threat from three-point range as well. Mack played for Alabama last season.

Aamir Simms is coming off a season-best 23 points in the defeat to Colorado. The junior forward has tallied 19 boards in his last two games and leads Clemson with 8.9 rebounds per game accompanied with 11.9 points. John Newman III has logged at least a 50% mark from the field in three straight games and is averaging 11.6 points.

The Tigers are currently placed 70th in the country in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings. They are scoring an average of 74.7 points, ranking them 134th overall. Clemson is playing strong defense and is holding opponents to only 61 points, good for 46th in the country.

Minnesota Dips Below .500 Mark

The Minnesota Golden Gophers are below the .500 mark after winning only three out of their first seven games of the season. To their defense, they have been tasked with a difficult schedule which included losses to Oklahoma, Butler, and a narrow 73-68 home loss to an undefeated DePaul team on Friday. Minnesota were 3.5 point favorites in that loss.

Daniel Oturu continues to shine despite the recent losses. The 6-foot-10 sophomore center racked up 19 points and a remarkable 18 boards in Friday’s defeat. Oturu is having a dominating season, compiling an average of 17 points and 11.9 rebounds per game. Marcus Carr is having issues with his shot, posting a field goal percentage below 40% in all but one game. The sophomore guard is third in team scoring with 13 PPG and leads the team with 6.3 assists per game. Payton Willis continues to excel from three-point range where he features a 39% efficiency on the year. The junior guard is logging 12.9 PPG on the season.

Minnesota is ranked 78th in the country in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings. They have been inconsistent in the offensive end, and are averaging 71.6 points, ranking them 195th overall. The Golden Gophers are limiting opponents to 63.4 points, positioning them 83d in DI. Minnesota is 3-1 on their home court.

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I am siding with Minnesota in this clash. Minnesota has already played several good teams which will help them be ready for this one. The Golden Gophers are playing solid defense and have limited their opposition to less than 60 points in two out of their last three games.

Furthermore, Clemson has lost two straight games and the only quality opponent they have defeated this season was TCU. The Tigers have not fared well against strong defensive teams, shooting below 41% against Virginia Tech, TCU, and Colorado. The Golden Gophers are limiting opponents to 40% shooting on the season, and they should neutralize the Tigers.

Prediction: Minnesota Golden Gophers

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I expect a low scoring battle. Minnesota is not a high scoring team. They hold a poor 42.6% efficiency from the field on the season and Clemson is an outstanding defensive team. The under is 4-0 in the Tigers’ last four road games.

In addition,  the Tigers have only scored 67 and 62 points respectively in their last two games with one of those going to overtime. I don’t expect them to exploit Minnesota, especially on the road. The under is also a convincing 7-1 in the Golden Gophers’ last eight games and 4-1 in their last five home games.

Prediction: Under

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The under on the Clemson team total available on PointsBet is a solid option. Minnesota relies on their defense and they feature solid defensive stats considering their tough schedule. They are shutting down the three as opponents are only shooting 30.4% from three-point range against them. The Golden Gophers rebounding should help them limit Clemson's offensive opportunities. Minnesota is averaging just under 40 rebounds per game compared to 34.9 from Clemson

Prediction: Clemson Team Total Under

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I am opting for the over on the first half total. Both teams are clicking offensively in the first half so far. Clemson stands 34th overall with an average of 38.4 points in the opening half, and Minnesota has averaged a remarkable 39 points in the first half in their last three games overall.

Prediction: Over 77.5
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Written By Adam Rauzino

Adam has been a sports fanatic his entire life, closely following hockey, baseball, basketball and football. Adam enjoys analyzing various stats, as well as studying Sabermetrics and analytics to take his picks to a whole new level. Adam has a passion for writing about various sports as well as personal finance and has brought his talents to us here at Winners and Whiners. He graduated with a diploma in business marketing and business finance.