Clemson Tigers vs. Florida State Seminoles NCAAB Preview
Where: Donald L. Tucker Civic Center – Tallahassee, FL
When: Sunday, February 5, 2017 – 12:30 PM ET
Line: Clemson Tigers at Florida State Seminoles – view all NCAA basketball lines
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Betting on the Clemson Tigers (13-8, 3-6 ACC)
Point Spread: ALL LINES HERE
The Tigers are currently doing an up-and-down stretch in the last month or so. After recording nine straight victories to end 2016, they suddenly lost six in a row to open 2017 before being able to return in the win column.
They are now winners of back-to-back, with the most recent being against Georgia Tech, 82-74, where they allowed the Yellow Jackets to only go 1-for-11 from downtown (season-best).
The Clemson offense (and probably defense) is about Jaron Blossomgame, which is of course fitting since he’s the only guy blossoming for the team. For the third straight year, the senior is pacing the Tigers in points (17.9 PPG), while also ranking in the top three among all of his teammates in rebounds, blocks, and field goal shooting.
Between the rest of Blossomgame’s supporting cast (players in the regular rotation), Avry Holmes is the only player to average double digit points, and Elijah Thomas is the only player to shoot better than 43 percent.
Clemson is 1-3 SU and ATS in their last four games on the road.
Betting on the Florida State Seminoles (19-4, 7-3 ACC)
Point Spread: ALL LINES HERE
It hasn’t been a good couple of weeks for the Seminoles, who are only 3-3 in their last six (1-5 ATS) after starting out 16-1.
Comparing the numbers in the six-game stretch to the 17 games prior, FSU is minus 13 in points and minus nine in shooting percentage, and have also slightly declined in rebounds, assists, steals, and free throw accuracy.
As they look to officially get out of their current funk, Dwayne Bacon (17.1 PPG) is obviously the man to watch out for. The sophomore is continuing to be one of the most explosive shooting guards in the nation, and we can expect head coach Leonard Hamilton to keep on relying him to provide much of the action in offense.
Against Clemson, Bacon should be able to get ample help from freshman Jonathan Isaac, who’s been consistent in being active from both ends of the floor. With averages of 13.1 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.3 steals, and 1.6 blocks (53.3-percent shooting), he’s making a strong case in being the most underrated newcomer out of the ACC.
Bacon and Isaac are powering the the Seminoles to put up 83.3 PPG (17th overall) and rank 23rd in Kenpom.com’s offensive efficiency rankings. Such level of production should have a favorable chance opposite Clemson’s 63rd-ranked defense.
FSU wins, 85-79.
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