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South Carolina vs. Clemson - 12/19/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Clemson Tigers (6-3) at South Carolina Gamecocks (5-3)

College Basketball: Friday, December 19, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Colonial Life Arena)

The Line: South Carolina Gamecocks -7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: SEC Network

The Clemson Tigers and South Carolina Gamecocks meet Friday night at the Colonial Life Arena.

The Clemson Tigers have won five of their last six games and are playing their first true road game. On the season, Clemson is averaging 68.8 points on 44.7 percent shooting and is allowing 61.7 points on 39.5 percent shooting. Damarcus Harrison is averaging 12 points and four rebounds while Jaron Blossomgame is averaging 12 points and nine rebounds. Rod Hall is shooting 54.7 percent from the field and Landry Nnoko is grabbing 7.2 rebounds. The Clemson Tigers rely heavily on their defense that’s forcing 12.1 turnovers per game and holding teams to 31.7 percent from beyond the arc. Offensively, Clemson has four players averaging double-digit points while its shooting 67.3 percent from the free throw line and 29 percent from downtown. Clemson is also averaging 37.7 rebounds per game.

South Carolina vs. Clemson - 12/19/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The South Carolina Gamecocks have won three straight and are playing their first game in 13 days. On the season, South Carolina is averaging 72.8 points on 44.2 percent shooting and is allowing 60.8 points on 34.6 percent shooting. Sindarius Thornwell is averaging 13 points and six rebounds while Duane Notice is averaging 11.8 points and 3.1 assists. Laimonas Chatkevicius is grabbing 6.4 rebounds and Tyrone Johnson is shooting 41.3 percent from the field. The South Carolina Gamecocks rely on their length that’s producing 5.1 blocks and 41 rebounds per game. Offensively, South Carolina is shooting 71.9 percent from the free throw line and 29.4 percent from downtown. Defensively, South Carolina is forcing 15.6 turnovers.

The Tigers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 games following a S.U. win. The Gamecocks are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 non-conference games and 2-9 ATS in their last 11 vs. Atlantic Coast. The Tigers are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in South Carolina and 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings overall.

South Carolina has been up-and-down early on and doesn't have a good win yet besides the victory over Oklahoma State. However, Clemson beat my SEC sleeper in Arkansas and is actually 3-0 SU against the SEC this season. I'm giving the Tigers a decent chance of winning outright, which is why I'm taking the points here. 

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Clemson Tigers +7

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