Clemson Tigers vs. Pittsburgh Panthers Pick-Odds-Prediction 3/8/14
Pittsburgh Panthers (22-8) at Clemson Tigers (19-10)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 4:00 pm (Littlejohn Coliseum)
The Line: Clemson Tigers 0 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN Full Court
The Pittsburgh Panthers travel to Clemson to play the Tigers on Saturday afternoon.
The Pittsburgh Panthers dropped to 22-8, 10-7 ACC after losing to North Carolina State at home 74-67 on Monday night. On the season, Lamar Patterson, who in my opinion is one of the best players in the ACC, if not the country this season, leads the Panthers. Patterson averages a team-high 17.2 points and 4.4 assists per game this season. Talib Zanna is averaging a second-best 12.2 points per game while averaging a team-high 8.1 rebounds per game. The Panthers averages a solid 72.3 points per game while shooting 45.8% from the field as a team this season. Pittsburgh is one of the better rebounding teams in the ACC, averaging 36.6 boards per game. Pittsburgh bounced back with two straight wins after losing three straight games, but then they got right back to losing on Monday night. The Panthers will be out on the road for this one; Pittsburgh has won three of their last four on the road in conference play.
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The Clemson Tigers improved to 19-10, 10-7 ACC after beating Miami at home on Tuesday night 58-54. On the season, K.J. Daniels leads the Tigers in scoring and rebounding, averaging 16.8 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. Daniels is a highlight waiting to happen on any play and he is a legit playmaker for this Clemson squad. Rod Hall is averaging a second-best 9.1 points per game while averaging a team-high 3.8 assists per game. The Tigers are averaging only 62.3 points per game while shooting only 41.6% from the field as a team this season. Clemson is one of the better rebounding teams in the ACC, but they are terrible at distributing the basketball on the offensive end of the floor. The Tigers have won four of their last five games after losing three straight in the middle of February. Clemson will be out on the road for this one; the Tigers have lost three of their last four four on the road in conference play.
This should be a low-scoring game with two teams that can play solid defense. Clemson definitely has the edge on the defensive end of the floor, and both teams have two elite playmakers in Patterson and McDaniels. I think the Panthers keep struggling and Clemson earns their 20th win on Saturday.