Looking to win big? The Tar Heels and Tigers face off at 12:00 ET on ESPN2. The Tigers are hosting the game at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, SC. The odds for this Atlantic Coast conference game currently have the Tigers as the betting favorite with the over/under line sitting at 159.5 points.
NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS VS CLEMSON TIGERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Clemson Tigers -3
This game will be played at Littlejohn Coliseum at 12:00 ET on Saturday, January 6th.
WHY BET THE CLEMSON TIGERS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-68 in favor of the Tigers.
- Not only will Clemson pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -3.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 159.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 143 points.
Does North Carolina Have What it Takes on the Road?
North Carolina comes into today’s game as the underdog, and they have been favored in 12 of their 13 games this season. So far, the Tar Heels have an overall record of 10-3 and have won their last three games.
On the road this season, North Carolina is 2-2 and have an average scoring margin of +2.5 points per game. In their last game, the Tar Heels defeated Pittsburgh by a score of 70-57.
As the underdog, North Carolina has struggled vs. the spread this season, going 0-1. Their overall ATS mark is 7-6, but they are just 1-9 vs. the spread in their last 10 games as the underdog.
So far this season, the over/under record for North Carolina games is 8-5. Today’s over/under line of 159.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games this year (152.6). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 147 points. In their last five games, the average scoring total is 155 points. And over their last 10 games, the average scoring total is 159 points. So far this year, seven of their games have finished with more points than today’s over/under line of 159.5.
The North Carolina offense is coming off a game in which they scored 70 points vs. Pittsburgh. Overall their field goal percentage was 36.5% while connecting on 5 threes. RJ Davis is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today’s matchup with an average of 21.1. Meanwhile, Armando Bacot also brings a PPG average of 14.9 into the game.
Currently, the Tar Heels’ defense holds the 162nd rank in the nation, allowing 72.0 points per game. In today’s game, the North Carolina defense will be looking to once again do a good job defending the three-point line, as they gave up just 5 three-pointers while giving up 57 points.
Will the Tigers Secure A Victory as Home Favorites?
After starting the season 11-0, Clemson dropped their last two games, including a 95-82 loss to Miami (FL) in their most recent contest. Despite the recent skid, the Tigers are still favored by three points over North Carolina.
So far this season, Clemson is a perfect 8-0 at home and have an average scoring margin of +16.8 points per game at home. Over their last 10 games at home, the Tigers are an impressive 9-1.
As the favorite, Clemson has gone just 4-5 vs. the spread this season. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Tigers are just 4-6 vs. the spread. At home, Clemson is 4-4 vs. the spread this season and over their last 10 home games, the Tigers are 5-5 vs. the spread.
So far this season, the over/under record for Clemson games is 9-4 and today’s line of 159.5 is higher than the average OU line in their games (147.1). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 171 points and the over/under record for their last 10 games is 8-2.
In their most recent game, the Tigers’ offense tallied 82 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 82.2 points per game. On the offensive front, the Tigers have a season-long field goal percentage of 49%, ranking 51st nationally. When it comes to three-point shooting, they are ranked 39th in terms of percentage and 33rd in three-pointers made.
On the defensive side, Clemson is currently hovering around the NCAA’s average for points allowed, conceding an average of 71.2 points per game. In their previous game vs. Miami (FL), the Hurricanes finished with a field goal percentage of 53% and a total of 95 points vs. Clemson.