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Clemson Tigers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini - 3/23/14 NIT Second Round

Illinois Fighting Illini (20-14) at Clemson Tigers (21-12)

College Basketball: Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 12:00 pm (Littlejohn Coliseum)

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The Illinois Fighting Illini and Clemson Tigers will play Sunday afternoon in the second round of the NIT.

The Fighting Illini won their first tournament game with a 66-62 win over Boston University. Rayvonte Rice led the team with 28 points and seven rebounds. On the season, the Fighting Illini average 64.7 points on 41.2 percent shooting and allow 62.5 points on 41.9 percent shooting. Illinois relies heavily on its defense and has allowed only one team in its last 11 games to score 70 points. Offensively, Illinois shoots 73.2 percent from the free throw line and 32.3 percent from beyond the arc. The Illinois Fighting Illini are 16-13-4 ATS overall this season.

Clemson Tigers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini - 3/23/14 NIT Second Round

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Clemson won its first tournament game with a 78-66 win over Georgia State. Of course, K.J. McDaniel’s led the way with 30 points and 14 rebounds in the victory. On the season, Clemson averages 63.8 points on 42.1 percent shooting and allows 58.2 points on 39.4 percent shooting. Much like the Fighting Illini, the Tigers depend on their defense to win games, allowing 66 or less points in eight of their last 10 games. Offensively, Clemson shoots 74.1 percent from the free throw line and 30.3 percent from three. The Clemson Tigers are 15-10-3 ATS overall this season. 

The Fighting Illini are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games. The Tigers are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 non-conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big Ten. 

The Fighting Illini needed an incredible comeback just to beat Boston. Meanwhile, Clemson is an elite defensive team that has a scorer in McDaniel’s who can take over the game.

Give me the Tigers and the small number before it starts climbing.  

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Clemson -3.5

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