Pittsburgh vs. Clemson - 2/12/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh vs. Clemson - 2/12/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Clemson Tigers (11-12) at Pittsburgh Panthers (15-9)

College Basketball: Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 9:00 pm (Petersen Events Center)

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The Clemson Tigers and the Pitt Panthers meet in ACC college basketball action from the Petersen Events Center on Wednesday night.

The Clemson Tigers will try to join the fray in the ACC standings, currently sitting at 5-8 in conference play after a three-game losing streak thanks to a 61-57 loss to Notre Dame last time out. Tevin Mark and Alex Hemenway each had a team-high 16 points as the lone pair of double-digit scorers for Clemson in the loss, with Hemenway shooting 5 of 8 with 4 threes while Mack had 6 rebounds and 3 steals. Trey Jemison added a team-high 7 boards while Clyde Trapp led the Tigers with 4 assists. Aamir Simms missed the game due to illness, but he still leads Clemson in scoring and rebounding with 13.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game while the aforementioned Mack is averaging 12.2 points as the only other double-digit scorer for Clemson this year. Trapp leads the Tigers with 2.7 assists per game this year. As a team, Clemson is averaging 65.8 points per game on 41.7% shooting from the field, 30.9% from 3-point range and 66.9% from the foul line while allowing their opposition to average 64.1 points on 41% shooting from the field and 32.2% from 3-point range this season.

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The Pitt Panthers will try to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 4 games after a 73-64 win over Georgia Tech last time out. Justin Champagnie had 30 points with a team-high 9 rebounds while Trey McGowens had 14 points and a team-high 9 assists and Xavier Johnson rounded out the trio of double-digit scorers in the win with 11 points and 7 assists. McGowens leads the group of four double-digit scorers for Pitt this season with 12.9 points per game while Champagnie has 12.6 points and a team-high 7.3 rebounds per game. Xavier Johnson has 12 points and 5.3 assists per game while Ryan Murphy is averaging 10.1 points per game this year. As a team, Pitt is averaging 66.8 points per game on 41.4% shooting from the field, 30.3% from behind the arc and 72.6% from the foul line while allowing their opposition to average 63.4 points on 41.6% shooting from the field and 32.6% from 3-point range this season.

Clemson is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 8-3 in their last 11 road games. Pitt is 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games following a win and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games against a team with a losing road record while the under is 36-16-1 in their last 53 home games. The favorite is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

I’d like to say the points are tempting, but the Tigers are struggling right now, losing 3 straight and Clemson’s also not a team I’m looking to back on the road as the Tigers are logging just 56.6 points per game on the road this season. Pitt hasn’t been a world beater this season and the Panthers have had consistency issues as of late, but the Panthers are playing the better ball lately, so I’ll lay the points with the Panthers at home in this one.

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