North Carolina Central Eagles (0-0) at Clemson Tigers (1-0)
|Date & Time||Friday November 9, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Clemson Tigers -28.5 -- Over/Under: 135.5
The North Carolina Central Eagles and the Clemson Tigers will be meeting up at Littlejohn Coliseum on Friday from the college basketball circuit.
NC Central opens this season up after a 19-16 campaign last year, going 9-7 in MEAC play for a sixth-place finish. The Eagles rolled through four games in the MEAC Tournament to take the automatic bid, but lost in First Four activity to Texas Southern.
The Eagles had some trouble down the stretch during the regular season last year, with five losses in their last eight games. The MEAC Tournament run was nice however, as the only game that was really close was a 58-56 win over Savannah State.
Over on the Clemson side, they went 25-10 last year with a 11-7 mark in ACC play. The Tigers fell to Virginia in the semis of the conference tournament before taking out New Mexico State and Auburn in the NCAA Tournament. In the Sweet Sixteen round Clemson lost to Kansas.
In Clemson’s first action this year, they took out the Citadel 100-80. Tops in scoring for the Tigers in that one was Marcquise Reed, who posted 20 points and 13 rebounds. Shelton Mitchell and Aamir Simms each added 16 points as well.
North Carolina Central is 5-0 ATS in their last five road games and 5-1 ATS in their last six overall. The Eagles are 4-1 ATS in their last five Friday games and 5-2 ATS in their last seven non-conference games.
Meanwhile, Clemson is 6-0 ATS in their last six Friday games and 8-1 ATS in their last nine non-conference games. The Tigers are 5-1 ATS in their last six overall and 12-4 ATS in their last 16 home games.
The Eagles’ magical late-season run to the MEAC Tournament championship was soured a bit by their First Four loss, as NC Central really couldn’t get it going in a 64-46 affair.
As for Clemson, they’ve got a lot of expectation following a tie for the most wins in program history (25) and the most conference wins in program history (11) but the turnover isn’t too bad and the team will get a few interesting recruits to help out.
Still, I’m thinking the line is going to be too much for me to take the Tigers, so I’ll probably go NC Central.