North Carolina State Wolfpack (6-1) at Clemson Tigers (8-1)
College Basketball: Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Littlejohn Coliseum)
The Line: Clemson Tigers -5.5 -- Over/Under: 136 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The NC State Wolfpack and the Clemson Tigers meet in college basketball action from Littlejohn Coliseum on Tuesday night.
The NC State Wolfpack come into this game looking to build on their 6-1 mark after a 79-76 win over Boston College last time out. Devon Daniels leads the Wolfpack in scoring with 16.3 PPG along with 4.7 RPG and 3.3 APG this season while Jericole Hellems is 2nd in scoring with 12.6 PPG while sharing the team lead on the glass with 5.3 RPG this season. DJ Funderburk has 11.5 PPG to cap off NC State’s trio of double-digit scorers heading into Tuesday’s matchup while Manny Bates has 9.9 PPG with 5.3 RPG and Cam Hayes has 8.2 PPG with a team-high 4 APG this season. As a team, NC State is averaging 81 PPG on 49.2% shooting from the field, 37.1% from 3-point range and 65.6% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 64.7 PPG on 43.1% shooting from the field and 31.5% from 3-point range this season.
The Clemson Tigers will look to add to their 8-1 mark after a narrow 66-65 win over Miami in their last matchup. Aamir Simms leads the Tigers in scoring and rebounding with an average of 13.1 PPG and 5.7 RPG, shooting 60.6% from the floor and 50% from 3-point range. Al-Amir Dawes has 10.2 PPG as the only other double-digit scorer for Clemson heading into the action on Tuesday. Nick Honor is also averaging 9.6 PPG and a team-high 2.4 APG and 1.9 steals per game this season. As a team, Clemson is averaging 67.7 points on 42.4% shooting from the field and 74.8% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 56.2 points on 38.7% shooting from the field and 29.1% from 3-point range this season.
NC State is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 Tuesday games. Clemson is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall while the over is 7-1 in their last 8 Tuesday games. The underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
I’ve gone back and forth on this game as I can make a case for either side, but I do think you have one of the nation’s best defensive teams in Clemson against a decent defensive unit in NC State, leaving us a battle that stays in the 60s on both sides. I’ll side with the under in this matchup.