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.
Well, he isn't wrong.. pic.twitter.com/GNCIBTbaoc— Clemson Basketball (@ClemsonMBB) November 29, 2019
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.
ɴᴇxᴛ 🆙 pic.twitter.com/uabw5dxZe1— Minnesota Men's Basketball (@GopherMBB) November 29, 2019
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.
The Clemson Tigers are:
- 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games against the Big Ten.
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight-up loss.
- 0-9 ATS in their last 9 Monday games.
The top supporting trends found on covers.com are: The Minnesota Golden Gophers are:
- 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight-up loss.
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss.