Rutgers at Clemson: 3/19/21 NCAA Tournament College Basketball Picks and Predictions

Rutgers at Clemson: 3/19/21 NCAA Tournament College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Clemson Tigers (16-7) vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights (15-11)

Game Info: Friday, March 19, 2021 at 9:20 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)

Betting Odds: Clemson Tigers -1 -- Over/Under: 127.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Clemson Tigers face off on Friday in an NCAA Tournament college basketball showdown at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. 

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights come into this game with a 15-11 record overall and they have won two of their last three games. The one loss during that stretch came in their last game against the Illinois Fighting Illini, a game they gave up 90 points in. Rutgers on the season is averaging 70 points per game while their defense is giving up 68.2 points per game. At times this season has been inconsistent for Rutgers, and in this game, they are going to need to have their best game in this one, especially with the offense. The best player for Rutgers has been Ron Harper Jr who is averaging 15.4 points while shooting 45.6 percent from the field and 32.1 percent from behind the three point line.

On the other side of this matchup is the Clemson Tigers who sit with a 16-7 record overall but they have lost two of their last three games. This is a defense-first team, but at times the offense has been inconsistent and an issue. On the season, Clemson is averaging 65.3 points per game while their defense is giving up 62 points per game. Clemson is shooting 42.8 percent from the field and 34.6 percent from behind the three point line. Forward Aamir Simms has been the best player for Clemson averaging 13.3 points while shooting 54.3 percent from the field and 40.7 percent from behind the three point line.

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Clemson is 6-1 against the spread in their last seven neutral site games. Rutgers is 1-4 against the spread in their last five games played on a neutral siteThe under is 7-3 in Rutgers last 10 games as a favorite. The under is 4-1 in Clemson’s last five games following an against-the-spread loss. 

Both of these teams like to focus on defense and there is going to be trouble scoring by both teams in this game. Look for both teams to struggle to score in this game and the under to cash. 

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