Can an NCAA basketball team get revenge for its football team losing to an opponent? Hey, many top college athletes are friends so perhaps members of the No. 18 Miami basketball team will be extra motivated to beat No. 19 Clemson on Saturday because the Tigers destroyed the Hurricanes in the ACC football championship game last month. So who will be the NCAAB betting favorite? Check out the College Basketball odds on game day before placing your bets.
Miami at Clemson NCAAB Betting Pick & Preview – January 13th
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When: Saturday, 3 PM ET
Where: Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson, South Carolina
Radio: 560 WQAM (Miami) / WCCP 105.5 FM (Clemson)
Opening NCAAB Betting Lines: TBA
This will be the only meeting of the season between these two barring a matchup in the ACC or NCAA Tournament. Last year, they also played just once, a 71-65 Miami home win. Kamari Murphy had 15 points to lead UM. Bruce Brown’s 3-pointer with 1:34 remaining gave the Hurricanes a 67-61 lead. Davon Reed converted four free throws in the final 40 seconds to secure the win for Miami. Reed finished with 14 points. UM was without starting point guard Ja’Quan Newton, who was serving a suspension. Newton is still around. Murphy is not. Jaron Blossomgame scored a game-high 16 points and Marcquise Reed finished with 15 points for the Tigers. Blossomgame is gone.
Latest NCAAB Betting Trends
- Miami is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
- Miami is 13-2 SU in its last 15 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Miami’s last 7 games
- Clemson is 6-2-1 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Miami
- Clemson is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games
- The total has gone OVER in 8 of Clemson’s last 12 games when playing Miami
Why Bet on Miami?
The No. 18 Hurricanes (13-2, 2-1) followed a bad loss at Georgia Tech with an 80-74 home win over No. 24 Florida State on Sunday. The Hurricanes used a balanced offense attack that saw three UM players finish in double figures.
Sophomore Bruce Brown Jr. led the Hurricanes attack with a season-high 23 points, connecting on 5-of-8 shooting from the field. Fellow sophomore Dewan Huell also chipped in with 20 points, which marked the third time this season he has scored 20-or-more points. Freshman Chris Lykes rounded out the Hurricane scoring leaders, as he poured in a career-high 18 points.
Miami’s defense held the Seminoles to 11 points under their season scoring average and limited FSU to just 36.2 percent shooting (25-of-69) shooting. Florida State entered the game averaging 85.4 points per game. The Hurricanes are now 13-0 when leading with two minutes to go in the game. Miami only trailed for 2:17 for the entire game.
Miami improved to 6-0 in home games against ranked opponents in the Jim Larranaga era. During his tenure, the Hurricanes are also 40-1 when scoring at least 80 points.
Lykes was named ACC Rookie of the Week on Monday. He averaged 13.0 points and 3.5 assists in the two games. Lykes is averaging 7.5 points and 1.5 assists while coming off the bench in all 15 Miami games this season. He is shooting 39.7 percent (23-for-58) from 3-point range. He is averaging 12.0 points per game in ACC play – third on the team.
Why Bet on Clemson?
The Tigers are off to their best start since 2008-09. In program history, the Tigers have stared a season 14-1 or better on just five occasions, including this season. Of those previous four occasions, Clemson has made the postseason all four times. Those postseasons include: three NCAA tournaments and one NIT.
The Tigers also recently improved to 3-0 in ACC play for just the fifth time in program history (1979-80; 1986-87; 1996-97; 2006-07; 2017-18). Clemson made the postseason the previous four times (three NCAA’s, one NIT).
On Monday, they jumped eight spots to No. 17 in the USA Today/Coaches Poll and moving up six spots to No. 19 in the Associated Press rankings. The Tigers achieved their highest standing in the Coaches Poll since Feb. 23, 2009. Right now in the AP poll, Clemson is the fourth highest-ranked team in the ACC. They only trail No. 3 Virginia, No. 7 Duke, and No. 18 Miami. The last time Clemson was ranked in the AP prior to this season was Jan. 18, 2010 when the Tigers were ranked 17th.
Clemson still has a tough slate of games remaining, including this one Miami, two games against North Carolina, a trip to Virginia, two match ups against Florida State, and a game against Duke at home. The Tigers were picked to finished 13th out of 15 schools in the conference. There were a few raised eyebrows when Brad Brownell had his contract extended in April. Nobody is second-guessing that now.
The Tigers have a consistent starting lineup with five players averaging in double figures, led by Marcquise Reed (15.9 points per game), a one-time Robert Morris transfer. Reed is one of just 15 players in the country to average at least 15.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals. Reed has scored 20+ points on four occasions this season, including a career-high 25 points against South Carolina (Dec. 19) and most recently 24 points in an overtime win over Louisville. In four games that have ended in wins of five points or less, Reed has scored 22 points in the last five minutes combined in those contests, including eight in the win over Florida.
Clemson is also 10th in the nation in defensive efficiency.
Expert Prediction & NCAAB Betting Pick
Miami is nearly unbeatable at home with both of its losses away from Coral Gables. Clemson wins by five.