Georgia Bulldogs (3-1) at Clemson Tigers (4-0)
|Date & Time||Tuesday November 20, 2018, 1:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Clemson Tigers -6 -- Over/Under: 139.5
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The Clemson Tigers and the Georgia Bulldogs meet in the semifinals of the 2018 Cayman Islands Classic on Tuesday afternoon.
The Clemson Tigers punched their ticket to the semifinals with a 72-69 win over Akron in their last outing. Shelton Mitchell led the Tigers with 22 points on 6 of 15 shooting with a 9 of 13 mark from the foul line with 4 steals. Marcquise Reed came 2nd with 16 points while Elijah Thomas came right behind with 15 points and 12 rebounds for the double-double. Aamir Simms chipped in 12 points to round out the scoring in double figures for Clemson in the winning effort. Reed leads Clemson with an average of 17 points and 3.8 assists per game while Thomas is Clemson’s top rebounder with 7.2 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Clemson is averaging 79.2 points per game on 51.4% shooting from the field, 38.2% from behind the arc and 72% from the foul line this season.
The Georgia Bulldogs got to the semifinals thanks to an 80-68 win over Illinois State in their last outing. Rayshaun Hammonds led the Dawgs with 31 points on 11 of 22 shooting with 7 rebounds while Nicolas Claxton added 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the double-double as the only other Georgia player to score in double figures in the winning effort. Tyree Crump was held scoreless but still leads the Bulldogs with 13.3 points per game while Claxton leads Georgia on the glass with 8 rebounds per game and TeShaun Hightower leads the Bulldogs with 2.3 assists per game this season. As a team, Georgia is averaging 87.3 points per game on 51.1% shooting from the field, 32.2% from behind the arc and 70.7% from the foul line this season.
Clemson is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games against the SEC and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 neutral site games. Georgia is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against the ACC while the under is 9-3 in their last 12 games following a win. The favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
I'm leaning towards Clemson here. Georgia is talented, but I feel like the Tigers just have a little bit more depth with the likes of Mitchell and Reed leads leading the charge. Plus, Clemson is more tournament tested than the Bulldogs are, and I feel that the experience can only help in a situation like this.