Clemson Tigers (8-3) vs South Carolina Gamecocks (4-6)Date : 12/22/2018
Time : 2:00 pm EST
Location : Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, South Carolina
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Clemson Tigers vs South Carolina Gamecocks
The Clemson Tigers will travel to Columbia South Carolina to face their cross-state rival in the South Carolina Gamecocks at Colonial Life Arena on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. South Carolina continues to struggle at this point in the season as they are losers of three straight games as they lost at home to the Virginia Cavaliers in their last outing has the offense shot 36% from the floor on the night while allowing the Cavaliers to shoot 44% for the game. Furthermore, the Gamecocks turned the ball over 12 times, total, in this contest while only making three of 18 three-pointers in the loss.
The Clemson Tigers enter this match up as winners of three of their last four games, overall, along with two straight as they picked up a home victory over the Buccaneers of Charleston Southern as they expanded an eight point halftime lead by outscoring the Buccaneers 43 – 24 in the second half en route to the victory as Elijah Thomas ended the game with 25 points along with 14 rebounds for Clemson in the win.
Clemson Tigers's Latest Performance :
As stated, the Clemson Tigers come into this game winners of three of their last four outings, overall. In their last outing at home versus the Buccaneers of Charleston Southern, Clemson allowed the road team only 27 points in the first half while outscoring them 43 – 32 in the second half en route to the easy victory. As stated, Thomas led the team in scoring with 25 points along with 14 boards while Aamir Simms along with Shelton Mitchell also had 15 and 14 points, respectively for Clemson in the win.
And despite committing 22 turnovers on the night, the Tigers outrebounded the Buccaneers by a margin of 33 – 19 for the night as the Tigers allowed an opponent to score under 70 points for the fourth time in their last five outings, overall. Their offense has not been overly impressive lately, however, the Tigers have been increasing their scoring output slowly but surely in recent outings and will look to push the pace in this matchup as well versus the South Carolina Gamecocks in which to catch a solid defensive unit for the Gamecocks on its heels.
South Carolina Gamecocks's Latest Performance :
As stated, South Carolina continues to struggle on the offensive end in 2018 as they are only averaging 61 points during their current 3 game losing streak. Leading scorer AJ Lawson has struggled during this time as he is only averaging 10 points per game for the Gamecocks. In their last outing versus the Virginia Cavaliers, Lawson ended the game with seven points on 1-5 shooting from the floor while also dishing out only three assists on the night. Chris Silva also struggled from the field as he went 4-12 in ending with 11 points along with six rebounds as South Carolina shot 36% from the floor along with 16% from three-point range.
And while the Gamecocks won the rebounding battle, as stated, they committed 12 turnovers for the night to which Virginia took advantage of en route to the huge victory. Ty Jerome led the Cavaliers in scoring with 25 points for the game in addition to pulling down six rebounds while dishing out seven assists. Kyle Guy also chipped in 18 points for the Cavaliers in the much-needed victory as well.
The Gamecocks will now look to get back on track after a devastating three-game stretch by challenging the Clemson Tigers who also recovered from a two-game losing skid in which to win three of their next four games, overall, heading into this matchup. Of course, the Gamecocks will certainly need to bring their defense in this contest as the Tigers are shooting over 48% from the floor on a nightly basis.
How Clemson Tigers & South Carolina Gamecocks Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Clemson is 2 – 9 ATS while the OU is 5 – 6
South Carolina is 2 – 8 ATS while the OU is 6 – 3
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Look for the Clemson Tigers to establish themselves on the defensive end of the floor early and often versus South Carolina, as I am sure that the Gamecocks will follow the same type of philosophy. In other words, the focus and intensity will indeed be there for both teams as the Clemson Tigers would like to extend their current streak of play while South Carolina will like to end a damaging 3 game losing streak in the meantime. In all, one should really expect a competitive matchup on Saturday afternoon as they each will be fighting tooth-and-nail in which to pick up a victory along with state bragging rights.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Clemson Tigers
My reason for the pick :
South Carolina truly has problems on the offensive end of the floor, as stated. They have struggled primarily in their last three games do to their leading scorer experiencing a cold streak along with other players not stepping up in which to compensate for the lack of offensive production. Nonetheless, look for the Tigers to take advantage of this as they will establish themselves versus an already inconsistent offense for the Gamecocks while coming up with just enough shots on the offensive end in which to navigate themselves against a aggressive Carolina defense in the end.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
The under has been the play in three of the last five games for both these teams and will certainly be the strong play in this contest on Saturday afternoon as well. Again, both defensive will certainly establish themselves early in this matchup, thus neutralizing already inconsistent offenses on the year for both the Tigers and the Gamecocks. With that being the case, one should really expect the total to not be surpassed as both defenses will take center stage in a low-scoring yet competitive affair throughout.
Betting trends for Clemson Tigers:
- The Tigers are 1-5 ATS in last 6 games
- The under is 6 – 4 in Tigers last 10 games
Betting trends for South Carolina Gamecocks:
- The Gamecocks are 1-4 ATS in last 5 games
- The under is 6 – 3 in Gamecocks last nine games