Clemson Tigers vs. Virginia Cavaliers Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/15/14
Virginia Cavaliers (20-5) at Clemson Tigers (15-8)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 12:00 pm (Littlejohn Coliseum)
The Line: Clemson Tigers +4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Virginia Cavaliers travel to Clemson to play the Tigers on Saturday afternoon.
The Virginia Cavaliers improved to 20-5, 11-1 ACC after beating Maryland at home 61-53 on Monday night. On the season, Malcolm Brogdon is averaging a team-high 12.2 points per game along with averaging 5.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. Brogdon has become the Cavaliers go-to playmaker in crunch time and he has produced in the clutch several times this season. Joe Harris is averaging a second-best 11.6 points per game; while Akil Mitchell is averaging 7.1 points and a team-high 6.7 rebounds per game. The Cavaliers are averaging 66.2 points per game while shooting 44.7% from the field as a team this season. Virginia may not be the most productive offensive team but they are outstanding on the defensive end of the floor. Virginia has won eight straight games since losing at Duke by 2-points a month ago. The Cavaliers will head out on the road where they are 5-3 on the season.
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The Clemson Tigers dropped to 15-8, 6-5 ACC after losing at Notre Dame 68-64 on Tuesday night. On the season, K.J. McDaniels leads the Tigers with 17 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. McDaniels is the only legit playmaker on the squad which is the main reason why the Tigers have struggled in conference play. Rod Hall is averaging 9 points per game and a team-high 3.7 assists per contest. Clemson is averaging just 62.3 points per game while shooting only 41.1% from the field as a team this season. Clemson, like Virginia, is not a great offensive team but they have the ability to shut teams down on the defensive end of the floor. The Tigers have lost two straight games, both on the road, so they will be happy to be back home for this one. The Tigers have won three in a row at home.
Virginia is playing some of the best basketball in the country right now and it’s hard not to continue to back them, even on the road in a tough environment. Clemson has played well at home and I wouldn’t be surprised if the knocked off the Cavaliers on Saturday. This should be a low-scoring game so I’m going to take the points with the home team.