The Minnesota Golden Gophers (3-4) will be at home in Williams Arena when they square off with the Clemson Tigers (5-2). Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET on Monday, December 2, 2019, and it can be seen on ESPN2.
Clemson Tigers at Minnesota Golden Gophers Odds Preview
The Tigers fell to the No. 21 Colorado Buffaloes in their last matchup, 71-67. With 23 points on 7-for-14 shooting, Aamir Simms was the game’s leading scorer. Colorado held the Tigers to an offensive rebounding percentage of 20.0 (below their season average of 25.8). Clemson, on the other hand, had a better effective field goal percentage (0.490 vs. 0.461).
In the Golden Gophers’ previous outing, they were topped by the DePaul Blue Demons, 73-68. Daniel Oturu was Minnesota’s high scorer with 19 points on 5-for-10 shooting. DePaul held the Golden Gophers to an effective field goal percentage of 0.402 (below their season average of 0.523). Minnesota, on the other hand, had a free throw rate of 0.311 (above their season average of 0.121).
Half-court execution will be critical when two of the nation’s slowest-paced teams battle. Minnesota ranks 267th in possessions per game (67.7) and Clemson is 272nd (67.5) since last season. Moreover, the 43rd-ranked defense of the Tigers (opponents’ effective field goal percentage of 0.471) will go head-to-head against the 278th-ranked offense of the Golden Gophers (effective field goal percentage of 0.486).
Clemson at Minnesota Prediction
Free Basketball Tip: SU Winner – Clemson, ATS Winner – Clemson, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2018-Present):
The Golden Gophers rank 36th in three pointers allowed per game (19.5) while the Tigers rank 161st (22.2).
Clemson ranks 167th in rebounds per game (35.4) while Minnesota ranks 172nd in rebounds allowed per game (34.9).
Clemson ranks 44th in blocks allowed per game (2.7) while Minnesota ranks 244th (4.2).
The Tigers rank 92nd in steals per game (7.0) while the Golden Gophers rank 268th (5.1).
Minnesota ranks 54th in assists per game (14.8) while Clemson ranks 230th (12.5).