Virginia Cavaliers (13-0) vs Clemson tigers (10-4)Date : 01/12/2019
Time : 12:00 pm EST
Location : Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson, South Carolina
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Virginia Cavaliers vs Clemson tigers
The top-ranked Virginia Cavaliers will travel to Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, South Carolina, to battle the Clemson Tigers in an ACC matchup on Saturday afternoon at 12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Clemson recently halted a four-game winning streak as they fell on the road to the Duke Blue Devils as they went down by just seven points at the hallf while being outscored 47-35 in the second half while shooting just 42% from the field for just their fourth loss in their last 10 outings.
The Virginia Cavaliers kept their undefeated streak alive as they picked up a 13-point win over the Florida State Seminoles at home in their last outing as the defense allowed just 34% shooting for the Seminoles on the night while the visitors also turned the ball over 13 times as Virginia was able to prevent opponents from eclipsing the 60 point mark in five of their last six games, overall.
Virginia Cavaliers's Latest Performance :
In fact, the Virginia Cavaliers are ranked in the top 10 in every major defensive category in the nation as they allow just 51 points per game on 37% shooting from the floor on a nightly basis. In their last matchup on the road versus the Boston College Eagles, their overall defensive prowess was Illustrated like none other as they allowed the home team to shoot just 38% from the floor while connecting on just seven of 25 3-point attempts in the contest as the only two double-digit scores were Nick Popovich along with Ky Bowman, who ended with 16 and 15 points, respectively. The Eagles were also outrebounded heavily by a 38-18 margin for the game while committing eight turnovers, total, in defeat.
On the other hand, the Virginia Cavaliers, which are not known for their offensive punch, shot 60% from the floor on the night while getting 18 points each from DeAndre Hunter along with Mamadi Diakite as they combined for 13 rebounds in the victory. Kyle Guy chipped in 10 points as well for a Virginia Cavaliers team that have succeeded in allowing opponents to score 60 points or less in six of the last seven games, overall.
They now look to a team whose offense has struggled lately while looking to come out of a funk at home, where they have been very dominant in 2018. On the other hand, Virginia, of course, are winners of the last three road games to where they are allowing opponents to score just 64 points during this time.
Clemson tigers's Latest Performance :
The Clemson Tigers continue to go through a rough patch on the offensive end as they are losers of two straight games, as stated, primarily due to their inability to remain consistent on the offensive end. In their last two outings, the Tigers are averaging just 60 points per game. Leading scorer for the season in Marquise Reed has scored 20 or more points in three straight games before their losing streak; Yet, his average dropped to 15 points per game in his last two outings. Read ended with 16 points along while pulling down six rebounds in their last matchup versus the Syracuse Orange on the road as he also turned the ball over five times throughout the contest. The only other double-digit score for Clemson was Elijah Thomas, who ended with 13 points while also pulling down seven rebounds in defeat on a night where the Tigers shot a dismal 35% from the floor while making good on just five of 28 3-point attempts.
On the other hand, Syracuse shot a tad better at 42% from the field while also taking advantage of 16 turnovers for the Tigers in the contest as Elijah Hughes led the team with 14 points along with seven rebounds while Tyus Battle along with Frank Howard had 12 points apiece for Syracuse in the much-needed conference victory. Clemson will now look to regroup at home where they have won four of their last five games including four straight at Littlejohn Coliseum.
During their four-game home winning streak, their offense has averaged 79 points while the defense has relegated opponents to just 61 points. They will certainly have their hands full versus the top-ranked Virginia Cavaliers as they are ranked as one of the best in the nation in limiting offensive opportunities for their opponents throughout 2018.
How Virginia Cavaliers & Clemson tigers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Virginia is 10 – 3 against the spread while the OU is 5-8
Clemson is 4 – 10 against the spread while the OU is 8 – 6
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Look for this to be yet another interesting ACC battle versus the Virginia Cavaliers and the Clemson Tigers as the Tigers will certainly be looking to push the pace early and often in which to catch the Virginia Defense on its heels. As stated, Clemson has been dominant at Littlejohn Coliseum in 2018 and will certainly be looking to pull off a huge upset on Saturday afternoon. On the other hand, Virginia will simply be looking to play their style of play in this matchup as they will rely on their defense in which to slow down the pace of this game while utilizing their efficiency in which to create easier offensive opportunities.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Virginia Cavaliers
My reason for the pick :
I will back the Virginia Cavaliers in this contest as they are simply the better team at the moment and will stifle a Clemson offense that has had struggles in scoring lately. In all, Virginia will create some space amongst themselves and the home team in this matchup as their defense will certainly take center stage while the offense will certainly capitalized off of their effective play on this end as well in the form of getting to the free-throw line and / or creating easy buckets within transition. In all, Virginia Cavaliers will pull out a convincing victory over a lackluster Clemson Tiger squad in this matchup.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
I will back the under in this matchup as Clemson will find it difficult in which to make some headway versus a very solid defense for the Virginia Cavaliers on Saturday afternoon. And while the Cavaliers are coming off a game to where they put up over 80 points, look for them to score just enough in which to pick up a victory in this contest as the under will certainly be the strong play.
Betting trends for Virginia Cavaliers:
- The Cavaliers are 8-2 against the spread in last 10 games
- The under is 7-3 in Cavaliers last 10 games
Betting trends for Clemson tigers:
- The Tigers are 3-1 against the spread in last 4 games
- The over is 5-1 in Tigers last six games