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Clemson vs. Syracuse - 1/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Syracuse Orange (13-4) at Clemson Tigers (9-7)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 4:00 pm (Littlejohn Coliseum)

The Line: Clemson Tigers +1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


The Syracuse Orange and Clemson Tigers square off Saturday at the Littlejohn Coliseum.

The Syracuse Orange have won seven straight games and play their fifth true road game. On the season, Syracuse is averaging 69.7 points on 44.1 percent shooting and is allowing 59 points on 37.5 percent shooting. Rakeem Christmas is averaging 18.2 points and 8.9 rebounds while Trevor Cooney is averaging 14.5 points and 2.4 assists. Michael Gbinije is the third player averaging double-digit points and Tyler Roberson is grabbing 6.6 rebounds. The Syracuse Orange are a defensive team that’s allowing 27.7 percent shooting from downtown and has given up 67 or less points in six of their last seven games. Offensively, Syracuse is shooting 66.2 percent from the line and 32.6 percent from deep. Syracuse is 2-2 SU on the road.

Clemson vs. Syracuse - 1/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The Clemson Tigers have split their last 10 games and look for their second ACC win. On the season, Clemson is averaging 63.3 points on 41.7 percent shooting and is allowing 62.4 points on 39.8 percent shooting. Jaron Blossomgame is averaging 13.7 points and 8.3 rebounds while Damarcus Harrison is averaging 10.4 points and 1.6 assists. Donte Grantham is grabbing 4.8 rebounds and Rod Hall is grabbing 3.4 assists. The Clemson Tigers are a defensive team that’s allowing 31.8 percent shooting from deep and has allowed 65 or less points in five of their last six games. Offensively, Clemson is shooting 67.7 percent from the line and 29 percent from downtown.

The Orange are 2-9-1 ATS in their last 12 vs. Atlantic Coast and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Tigers are 10-2-1 ATS in their last 13 Saturday games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games. 

Two defensive teams that can go several minutes without scoring. However, Syracuse is tougher to score on and has some decent players in the paint who will score a few easy ones. Look for Syracuse to pick up the win and the cover. 

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