Ohio State vs. Clemson - 11/29/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Clemson Tigers (5-1) at Ohio State Buckeyes (5-2)
College Basketball: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 7:15 pm (Value City Arena)
The Line: Ohio State Buckeyes -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Clemson Tigers and Ohio State Buckeyes meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the Value City Arena.
The Clemson Tigers hope to build on their impressive 5-1 record when they take to the road for the first time. The Clemson Tigers are averaging 79.2 points on 50.3 percent shooting and allowing 66.5 points on 41.3 percent shooting. Donte Grantham is averaging 16 points and two assists while Elijah Thomas is averaging 13 points and 9.2 rebounds. Shelton Mitchell is the third double-digit scorer and Marcquise Reed is grabbing 5.3 rebounds. The Clemson Tigers are shooting 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and 77 percent from the free throw line. The Clemson Tigers are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.5 rebounds per game. The Clemson Tigers have lost four straight road games.
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The Ohio State Buckeyes look for a statement victory to build on their 5-2 record. The Ohio State Buckeyes are averaging 77.6 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 68.4 points on 40.1 percent shooting. Keita Bates-Diop is averaging 16.9 points and 10.3 rebounds while C.J. Jackson is averaging 14 points and 4.1 assists. Jae'Sean Tate is the third double-digit scorer and Kaleb Wesson is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The Ohio State Buckeyes are shooting 31.3 percent from beyond the arc and 74 percent from the free throw line. The Ohio State Buckeyes are allowing 33.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.4 rebounds per game. The Ohio State Buckeyes have won six of their last eight home games.
The Tigers are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. Big Ten. The Buckeyes are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games, 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 vs. Atlantic Coast and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The under is 6-0 in Buckeyes last 6 overall and the under is 8-3 in Tigers last 11 overall.
This is going to be a fun defensive battle, as neither team allows easy shots and they both clean up the glass better than average. The difference for me here is that Ohio State has the best player on the floor in Bates-Diop and the Buckeyes defense has done a better job of turning defense into offense. Being at home also helps the Buckeyes, as Clemson had its struggles on the road dating back to last season. I'll lay the bucket with Ohio State here.