Clemson (5-1) @ Ohio State (5-2)
NCAAB: Wednesday, November 29th, 2017, 7:15 PM ET, Value City Arena
Spread: Ohio State -2.5 O/U: 142.5
Free NCAAB Clemson @ Ohio State Pick
The Clemson Tigers will head to the Value Center Arena to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Tip off is at 7:15 PM ET. Both of these teams are looking to compete in their respective competitive conferences, and this game is a good early-season test of their mettle.
Clemson has started the season fast, though they have not really been tested yet (this will be their first road game of the year). Nevertheless, they have played especially well considering they lost their junior forward David Skara, who was supposed to one of their key contributors, to a suspension. So far, Donte Grantham has been their best scorer, at 16 PPG, and has also chipped in with 6 boards per contest. Additionally, Elijah Thomas has contributed with 13 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. This is an experienced squad with a well-balanced attack. They currently have five players averaging double-digit point totals, and every one of them is an upperclassman.
For the Buckeyes, Keita Bates-Diop has been a force, averaging 16.9 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. C.J. Jackson and Jae’Sean Tate have been solid contributors as well, averaging 14 and 13.7 PPG, respectively. Similar to Clemson, this is a seasoned group, as all three of these players are upperclessmen. They come into this game trying to rebound after a tough 1-point overtime loss against Butler. They spoiled a 16-point lead with under 4 minutes to play, as the Bulldogs went on a 20-5 run to tie it up at the end of regulation. OSU shot well enough and played good defense, but was plagued by an unacceptable 24 turnovers.
Free NCAAB Clemson @ Ohio State Prediction
As usual, Buckeyes fans are expected to be out in droves for this matchup between two high-profile schools. Needless to say, this is no easy task for a Clemson team just getting its feet wet on the road. This Ohio State squad, specifically its group of proud upperclass leaders, is looking to rebound this season after a disappointing 17-15 record last year. Clemson was similar in 2016-17, going 17-16, though that program does not have the pedigree that OSU does on the hardwood.
Clemson has the better record this season, at 5-1 compared to the Buckeyes’ 5-2 mark. Neither one of these teams is a world-beater, and I expect them both to be bubble teams as March Madness nears, if that. However, the Buckeyes have a bit more talent than the Tigers, and I expect that to show in front of a raucous crowd in Columbus.
Clemson is 2-2 ATS this season, while OSU is 2-3. Dig deeper though, and you’ll find that the Tigers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games against Big Ten teams. Meanwhile, the Buckeyes are 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 against ACC schools. I would take the under in this game, for I think OSU is going to grind it out a bit. I am confident picking the Buckeyes to cover the 2.5-point spread here. Follow along at CTS365 for any updates, and good luck to you all!