Clemson Tigers vs. Miami Hurricanes Pick-Odds-Prediction 3/4/14
Miami Hurricanes (15-14) at Clemson Tigers (18-10)
College Basketball: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Littlejohn Coliseum)
The Line: Clemson Tigers -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN Full Court
The Miami Hurricanes travel to Clemson to play the Tigers on Tuesday night.
The Miami Hurricanes improved to 15-14, 6-10 ACC after beating North Carolina State on the road 85-70 on Saturday. On the season, Rion Brown is averaging a team-high 15 points per game along with a team-high 6.3 rebounds per game. Garrius Adams is averaging 10.2 points per game and a team-high 2.9 assists per contest. The Hurricanes are shooting only 41.4% from the field this season while averaging 61.7 points per game as a team. The Hurricanes are a decent rebounding team, pulling down 35.2 boards per game. Miami won back-to-back games last week for the first time since late-December, but they have struggled in ACC play overall this season. The Hurricanes will be on the road for one more game until finishing the season at home later this week. Miami has lost three of their last five on the road in conference play.
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The Clemson Tigers improved to 18-10, 9-7 ACC after beating Maryland at home 77-73 in overtime on Sunday. On the season, K.J. Daniels leads the Tigers in scoring and rebounding, averaging 16.8 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. Daniels is a highlight waiting to happen on any play and he is a legit playmaker for this Clemson squad. Rod Hall is averaging a second-best 9.1 points per game while averaging a team-high 3.8 assists per game. The Tigers are averaging only 62.3 points per game while shooting only 41.6% from the field as a team this season. Clemson is one of the better rebounding teams in the ACC, but they are terrible at distributing the basketball on the offensive end of the floor. The Tigers have won three of their last four games after losing three straight in the middle of February. Clemson will be at home for this one; the Tigers have won four out of their last five at home in conference play.
Miami and Clemson play similar styles, as both teams rely heavily on their defense to keep them in games. Clemson in my opinion has the better overall team with the best playmaker in K.J. McDaniels. The Tigers are tough to beat at home and I think the Hurricanes won’t have enough firepower to keep up on Tuesday.