Clemson Tigers vs. Belmont Bruins Pick-Odds-Prediction 3/25/14
Belmont Bruins (26-9) at Clemson Tigers (22-12)
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 travel to Clemson to play the Tigers on Tuesday night in the quarterfinals of the NIT.
The Belmont Bruins defeated Robert Morris at home 82-71 to move on to the quarterfinals on Tuesday night. The Bruins now hold an overall record of 26-9 and they have won nine out of their last ten games coming into this matchup. On the season, The Bruins are led by Craig Bradshaw, who is averaging a team-high 21 points per game. J.J. Mann is averaging a second-best 18 points per game, while Drew Windler is averaging a team-high 6 rebounds per contest. Mann and Windler are both seniors and they bring a great deal of experience to this squad. The Bruins average 80.2 points per game while shooting an impressive 50.5% from the field as a team this season. Belmont is not a good rebounding team, but they do distribute the ball well on the offensive end of the floor. Belmont played a few tough teams this year and they played well against them. The Bruins beat North Carolina back in November and they lost by 13 at Kentucky in December. Since then, Belmont has played mostly conference games so this will be their biggest test in months.
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The Clemson Tigers defeated Illinois at home 50-49 on Sunday to earn a spot in the quarterfinals on Tuesday night. On the season, Clemson is led by K.J. McDaniels, who is averaging a team-high 17.3 points and 7.1 rebounds per game this year. McDaniels has the potential to be a solid NBA player and he is the only player on Clemson that has pure playmaking abilities. The Clemson offense is only averaging 63.3 points per game while shooting 41.8% from the field as a team this season. The Tigers rely heavily on their defense, which only gives up 57.9 points per game on average, which ranks 4th in the country. Clemson allowed only 49 points to Illiniois and hasn’t allowed over 66 points in the last four contests they have played in. Clemson has only won five out of their last eight games overall as the Tigers struggled down the stretch in ACC competition. The Tigers will be at home for this game; Clemson have won five out of their last six home games.
This will be a battle between one offensive powerhouse and one of the stingiest defenses in the country. I think Clemson has an edge being at home and having a solid defense to fall back on. McDaniels will have to exploit a Belmont defense that has given up a ton of points this season. I think Belmont will struggle at first against the Tigers defense but they will make some adjustment down the stretch to keep this game close. I think 6 points is too many for a Clemson team that can self-destruct at times. I’ll take the Bruins to cover on Tuesday night.