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Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Clemson Tigers Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/7/13

Clemson Tigers (7-1) at Arkansas Razorbacks (5-2)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 2:00 pm (Bud Walton Arena)

The Line: Arkansas Razorbacks -4.5 -- Over/Under: TBA See the Latest Odds

TV: SEC, ESPN Full Court

The Arkansas Razorbacks and the Clemson Tigers face off on Saturday in college basketball action.

The Arkansas Razorbacks are off to a 5-2 record this season and they have won two of their last three games. Both of Arkansas’ losses were at a neutral site and they are a perfect 4-0 at home this season. Michael Qualls is averaging 15.6 points and 5.9 rebounds per game to lead the Hogs. Alandise Harris is averaging 14.1 points and 4.6 rebounds, Bobby Portis is averaging 11.3 points and 4.6 rebounds, and Anthlon Bell is averaging 9.9 points. Arkansas is averaging 88.6 points and they are shooting 48.8 percent while defensively they are allowing 74.3 points and their opponents are shooting 43.5 percent. Arkansas has a fairly easy schedule after this one until they begin SEC play on January 8th.

Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Clemson Tigers Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/7/13

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The Clemson Tigers are 7-1 this season but they have played one of the lightest schedules in the country. Clemson’s schedule is ranked 306th and it should get much tougher once ACC play starts for them. K.J. McDaniels is averaging 17.1 points and 6.4 rebounds to lead the Tigers. Rod Hall is averaging 10.6 points and 4.0 assists, Jordan Roper is averaging 7.9 points, and Damarcus Harrison is averaging 7.0 points. Clemson is averaging 68.4 points and they are shooting 44.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 52.4 points and their opponents shoot 34.1 percent. Clemson’s lone loss this year came to UMass I a neutral site game but this is their first true road game of the season.

Arkansas is 5-1 against the spread in their last six home games, 7-17 against the spread following a win, and 0-4 against the spread against the ACC. Clemson is 4-1 against the spread in their last five non-conference games, 10-4 against the spread against the SEC and 1-4 against the spread against a team with a winning record.

I am not liking the line all that much as it creeps closer to five but it is better than the alternative which is a Clemson team who has played a very light schedule. 

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Arkansas Razorbacks -4.5

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