Clemson vs. South Carolina Pick
Two in-state rivals meet up on the basketball floor tonight when No. 22 South Carolina takes on Clemson at 9PM ET.
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, South Carolina is the slim favorite at home in this game, as the Gamecocks are getting odds of -2 points against Clemson. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 136.5 points. South Carolina has won and covered the spread in four of its last six meetings with the Tigers and the two have hit the under in seven straight encounters.
Clemson is on a six-game win streak coming into today, including a 67-54 win at Alabama this past weekend. The Tigers are now 8-2 overall and 4-4 against the spread. During this win streak Clemson is just 2-2 against the spread and they have only covered in two of their last six lined games. Clemson is averaging 78.8 points per game on offense while the defense is giving up 63.6 points per contest. Clemson is led by Jaron Blossomgame, who is averaging 17.6 points per contest. Four others for Clemson are averaging in double figures and six others score 8.7 points per game or more.
South Carolina is coming off a 77-66 win at South Florida this weekend to move to 9-1on the year. They are 4-3-1 against the spread, covering in the latest win. South Carolina has a solid defense, allowing just 57.7 points per game. Offensively, South Carolina is putting up 73.2 points per game. Sindarius Thornwell is leading the team with 18.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. PJ Dozier is adding 14.5 points per contest.
This game should be competitive as you have to rivals that are playing at a pretty good level right now. The Tigers are flying high on their six-game win streak while the Gamecocks have just one loss and are in the top 25 rankings. For me, I like the depth Clemson has over the Gamecocks. Clemson is clearly led by Blossomgame, but the Tigers have more scoring options and better balance with the ball. In a close game, I like the teams with more options.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: CLEMSON +2