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Virginia Cavaliers vs. Clemson Tigers - 1/13/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Clemson Tigers (9-6) at Virginia Cavaliers (15-0)

College Basketball: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 8:00 pm (John Paul Jones Arena)

The Line: Virginia Cavaliers -18 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ACC Network

The Clemson Tigers will travel to Jon Paul Jones Arena to take on the Virginia Cavaliers this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.

The Clemson Tigers snapped a two game losing streak and improved to 9-6 (1-2 ACC) after upsetting the Pittsburgh Panthers 71-62 this past Saturday. The Tigers shot 47.1% from the field and 44.4% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for Clemson was Jaron Blossomgame who had 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. The Tigers are currently ranked 95th in the RPI Standings and have played the 66th ranked SOS. On the season, Clemson has been led by Jaron Blossomgame (14.0 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 1.4 apg) and Damarcus Harrison (10.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.7 apg). Offensively, the Tigers are averaging 64.7 ppg (ranked 253rd) on 42.0% shooting (ranked 246th). Clemson has struggled from beyond the arc as they are only shooting 29.3 from three-point range as a team. Defensively, the Tigers are holding their opponents to an average of 62.3 ppg (ranked 93rd) on 39.2% shooting (ranked 61st). Clemson averages 5.1 bpg (ranked 38th). The Tigers grab an average of 11.93 offensive rpg (ranked 98th), 25.4 defensive rpg (ranked 94th), and 37.33 total rpg (ranked 79th).

Virginia Cavaliers vs. Clemson Tigers - 1/13/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Virginia Cavaliers stayed a perfect 15-0 (3-0 ACC) on the season after defeating the 13th ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish this past Saturday. The Cavaliers held the best shooting team in the country to just 33.9% from the field in the victory. Leading the way for Virginia was Darion Atkins who had 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks. The Cavaliers are currently ranked 3rd in the RPI Standings and have played the 5th ranked SOS. On the season, Virginia has been led by Justin Anderson (14.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.9 apg) and Malcolm Brogdon (13.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.8 apg). Offensively, the Cavaliers are averaging 70.6 ppg (ranked 117th) on 48.4% shooting (ranked 26th). Virginia is averaging just 9.5 turnovers per game (ranked 4th). Defensively, the Cavaliers are holding their opponents to an average of 51.0 ppg (ranked 1st) on 33.7% shooting (ranked 2nd). Virginia only averages 14.6 fouls per game (ranked 11th) and has a rebound margin of 11.8 (ranked 3rd). The Cavaliers are grabbing 28.47 defensive rpg (ranked 9th) and 39.53 total rpg (ranked 26th).

The Tigers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games however, just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a S.U. win. The Cavaliers are 26-9-2 ATS in their last 37 games overall and 15-6-1 ATS in their last 22 home games.

Clemson has played well in their last two outings (@ Louisville, @ Pittsburgh) and kept each of those outings close. Clemson doesn’t practically shoot the ball well and it’s not going help going up against the best defensive in the land however, I think their defensive will cause the Cavaliers some trouble and that they will be able to score enough to keep it within this large spread. Take Clemson and the points in this one.     

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