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Clemson Tigers vs. Temple Owls Pick, Odds, Prediction 11/21/13

Temple Owls (1-2) at Clemson Tigers (3-0)

College Basketball: Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 7:30 pm (TD Arena)

The Line: Clemson Tigers -2.5 -- Over/Under: TBA See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3.com

The Clemson Tigers and the Temple Owls face off on Thursday in Charleston in the Charleston Tip-Off Tournament.

The Clemson Tigers have played a soft schedule but they have taken care of business winning all three of their games. Clemson opened with a win over Stetson and followed that up with wins over Delaware State and South Carolina but the schedule will get much tougher down the road and can get tougher this weekend if they can manage to keep winning. K.J. Daniels leads the Tigers in scoring averaging 17.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 4.3 blocks per game. Jordan Roper is averaging 10.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 3.7 assists, Rod Hall is averaging 10.3 points and 3.7 assists, and Damarcus Harrison averages 8.3 points. Clemson is averaging 66.7 points per game and they are shooting 43.7 percent from the floor, 37 percent from beyond the three-point arc, and 81.4 percent from the free throw line and their opponents average 48.3 points and shoot 32.7 percent. Clemson doesn’t start their ACC schedule until after the New Year.

Clemson Tigers vs. Temple Owls Pick, Odds, Prediction 11/21/13

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The Temple Owls are off to a rough start to the season and they have lost their last two games. We are used to seeing Temple among the college basketball powers but this looks to be an off year. Will Cummings is averaging 17.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 5.3 rebounds to lead the Owls. Anthony Lee is averaging 16 points and 10.7 rebounds, Dalton Pepper is averaging 13.7 points and 5.3 rebounds, and Quenton DeCosey is averaging 13.3 points and 4.3 rebounds. Temple is averaging 74.7 points per game while they are shooting 43.6 percent from the floor, 26.4 percent from beyond the three-point arc, and 69.7 from the free throw line and their opponents average 76.3 points and shoot 41.5 percent. It is clear the defense is at the root of Temple’s worst issues.

Clemson is 7-2 against the spread in their last nine non-conference games, 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games, and 104 against the spread against a team with a losing record. Temple is 7-2 against the spread against the ACC, 5-2 against the spread following a game which they didn’t cover the spread, and 1-4 against the spread in their last five Thursday games.

The line here isn’t much and given the way these two have played this season it looks almost like a trap and while I am not seeing Clemson being much of a factor this year I like the way their defense is playing right now so I give them the nod here. 

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