NCAA Basketball Picks Virginia vs. Clemson

Jeff Grant

Friday, February 14, 2014 1:53 PM GMT

The Clemson Tigers have had recent success hosting the Virginia Cavaliers, as the two teams prepare for their only regular season meeting Saturday. Let’s take a closer look at the NCAA basketball odds for this Atlantic Coast Conference matchup at Littlejohn Coliseum, with the opening tip scheduled for 12:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

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Quite a run

Virginia is 8-0 SU and 6-2 ATS over its last eight games, as it hits the road after picking up a 61-53 victory over the Maryland Terrapins as 11-point home favorites Monday, while going UNDER the betting total for the fifth time in six contests.

The Cavaliers lead major NCAA basketball in surrendering just 55.1 points per game—allowing opponents to shoot just 38.3 percent from the floor.

A huge opportunity

Clemson needs to start racking up quality wins if it plans to land a spot in the 2014 NCAA Tournament, as it looks to bounce back from a pair of road losses, including a 68-64 overtime defeat to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Tuesday.

The Tigers have one starter averaging in double figures, with junior K.J. McDaniels scoring 17.0 points a contest.

McDaniels is second among ACC players in scoring and rebounding in league games.

Winning on the boards

College basketball handicappers need to take a long look at backing the Cavaliers in this spot, as they’ve out-rebounded 19 of 25 opponents during the 2013-14 campaign—ranking 14th nationally in rebound percentage.

Virginia also entered its last game having outscored opponents in the paint by a 696-502 margin.

The program is also capable of winning from the perimeter, with senior guard Joe Harris pacing all active ACC players in three-pointers made.

Taking care of business at home

The Tigers have compiled a dismal 7-17 SU all-time record against ranked Cavaliers’ squads, but they’ve won their last four home games in this series.

It’s also important to point out that the host has covered the number in seven of the last eight meetings in this rivalry.

Outlook

I’m going to recommend that readers take a look at backing the Tigers as one of their NCAA basketball picks, as they’ve gone 7-0 ATS in their last seven Saturday games.

Recommendation: Clemson Tigers

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