Arizona vs. Clemson Prediction
The #8 Arizona Wildcats (6-0 SU, 4-1 ATS) are coming off a 63-55 win over Southern Miss at home on Dec. 4, giving 16. Clemson (5-2 SU, 5-1 ATS) is coming off a 64-55 road win over South Carolina, 64-55 giving 2.5. Last year: ARIZONA (-5) over Clemson, 63-47.
LINE MOVEMENT: The Wildcats opened as a 2.5-point favorite and moved to 4.5 in most books. The total opened at 127 and remained there at most books.
PUBLIC BETTING: Of the wagers placed on tonight’s game, 70% of college basketball public bettors currently favor the Arizona. This information is subject to change, however, so make sure you click on the link provided for the most up-to-date public betting numbers.
FREE PICK: Take Arizona. According to latest college basketball trends, the Wildcats are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games following a ATS loss, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 road games. Clemson is 4-11 ATS in their last 15 home games.
Arizona is a young team but they've been obliterating most of their schedule as of late. Arizona (6-0) raced through the first five games of its schedule, scoring 85.2 points per game while winning by an average of 24.6. The Wildcats finished with 27 turnovers against Southern MIss, doubling their season average, but pulled out a 63-55 win behind their defense, which prevented Southern Miss from making any of its eight 3-point attempts while forcing 17 turnovers in the second half. Arizona is led by three terrific freshmen in Kaleb Tarczewski, a 7-foot center, 6-10 forward Grant Jerrett and 6-8 forward Brandon Ashley. Clemson is also young and at 5-2, they rely on their defense, allowing just 53.7ppg. But the team lost starting guard T.J. Sapp, who announced he will transfer. Arizona will take advantage of their guard situation with the depth and athleticism.
SATURDAY COLLEGE BASKETBALL FREE PICK: ARIZONA WILDCATS –4.5