Clemson Tigers vs. Belmont Bruins - 3/25/14 NIT Quarterfinal
Clemson Tigers (22-12) vs. Belmont Bruins (26-9)
College Basketball: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Littlejohn Coliseum)
The Line: Clemson Tigers -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Belmont Bruins and Clemson Tigers will play Tuesday night in an NIT quarterfinal.
Belmont has beaten Robert Morris and Green Bay as a five seed to make it this far in the tournament. On the season, Belmont averages 79.6 points on 49.8 percent shooting and allows 74.1 points on 45.8 percent shooting. The Bruins are one of the worst rebounding teams in the country at 30.7 boards per game, but they shoot 73.9 percent from the free throw line and 39.3 percent from beyond the arc. Senior J.J. Mann leads Belmont with 18.3 points per game. The Belmont Bruins are 16-16 ATS overall this season.
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Clemson has knocked off Georgia State and Illinois as a three seed to advance to the quarterfinals. On the season, Clemson averages 63.4 points on 42.3 percent shooting and allows 58.9 points on 39.3 percent shooting. Clemson is primary a defensive team that has held nine of its last 11 opponents to 66 or less points. Clemson does a better job of rebounding at 35.7 boards per game and shoots 74 percent from the free throw line and 30.1 percent from downtown. Clemson is led by junior K.J. McDaniels, who averages 17.3 points and 7.1 rebounds. The Clemson Tigers are 15-11-3 ATS overall.
The Bruins are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Tigers are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 12-5 ATS in their last 17 non-conference games.
Although Belmont is a great offensive team, the Bruins haven’t faced a defense as good as Clemson’s. The Bruins are also going to get hammered on the glass with the more physical Tigers crashing the boards.
With Clemson at home and the Tigers being the more physical team, I’ll take the chalk in this matchup.