Clemson Tigers vs. Virginia Cavaliers Tournament Prediction
- Mar 10, 2023, 4:41:06 PM
The Clemson Tigers take on the Virginia Cavaliers in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals on Friday, March 10th at 9:30 PM EST at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina. This game will be broadcasted on ESPN2.
Both teams are coming off wins in their first-round games, with Clemson defeating NC State 80-54 and Virginia beating UNC 68-59. This will be the third meeting between these teams this season, with Virginia winning the first two matchups.
Clemson finished the regular season with a 23-9 overall record and a 14-6 conference record, good for fourth place in the ACC. The Tigers have been led by forward Hunter Tyson, who is averaging 15.5 points and 9.6 rebounds per game this season. Clemson is averaging 75.6 points per game while shooting 47.3% from the field and 36.8% from beyond the arc.
In their last five games, Clemson has gone 4-1 straight up and 2-3 against the spread. The Tigers have been dominant in their two wins over Boston College and NC State, winning by an average of 27.5 points per game. However, they struggled against Virginia in their most recent matchup, losing 64-57.
Virginia finished the regular season with a 24-6 overall record and a 15-5 conference record, good for second place in the ACC. The Cavaliers have been led by guard Armaan Franklin, who is averaging 12.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per game this season. Virginia is averaging 68.2 points per game while shooting 45.1% from the field and 34.2% from beyond the arc.
In their last five games, Virginia has gone 4-1 straight up and 2-3 against the spread. The Cavaliers have been solid on defense, holding opponents to an average of 60.4 points per game over their last five contests. However, they struggled in their loss to North Carolina, shooting just 34.9% from the field.
Clemson is 17-14-1 against the spread this season, including 1-1 in their two matchups against Virginia. The Tigers are also 4-1 against the spread in their last five games.
Virginia is 11-17-2 against the spread this season, including 1-1 in their two matchups against Clemson. The Cavaliers are also 3-2 against the spread in their last five games.
Public Betting Data:
According to the latest public betting data available, 60% of bets are on Clemson to cover the spread, while 40% of bets are on Virginia to cover the spread.
The odds for this game are as follows:
Clemson: +143 Virginia: -170 Spread: Virginia -3.5 Over/Under: 127.5
Clemson guard Nick Honor is listed as questionable for this game with an ankle injury. Virginia does not have any reported injuries for this matchup.
This should be a close matchup between two evenly matched teams. Virginia has the edge on defense, holding opponents to an average of 60.4 points per game while Clemson allows an average of 67.6 points per game. However, Clemson has the advantage on offense, averaging 75.6 points per game compared to Virginia's 68.2 points per game.
Both teams have had solid seasons and are capable of making a run in the ACC Tournament. Virginia has a slight edge in terms of recent form, winning three of their last five games, while Clemson has won their last two games.
In terms of injuries, both teams appear to be relatively healthy heading into this matchup.
Taking all of these factors into consideration, the KingPin.pro staff predicts that Virginia will come out on top in a close game, covering the spread of -3.5 points. Virginia's defense should help them hold Clemson to a lower score, while their offense will be able to generate enough points to secure the win.
Pick: Virginia (-3.5)
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