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Faves Owning Clemson, NC State Rivalry

Major conference tournaments kick off Tuesday and the first game is the ACC opener between NC State and Clemson. The general rule of thumb when the Wolfpack and Tigers clash is you take the favorite straight up, with the faves claiming victory in seven of the past eight meetings between the two programs.

SHARK BITES
  • The winner of this game will play Duke in the second round Wednesday.
  • The total has gone OVER in 12 of Clemson's last 17 games.
  • NC State is 3-0 ATS in its last 3 games against Clemson.

NC State’s season has been a tale of two halves, as the team went 11-2 in its non-conference schedule before faltering to an abysmal 4-14 record in ACC play. It’s largely due to the Wolfpack’s defensive issues with Mark Gottfried’s squad allowing opponents to shoot 45.1 percent from the floor and 37 percent from deep. Of course, you can’t talk about NC State without talking about Dennis Smith Jr., who will undoubtedly be one of the top 10 picks in the upcoming NBA draft. Smith’s play, paired with his freaky athleticism, has him among the ACC leaders in points, assists and steals per game.

Much like NC State, Clemson played well in non-conference action only to get steamrolled against ACC opposition. The Tigers do enter the first round coming off back-to-back wins, one of which was against NC State, while averaging 80 points and shooting over 50 percent from the field. Jaron Blossomgame has been playing some of his best basketball of late, with the senior averaging 17.2 points and 8.5 rebounds in the past six.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Bettors looking to go with the Clemson Tigers in this one found them listed as -5.5-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting odds menu at Bovada. Check for line moves and odds updates as money coming in on the Wolfpack was expected to move the line.

North Carolina State Wolfpack vs Clemson Tigers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The North Carolina State Wolfpack will try to spoil to the party and cover the point spread on Tuesday; they are 11-18 ATS against the betting line this season, while the Clemson Tigers are 13-14-1 ATS. North Carolina State Wolfpack are 16-13 on betting the total; Clemson Tigers are 17-11.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Clemson Tigers rated this week at No. 177 and the North Carolina State Wolfpack sitting at No. 319.

Statistical Matchup

In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Clemson's No. 216-rated squad against North Carolina State's No. 123-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Clemson rates No. 140 in the country with 7.37 per game, while their foes tonight, the North Carolina State Wolfpack rank No. 161 nationally with 7.13 per match.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Abdul-Malik Abu scored 18 points in a futile effort to lead the Wolfpack to a win (they lost 78-74 to Clemson at Littlejohn Coliseum on Wednesday).

The Tigers got 17 points from Avry Holmes as Clemson ran past Boston College 82-68 on Saturday at Littlejohn Coliseum.

Betting Trends
  • North Carolina State is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games
  • North Carolina State is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of North Carolina State's last 6 games
  • Clemson is 5-12 SU in its last 17 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 12 of Clemson's last 17 games

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