NCAA Basketball Picks Bet Clemson +11 vs. Pittsburgh

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 3:39 PM GMT

The Clemson Tigers have one of the best defenses in the country, as they prepare to knock off the Pittsburgh Panthers Tuesday night. Let’s take a closer look at the college basketball lines for this Atlantic Coast Conference match-up.

Playing solid basketball

Clemson is 3-0 SUATS over its last three games, as it hits the road after picking up a 61-53 victory over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons as 7.5-point home favorites in NCAA basketball odds last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total for the fourth time in five contests.

The Tigers are off to a 2-0 start in ACC play for the first time since 2006-07 and the fifth time in school history.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 9-19 SU and 15-11 ATS on the road, with the UNDER going 11-10 in that situation.

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Quite a margin

Pittsburgh has won its 16 games by an average of 17.2 points a contest, as it looks to bounce back from a 59-54 defeat to the Syracuse Orange as five-point road underdogs last Saturday.

Fifteen of the team’s 16 wins have come by nine or more points, while it possesses a 13-game home winning streak, with 11 of those victories coming during the 2013-14 campaign.

College basketball handicappers will find that the team is 8-13 SU and 11-10 ATS off a loss against a conference foe.

Clamping down

The Tigers are capable of picking up a victory in this spot due to their defense allowing opponents to shoot just 28 percent from the floor in the final five minutes of games.

Clemson ranks third nationally in scoring defense, which is important to consider when making your NCAA basketball picks, considering Pittsburgh’s two losses have come when shooting lower than 50 percent from the field.

Dixon

Panthers head coach Jamie Dixon has compiled a 31-11 SU overall record against current ACC members, including a perfect 15-0 mark versus teams that were previous members.

Pittsburgh is also a dominating 191-22 SU at this venue, including wins in 40 of its last 50 conference games.

Prediction

For our NCAA basketball picks I’m going to recommend that readers back the Tigers, as the Panthers are 2-6-1 ATS in their last nine games versus teams with a winning record.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Clemson Tigers +11

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