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Louisville vs. Clemson - 1/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Clemson Tigers (8-5) at Louisville Cardinals (13-1)

College Basketball: Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 9:00 pm (KFC Yum! Center)

The Line: Louisville Cardinals -17.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The Clemson Tigers and Louisville Cardinals play Wednesday night at the KFC Yum! Center.

The Clemson Tigers have won four of their last six games and play their second true road contest. On the season, Clemson is averaging 65.2 points on 42.5 percent shooting and is allowing 62.6 points on 39.7 percent shooting. Jaron Blossomgame is averaging 13.6 points and 8.2 rebounds while Damarcus Harrison is averaging 11 points and 3.5 rebounds. Donte Grantham is the third player averaging double-digit points and Landry Nnoko is grabbing 6.5 rebounds. The Clemson Tigers once again rely heavily on their defense that’s holding teams to 31.2 percent shooting from deep and has allowed 65 or less points in seven of their last 10 games. Offensively, Clemson is shooting 66.5 percent from the free throw line and 28 percent from downtown.

Louisville vs. Clemson - 1/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Louisville Cardinals are off to a 13-1 start and are looking for their second conference win. On the season, Louisville is averaging 74.9 points on 43.6 percent shooting and is allowing 55.7 points on 36.2 percent shooting. Terry Rozier is averaging 17.1 points and 5.6 rebounds while Montrezl Harrell is averaging 16.7 points and 9.5 rebounds. Chris Jones is dishing 3.2 assists and Wayne Blackshear is shooting 39.6 percent from the field. The Louisville Cardinals are also a great defensive team that’s forcing 18 turnovers and holding teams to 27.9 percent shooting from deep. Offensively, Louisville is shooting 65 percent from the line and 29.9 percent from deep, as the Cards have four players averaging double-digit points.

The Tigers are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Atlantic Coast and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games. The Cardinals are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Atlantic Coast and 1-8-2 ATS in their last 11 games overall. 

The Clemson Tigers defense will keep them in this game and Louisville's offense isn't good enough to blow teams out. This will be a defensive, ugly and sometimes sloppy basketball game. The points will come in handy. 

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Clemson Tigers +17.5

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