Akron Zips (3-0) vs Clemson Tigers (3-0)Date : 11/19/2018
Time : 11:00 am EST
Location : Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson, South Carolina
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Akron Zips vs Clemson Tigers
The undefeated Akron Zips will travel to Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, South Carolina, to face the 23rd ranked Clemson Tigers on Monday morning at 11:30 a.m. eastern standard time. The Zips are coming off an 87-46 home win over the Chicago State Cougars on November 16th as Channel Banks led the team with 17 points for the night while shooting 3 of 4 from point range. On the other hand, the Clemson Tigers moved to 3-0 on the season with a win over the Sam Houston State Bearkats as they pulled away in the second half by outscoring the visitors 42 to 29 in the second half. Marcquise Reed led the Clemson Tiger offensive attack with 26 points on the night.
Akron Zips's Latest Performance :
While Akron has had a much easier road to their 3-0 undefeated start as opposed to the Tigers, one cannot discount the fact that Akron has taken advantage of playing less-than-stellar competition in having three blowouts to begin the 2018 season as they won by an average of 26 points in each contest. In their last outing, they jumped all over the Chicago State Cougars while going in at the half with a 39 to 13 lead in addition to cruising to victory in the second half.
As stated, Banks led the team in scoring with 17 points while Daniel Utomi chipped in 14 points in the win. In all, this will certainly be a huge test for the Akron Zips as they will figure out more about themselves (as a team) with this matchup over a Clemson Tiger team that can certainly be considered as a step up in competition. Nonetheless, the Zips must be able to make this a fast pace affair as they have won games this year due to their ability to push the ball early and often. Finally, shooting the ball at 50% for the year from the floor does not hurt their chances in the matchup, either.
Clemson Tigers's Latest Performance :
The Clemson Tigers continue to win ballgames in high scoring fashion as they are averaging 81 points for the season on 52% shooting from the field. On the other hand, their defense has been just as effective as they are allowing opponents to score an average of 63 points per game on 37% shooting from the field. It is for this reason that the Tigers are undefeated at this early point in the season while also looking to gain yet another when over an Akron team that is also undefeated on the season.
Nonetheless, in the Tigers last outing, they used 26 points from Marcquise Reed while also getting contributions from Shelton Mitchell along with Aamir Simms who chipped in 13 and 12 points, respectively, in the win as the Tigers shot over 50% from the floor for the game. On the other hand, their defense was a stellar as ever in allowing the Bearkats to shoot only 34.9% from the field while outrebounding the visitors 32 to 23 for the game. Surely, they will come into this matchup versus the Akron Zips with a focused mentality as the Zips are averaging over 80 points per game while their defense is allowing only 55 points per game to their opponents thus far in the season.
How Akron Zips & Clemson Tigers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Akron is 2-0 ATS while the OU is 1-1
Clemson is 0-3 ATS while the OU is 1-2
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Look for both teams to learn more about themselves in this matchup as the Tigers and Zips come into this game undefeated. Look for Clemson to make this a low-scoring physical Affair to where they will neutralize the offense for the Zips while pulling out a slim victory. On the other hand, Akron, as stated, is looking to push the pace a bit in which to pick up some early baskets to take control of the game. In all, look for this game to be an up-and-down affair to begin while the defense will slowly begin to assert itself as the game wears on.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Clemson Tigers
My reason for the pick :
Look for Clemson to come out with the wind in this matchup as the Akron Zips will find that the huge step up in competition will certainly cause issues for their high-scoring offense. As stated, the Zips are averaging well over 80 points per game this season, however, the Tigers are allowing under 60 points per game to their opponents and will certainly welcome the opportunity to play against and offense such as the Zips. With that being said, look for the Tigers to pull out a very convincing home victory on Monday afternoon.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
I will certainly back the under in this contest as I believe as though both defenses will perform at their best in this contest in which to lock down the opposing offense while making the game competitive and low-scoring throughout. Both teams are allowing their opponents to score under 60 points per game and I expect this trend to continue. Furthermore, the under has been to play in five of the last seven games for the Akron Zips while also being the result in three of the last five games for the Clemson Tigers. It is for this reason that the under will indeed be the strong play in this match up on Monday.
Betting trends for Akron Zips:
- Under is 7-3 in Zips last 10 neutral site games.
Betting trends for Clemson Tigers:
- Over is 9-3 in Tigers last 12 Mon. games.
Under is 7-3 in Tigers last 10 non-conference games