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Clemson Tigers vs. NC State Wolfpack

Clemson Tigers (19-12) vs. NC State Wolfpack (21-10)   TV: ESPN

NCAAB: Wednesday, March 13 2019 12:00 PM ET (Spectrum Center)

Spread: Clemson -2   Over/under: 144.5

Free NCAA Basketball Picks Clemson Tigers vs. NC State Wolfpack

The NC State Wolfpack will face the Clemson Tigers in the second round of the ACC tournament. Clemson is 8th in the ACC with a 9-9 in-conference record. NC State is tied for 8th in the ACC, with a 9-9 in-conference record. These teams are pretty close in the standings and it should be a competitive game. Clemson is lead by senior guard, Marcquise Reed (19.4 ppg 5.6 rpg 3.0 apg), a decent 35.8% 3 point shooter. The other two double digit scorers are senior forward, Elijah Thomas (13.2 ppg 8.0 rpg 1.4 apg) and senior guard, Shelton Mitchell (11.7 ppg 2.6 rpg 3.0 apg). Outside of their trio of seniors, 3 other players average at least 5.9 ppg. With basically a 6 man rotation, Clemson lacks depth and can’t afford any injuries to its top contributors.

NC State is lead by senior guard, Torin Dorn (13.7 ppg 6.9 rpg 1.3 apg). Junior guards, C.J. Bryce (11.7 ppg 4.5 rpg 1.8 apg 38.1 3P%) and Markell Johnson (11.5 ppg 2.5 rpg 4.3 apg 40.8 3P%) provide solid outside shooting for the team. NC State has solid depth as 3 other players average at least 9.0 ppg and below that 3 other players average at least 5.0 ppg. With many players capable of contributing NC State is difficult to guard and the other team can’t just key in on any one player. Clemson will need to stay consistent defensively in order to remain competitive in a win or go home tournament game.

NC State is 22nd in scoring at 80.71 ppg, while Clemson is a less potent offensive team averaging 68.95 ppg. NC State is an inconsistent defensive team allowing 71.93 ppg, but plays better defense in home games. Clemson is a more cohesive defensive unit ranking 21st in points allowed at 64.2 ppg. If Clemson can continue to play that terrific defense they should be able to win the game. NC State will want to increase the tempo and make it a high scoring game to increase their number of possessions.

Cover The Spread 365 Stats

Clemson Tigers

Clemson is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games

Clemson is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Clemson’s last 5 games when playing North Carolina State

NC State Wolfpack

North Carolina State is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of North Carolina State’s last 5 games when playing Clemson

 NCAA Basketball Picks Clemson Tigers vs. NC State Wolfpack

Clemson is coming off a Saturday home win over Syracuse, 67-55. Marcquise Reed lead the team with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 5 steals. Clemson is 6-4 in their last 10 games. NC State is coming off a Saturday road win over Boston College, 73-47. C.J. Bryce lead the team with 14 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists in the blowout victory. NC State is 5-5 in their last 10 games. NC State previously hosted Clemson earlier in the season winning, 69-67. Braxton Beverly hit a buzzer beating 3 to give NC State the dramatic home win and put them up by 2. This should be another close game. The game will be played on a neutral court at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Pick: NC State +2

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