South Carolina Vs Clemson NCAA Basketball Betting Preview

South Carolina Vs Clemson NCAA Basketball Betting Preview

Written by on December 18, 2015

In College betting Odds, now with the end of the year now in sight, teams are starting to prepare for conference play, and are hoping to arrive there with a head of steam. The South Carolina Gamecocks are rolling right now, and will be looking to keep it going on Friday, December 18 when they face the Clemson Tigers at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, SC. Tip-off is set for 7 PM EST on ESPN3.

A Close Look At The Gamecocks Vs Tigers NCAA Basketball Betting Preview

The unbeaten Gamecocks are looking to extend their win streak to 8 to start the season, and will do so at straight up. Clemson know that they have a fight on their hands, and will be doing all they can to cover the spread. These are two teams that can score, but which also defend well, making the OVER/UNDER an interesting one indeed.

Why bet on the South Carolina Gamecocks

The Gamecocks are a perfect 7-0 to start the season, but this is the first game that they will be playing in hostile territory, as all 7 of their games so far have been at home or in a neutral venue. It’s an in-state trip, though, so they are sure to have some support in the building. Digging deep into the trends of the Gamecocks unearths a little gem, which is that they are 7-0 ATS in the last 7 games they have played after a home stand of 3 or more games. They are also 6-1 ATS in the last 7 games after a straight up win. South Carolina is averaging an impressive 83.2 PPG this season, and are giving up just 66.8 PPG. 

Why bet on the Clemson Tigers

Clemson (7-3) have played the majority of their games at home this season, and have posted an impressive 6-1 SU record. Their lone loss at home came at the hands of another SEC foe in the form of the Alabama Crimson Tide. There isn’t much to like against the spread when looking at Clemson, as they are just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a SU win. They are 1-7 ATS in their last games against teams with a winning straight up record, and are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games versus opponents with a winning percentage of .600 or better. The UNDER seems to be where the value lies with the Tigers, as it has hit in the last 4 games that Clemson has played a team with a winning record. The Tigers are averaging 71.3 PPG and giving up 56.9 PPG.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

These two teams met around the same time last year, and it was the Gamecocks with a 68-45 win in that one. I like South Carolina to win again, although I think this one will be a little closer.