Pittsburgh Panthers (12-8) vs Clemson Tigers (11-8)Date : 01/29/2019
Time : 9:00 pm EST
Location : Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson, South Carolina
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Pittsburgh Panthers vs Clemson Tigers
The Pittsburgh Panthers will travel to Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, South Carolina, to face the Clemson Tigers at 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday night for an ACC battle. The Tigers lost their second straight game along with five of the last six, overall, as they came up short versus the NC State Wolfpack on the road as the Tigers rallied from a six-point halftime deficit in which to outscore the Wolfpack 43-39 in the second half. However, the Tigers were not able to withstand 15 turnovers on the night while also allowing 9 3-pointers to NC State throughout the contest, compared to Clemson going 0-7 for the night.
On the other hand, the Pittsburgh Panthers have lost four of their last five overall along with three straight as their defense continued to remain solid versus a red hot Louisville team in their last time out, however, their offense continued to struggle as they could only post 51 points on the night on 35% shooting while also committing 17 turnovers en route to the loss.
Pittsburgh Panthers's Latest Performance :
And while the Panthers maintained control throughout the first half over the Louisville Cardinals on the road in their last outing while going up by five points at the half, the Cardinals regained their edge on both ends of the court as they allowed Pittsburgh to score just 18 points in the second half while posting 37 en route to the home victory. Both defenses took center stage in this contest as the offenses shot under 40% on the night while Louisville was able to connect on 8 3-pointers compared to 6 for Pittsburgh.
Nonetheless, Louisville was able to capitalize off 17 turnovers while also outrebounding Pittsburgh in this contest. Yet another key stat in the win for the Cardinals was the fact that they shot 87% from the free throw line on 16 attempts on the night compared to Pittsburgh making good on just seven of 13. Jordan Nwora along with Steven Enoch were the only two double-digit scorers for Louisville in the contest with 17 and 12 points, respectively, with Enoch pulling down 11 rebounds in the win.
The only double-digit score for the Panthers was Jared Wilson Frame, who was moved back into the starting lineup while leading the team with fourteen points along with six rebounds on a night where he went 5-13 from the floor. Leading scorer for Pittsburgh on this season in Xavier Johnson went 4-13 from the floor in finishing with 9 points along with four assists in addition to five costly turnovers.
In all, Pittsburgh offense has seemingly regressed with each outing that has passed recently as the 51 points scored in their last outing versus Louisville was their lowest scoring output in their last 10 outings. Nonetheless, they will look to be a bit more efficient from the floor as they matchup with the Clemson Tigers on Tuesday night. Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, they have dropped each of the last three road outings while Clemson, despite their troubles of the offensive end throughout the season, have won four of their last five games at Littlejohn Coliseum and will certainly be looking to pick up a much-needed conference victory in this matchup.
Clemson Tigers's Latest Performance :
While the defense for the Tigers have held opponents to less than 70 points in four of their last five games, their offense continues to stink it up on a nightly basis as their outing versus the NC State Wolfpack on the road was no different as the Tigers shot 29% from the field yet could not connect on seven attempts from long-range on the night. Furthermore, Clemson was not able to capitalize from 26 free throw attempts on the night as they made just 65% of these throughout the contest. Also, combine this with 15 turnovers along with their leading scorer on the year in Marquise Reed struggling from the field in going 5-17 while ending with 19 points, the Tigers concluded this contest losing their second straight outing and five of their last six, as stated.
Aside from Reed, who also pulled down eight rebounds, Elijah Thomas also scored in double-digits with 18 points while grabbing six rebounds in defeat. NC State got 16 points from Markell Johnson whoe went 2-3 from three-point range as he provided a huge lift off the bench. On the other hand, CJ Bryce also went 3-3 from long-range while ending with 15 points while pulling down seven rebounds for the Wolfpack.
And despite the Tigers shooting 49% on the night, their efficiency continues to stink as they were only able to put up 67 points on the night. As stated, this has been the trouble with the Tigers throughout the season as they have struggled on a nightly basis with offensive efficiency. Clemson may indeed have success in this contest versus the Pittsburgh Panthers, however, as they picked up a 25-point lead in their last meeting versus Pitt in February of 2018. Nonetheless, the Panthers are ranked 17th in the nation in opponent field-goal percentage per game with 39% and are coming off of an outing where they allowed just 66 points to a red-hot Louisville Cardinals team, albeit in a loss.
How Pittsburgh Panthers & Clemson Tigers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Clemson is 13 – 6 – 1 ATS while the OU is 8-12
Pittsburgh is 6 – 13 ATS while the OU is 9 – 10
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Look for both teams to get after it on the defensive end of the floor in this matchup in what will be a scrappy contest from start to finish as the Clemson Tigers will be looking to end a horrible streak of play by shoring up deficiencies on the offensive end. On the other hand, the Panthers will be looking to halt a disastrous 3 game losing streak to where their offense cannot seem to find the bottom of the basket at any cost.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Clemson Tigers
My reason for the pick :
Despite a home loss to the Virginia Cavaliers to where the Tigers posted just 43 points, they have been much better on the offensive and on their own court recently. With that being the case, I will back the home team in this contest as I have little to no confidence that the Panthers will be able to score enough points in which to keep this game competive. Of course, their defense will certainly bring it’s a game as they have done all season in which to neutralize Clemson’s offense that has struggled lately. However, in the end, the Tigers will end up hitting some big buckets down the stretch while having a solid night versus a Pittsburgh offense that simply looks horrible.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
With the defenses that will be taking the floor or Tuesday night for both teams, I will certainly back the under as the scoreboard will not light up at all at any point throughout this contest.The under has also been the play in three of the last four outings at home for the Clemson Tigers in addition to being the result in three of the last four games, overall, for the Pittsburgh Panthers. In all, one should not look for the total to surpass its set limit for this very exciting ACC matchup.
Betting trends for Pittsburgh Panthers:
- The Panthers are 1-3 against the spread in last 4 games
The under is 3-1 in Panthers last four games
Betting trends for Clemson Tigers:
- The Tigers are 2-4 against the spread in last 6 games
The under is 4 – 1 in Tigers last 5 games