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Clemson vs. Pittsburgh - 1/29/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Pittsburgh at Clemson
Date & Time Tuesday January 29, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location
Littlejohn Coliseum
Clemson, SC
The Line
Clemson Tigers -9.5 -- Over/Under: 134
TV Channel
ESPNU
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Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Panthers and the Clemson Tigers meet in an ACC college basketball matchup from Littlejohn Coliseum on Tuesday night.

The Pittsburgh Panthers come into this game looking to snap a 3-game losing skid following a 66-51 loss to Louisville in their last outing. Jared Wilson-Frame led the Panthers with 14 points on 5 of 13 shooting with 4 threes as the lone Panther to score in double figures in the losing effort while also contributing 6 rebounds. Xavier Johnson added 9 points with a team-high 4 assists while Khameron Davis pulled down a team-high 8 rebounds and Terrell Brown contributed a pair of blocks as well in the loss. Johnson leads Pittsburgh with an average of 16.2 points and 4.4 assists per game while Au’Diese Toney leads the Panthers in rebounding with 6 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Pittsburgh is averaging 74.4 points per game on 43.8% shooting from the field, 33% from 3-point range and 72.1% from the foul line this season.

The Clemson Tigers will look to rebound after losing back-to-back games and 5 of their last 6 games following a 69-67 loss to NC State in their last outing. Marcquise Reed led the Tigers with 19 points along with a team-high 8 rebounds and a pair of steals while Elijah Thomas added 18 points on 8 of 11 shooting with 6 rebounds and 3 blocks as the only other Clemson player to score in double-digits in the losing effort. David Skara and Clyde Trapp each had 6 rebounds as well while Aamir Simms added 6 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals. Reed leads Clemson in scoring with 19.2 points per game while Thomas leads the Tigers in rebounding with 7.8 rebounds per game and Shelton Mitchell leads Clemson in assists with 3.1 helpers per game this season. As a team, Clemson is averaging 71.1 points per game on 46.6% shooting from the field, 30.6% from behind the 3-point line and 72.2% from the foul line this season.

Pittsburgh is 15-6-1 ATS in their last 22 games overall and 12-4-1 ATS in their last 17 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 36-15 in their last 51 road games. Clemson is 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games overall and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 home games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 conference games. Pitt is 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.

Pitt has struggled in this matchup in the last couple of years, but let’s remember that two of those meetings came when Pitt went winless in conference play last season. The Panthers are much improved since then, despite dropping 3 in a row as of late. With that said, I agree that Clemson should probably be favored here, but I’m not sure they should be this big of a favorite. Clemson did hang around with NC State and Florida State, but scored just 96 combined points against Syracuse and Virginia, two teams that play above average and elite defense respectively. I’m not sure Pittsburgh is on the same level as Syracuse and Virginia, but the Panthers are solid defensively in their own right for much of the season and have the talent to keep this game close, so I’ll take a shot with Pittsburgh and the points in this one.

Pick:
Pittsburgh +9.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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