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Pittsburgh vs. Clemson - 2/27/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Clemson at Pittsburgh
Date & Time Wednesday February 27, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Petersen Events Center
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The Line
The Line: Pittsburgh +4 -- Over/Under: 131
TV Channel
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The Clemson Tigers and Pittsburgh Panthers meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the Petersen Events Center.

The Clemson Tigers could use a win after splitting their last 12 games. The Clemson Tigers are averaging 69.6 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 64.3 points on 41.1 percent shooting. Marcquise Reed is averaging 19.2 points and three assists while Elijah Thomas is averaging 13.1 points and 7.8 rebounds. Shelton Mitchell is the third double-digit scorer and Aamir Simms is grabbing 4.6 rebounds. The Clemson Tigers are shooting 33 percent from beyond the arc and 72.8 percent from the free throw line. The Clemson Tigers are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.3 rebounds per game. The Clemson Tigers have lost six of their last seven road games.

The Pittsburgh Panthers could use a win here to snap a 10-game losing streak. The Pittsburgh Panthers are averaging 72.3 points on 42.5 percent shooting and allowing 68.9 points on 40.7 percent shooting. Xavier Johnson is averaging 16.6 points and 4.6 assists while Jared Wilson-Frame is averaging 12.1 points and 4.7 rebounds. Trey McGowens is the third double-digit scorer and Au'Diese Toney is grabbing 5.9 rebounds. The Pittsburgh Panthers are shooting 32.7 percent from beyond the arc and 70 percent from the free throw line. The Pittsburgh Panthers are allowing 32.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.7 rebounds per game. The Pittsburgh Panthers have lost their last four home games.

The Tigers are 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record. The Panthers are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 home games, 1-9-1 ATS in their last 11 vs. Atlantic Coast and 1-9-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Tigers are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the favorite is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings. The under is 43-19 in Panthers last 62 overall. The under is 26-10 in Panthers last 36 home games.

Clemson beat Pittsburgh in the first meeting this season by 13 points, and that was a game the Panthers actually shot the ball well. The problem is the Pittsburgh Panthers continue to have serious offensive issues, especially lately where they're shooting just 38.9 percent from the field and losing by an average of 5.6 points in their last five games. Pittsburgh has been held to 65 or less points in seven of its last 10 games. The Clemson Tigers have had their hiccups on the road this season, but their defense travels, and that's bad news for a Pittsburgh team that can't score. I'll lay the reasonable number with the Tigers, even if it's more of a fade against Pittsburgh than anything else. 

Clemson -4

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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