The Clemson Tigers (9-1) welcome the South Carolina Gamecocks (7-2) to Littlejohn Coliseum. The Tigers look to lengthen their five-game winning streak. The games Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 139 points with Clemson opening as a 7-point favorite. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 19, 2017.
South Carolina Gamecocks at Clemson Tigers Free Preview
In the Gamecocks last matchup, they barely escaped the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, 80-78. With 15 points and nine rebounds, South Carolina’s Chris Silva had a good performance. The Gamecocks made 22 of their 31 free throws (71.0 percent) and had a turnover percentage of 16.9 (better than their season average of 18.3).
The Tigers hope to maintain momentum after just getting past the No. 22 Florida Gators in their last game, 71-69. With 22 points on 6-for-8 shooting, Marcquise Reed was Clemson’s high scorer. The Tigers had a ridiculous free throw rate of 0.444 (above their season average of 0.263) and had a better effective field goal percentage (0.567 vs. 0.492).
The game should be a battle of strength against strength as the high-powered offense of Clemson takes on the top-notch defense of South Carolina. Dating back to the 2016-17 season, the Tigers rank 58th in offensive efficiency, while the Gamecocks are 33rd in defensive efficiency.
Of South Carolina’s 10 games, five have finished over the O/U total, while 4 of Clemson’s 7 games have finished under the O/U total. The Tigers hold the substantial advantage straight up (SU) (9-1 vs. 7-2), but the Gamecocks have the superior against the spread (ATS) record (5-4-1 vs. 5-2).
The Tigers won the lone game against the Gamecocks last season, 62-60. Getting to the free throw line was one of Clemson’s biggest strengths. They made 27 trips to the line, while South Carolina went 20 times.
South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Clemson Tigers Betting Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Clemson, ATS Winner – South Carolina, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Tigers rank 26th in assists allowed per game (12.4) while the Gamecocks rank 64th (10.3).
- Clemson allows the 23rd-fewest rebounds per game (34.2) while South Carolina ranks 42nd (34.6).
- Clemson ranks 19th in steals allowed per game (5.0) while South Carolina ranks 178th (6.5).
- The Tigers rank seventh in blocks allowed per game (3.0) while the Gamecocks rank 116th (3.8).
- South Carolina ranks 114th in three pointers attempted per game (20.4) while Clemson ranks 153rd in three pointers allowed per game (21.8).