Clemson Tigers (11-6) vs Florida State Seminoles (13-5)Date : 01/22/2019
Time : 7:00 PM
Location : Donald L. Tucker Civic Center
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Clemson Tigers vs Florida State Seminoles
The Florida State Seminoles are set to return home to the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center after playing 2 consecutive road games and they will host the Clemson Tigers in an ACC clash, the opening tipoff is slated for 7:00 PM. Florida State started the season as a dark horse in the ACC but they have struggled as of recent with a 1-4 conference record while Clemson has failed to impress themselves as they enter this matchup with a 1-3 ACC record.
Clemson Tigers's Latest Performance :
The Clemson Tigers looked destined to compete in a tough ACC this season as they have 4 seniors who are major contributors but things have not gone as planned for this veteran-led team as they currently sit at 1-3 in conference play which has them pinned towards the bottom of a deep conference. Clemson enters this game after winning their 1st ACC game this past weekend as they beat the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at home 72-60. Senior guard Marcquise Reed has been the top player all season for the Tigers as he enters this game averaging 19.7 PPG, 5.4 RPG, and 3.4 APG, but he gave Brad Brownell a monster outing in their recent game against Georgia Tech as he recorded 30 points and 6 rebounds. Senior forward Elijah Thomas has been an important piece for Clemson this season as he is the leading rebounder with 7.7 RPG but he has also been an efficient scorer as he averages 13.1 PPG, Thomas fell just short of a double-double in their latest outing with 11 points and 9 rebounds. Joining Reed in the backcourt is senior guard Shelton Mitchell and while he only scored 2 points against Georgia Tech he made a difference with his playmaking abilities as he dished out 9 assists. Clemson has not shown much depth all season but they did receive a nice outing from an unlikely source in their latest game as senior forward Javan White contributed 6 points and 4 rebounds off the bench after averaging only 1.6 PPG and 2.1 RPG.
Florida State Seminoles's Latest Performance :
The Florida State Seminoles are looking to punch their ticket to a 3rd consecutive NCAA Tournament but they are slowly falling down the totem pole as they have lost 2 straight games in ACC play which has dropped them to last place in the conference. The Seminoles were unable to put away Boston College in their latest game after being up by 10 at halftime as the Eagles stormed back with a 51-point 2nd half in an 87-82 loss. The leading scorer for the Seminoles was no other than sophomore forward Mifonduo Kabengele as he was able to record just shy of a double-double with 26 points and 9 rebounds, Kabengele comes off the bench for Leonard Hamilton and company but he is the leading scorer as he averages 12.6 PPG. The do it all guy for Florida State is senior forward Terrance Mann as he enters this game averaging 11.6 PPG and 6.3 RPG, and he flirted around that mark against Boston College with 14 points and 8 rebounds. The Seminoles were without a top piece as senior Phil Cofer sat out with a lingering foot issue which was a big blow to this team as he averages 9 PPG and 3.3 RPG. PG Trent Forrest was able to have a nice all-around game for the Seminoles as he was able to record 9 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists, Forrest enters this game averaging 9.9 PPG, 4.9 RPG, and 3,6 APG. The Seminoles have continued to use their depth to wear down teams this season as Leonard Hamilton plays up to 10 guys a game with some elite scorers coming off the bench.
How Clemson Tigers & Florida State Seminoles Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Clemson is 5-12 ATS, 1-2 ATS on the road.
Florida Stats is 6-11-1 ATS, 3-6 ATS at home.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Florida State ranks 82nd in the nation in team scoring as they score an average of 77.7 PPG while Clemson ranks 240th as they score an average of 71.5 PPG.
Clemson ranks 54th in the nation in team defense as they hold opponents to an average of 66.4 PPG while Florida State ranks 138th as they hold opponents to an average of 69.9 PPG.
Against The Spread Selection: Florida State Seminoles -5.5
My reason for the pick :
Sure Florida State has endured their struggles as of recent but the same could be said for the Clemson Tigers who have just as bad as a conference record as their counterpart. Florida State is one of the top home teams in the nation and they have shown that this season with an 8-1 home record with their lone loss coming at the buzzer against Duke while Clemson has not traveled well with a 1-2 road record. The most significant difference I see between these two teams is the fact that Florida State outscores Clemson by 6 points which also happens to be the spread. Factor in the fact that Phil Cofer should be back for the Seminoles and I think we see a double-digit victory for the hungry Florida State Seminoles who just fell from 11th ranked to unranked.
Betting trends for Clemson Tigers:
- Clemson is 0-4 ATS as an underdog this season.
Betting trends for Florida State Seminoles:
- Florida State is 21-13-2 ATS as a home favorite since 2016.