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NCAA Basketball betting line favors Tigers over Paladins

Furman PaladinsClemson Tigers
4-5December 14, 2013, 07:00 | Littlejohn Coliseum7-2

Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Littlejohn Coliseum Saturday as host Clemson looks to handle the Furman Paladins in NCAA hoops action.

Supporters of the Paladins have watched them go 4-5 and 0-3 ATS on the year, while the Tigers are at 7-2 and 4-1 ATS. In totals betting, the Tigers are 2-3, while the Paladins have a 0-0 mark.

View Furman Paladins vs Clemson Tigers Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with Clemson in this one found them as -18.5-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 107-rated Tigers and the No. 349-ranked Paladins, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

In their last action, Furman was a 97-93 loser at home against Mars Hill. Furman got 20 points from Larry Wideman but lost anyway, 97-93, to Mars Hill on Tuesday at Timmons Arena.

In their last action, Clemson was a 74-68 loser on the road against Arkansas. They covered the 7-point spread as underdogs. K.J. McDaniels poured in 27 points and added 11 rebounds in a losing cause for Clemson on Saturday, as the Razorbacks rolled to a 74-68 victory over Clemson at Bud Walton Arena.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Clemson's No. 219-ranked scoring average of 68.33 PPG, against a Paladins defense rated No. 176 and allowing 72.67 PPG. The Tigers FG% has averaged 43.15% to date this season, less than the Paladins shooters have managed so far (43.51% per game).

A few Paladins at Tigers trends to consider:
Furman is 5-16 SU in its last 21 games
Furman is 3-19 SU in its last 22 games on the road
Furman is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Clemson
Furman is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Clemson
Clemson is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
Clemson is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
Clemson is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Furman
Clemson is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Furman

Next up:
Furman home to Liberty, Friday, December 20th
Clemson at Auburn, Thursday, December 19th