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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Tigers underdogs vs Wildcats at Clemson

Arizona WildcatsClemson Tigers
Dec 8, 8:00 PM | Littlejohn Coliseum

Arizona Wildcats vs Clemson Tigers Odds


Clemson looks to cover the Tigers-Wildcats pointspread on Saturday and improve its overall 5-2 mark when they host Arizona in college basketball wagering action.

Clemson will face the 6-0 Wildcats, who own a 4-1 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Tigers are 2-3 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Wildcats are 1-3 favoring the OVER.

View Arizona vs Clemson Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Wildcats were listed as 3-point favorites earlier in the day at Bovada.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Tigers sit at No. 153 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Wildcats sit at No. 62 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Wildcats will win this game 87-76.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Clemson's No. 241-ranked scoring average of 64.4 PPG, against a Wildcats defense rated No. 64 and allowing 59.7 PPG. The Tigers FG% has averaged 44.9% to date this season, less than the Wildcats shooters have managed so far (51.3% per game).

Defensively, Arizona features the nation's No. 25-rated defense on the road, allowing 57 points per game. Clemson, meanwhile, comes in at No. 261 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Arizona, they were a 63-55 winner as they battled Southern Miss at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 16-point favorite. Arizona earned a 63-55 victory over Southern Miss on Tuesday, getting 23 points from Nick Johnson at McKale Center.

Clemson was a 64-55 winner in their most recent outing on the road against South Carolina. They covered the 2.5-point spread as favorites. K.J. McDaniels scored 16 points leading the Tigers to a 64-55 victory over South Carolina at Colonial Life Arena on Sunday.

Arizona Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Florida are 3-0
After a win are 7-3

Clemson Tigers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 2-8
After playing South Carolina are 7-3
After a win are 5-5

A few Wildcats at Tigers trends to consider:
Arizona is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Arizona's last 6 games on the road
Clemson is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home
Clemson is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games

Next up:
Arizona home to Florida, Saturday, December 15
Clemson home to Florida A&M, Saturday, December 15