NCAA Basketball Betting Preview: Clemson Tigers vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers – Monday, Dec. 2, 2019

by Ayden Fahlstrom | December 2, 2019 |

Clemson (5-2, 0-0 away) will take on Minnesota (3-4, 3-1 home) in the Big Ten/ACC challenge. This will be Clemson's first true road game of the year, after facing TCU and Colorado in Las Vegas. This will be the Golden Gophers fourth straight home game.

The Tigers are coming off a solid performance in Vegas beating TCU in overtime and hanging with Colorado until the end. They lost to a solid Colorado team 71-67 in their last game.

Aamir Sims put up 23 points, 7 rebound and 4 assists to keep Clemson in the game. Tevin Mack and John Newman III scored in double figures with 11 and 16 points respectively. They were out rebounded 32-24, but limited Colorado to under 40% shooting for the game.

Minnesota is coming off a 73-68 home loss to Depaul. Daniel Oturu lead the Gophers with 19 points playing all but one minute of the game. he also pulled down 18 rebounds. Minnesota had three other players in double figures. Alihan Demir, Gabe Kalscheur and Payton Willis all were in double figures.

Clemson Looking For Another Good Early Season Win

Most people didn't have Clemson as a tournament team this year. They do not have any bad losses and if they can get this game, they will have a nice road win to go with their neutral floor win over TCU.

Mack leads the team with 15.4 points per game. Simms leads the team in rebounding at 8.9 per game and Al Amir Dawes leads the team with 3.4 assists per game, but also averages 3 turnovers.

The Tigers hang their hat on defense where they are ranked 42nd in Kenpom. Their offense ranks 119th in efficiency and they are 70th overall in Kenpom.

Minnesota Needs a Quality Win

The best team the Golden Gophers have beat is Central Michigan, who is ranked 156th according to Kenpom. They desperately need a top 100 win before starting conference play against Iowa and Ohio State.

Oturu leads the team team in points, 17, and rebound 11.9 per game. Marcus Carr leads the team in assists at 6.3 per game.

Minnesota has three really good players in Oturu, Carr and Willis but they lack much depth. No one outside of their starters averages over 15 minutes per game.

Minnesota is ranked 77th overall in Kenpom. Their offense in 90th in efficiency and the defense is 69th. If Minnesota hopes to make a run at the tournament they will need to improve their free throw shooting, which at 61% comes in 321st in the nation.

The Line

Mybookie has Minnesota at -3. The total is set at 131 points.

Free Betting Pick

Minnesota has the best player in the game in Oturu and probably the second best player in the game in Carr. The problem is after that they don't have much.

Clemson is the much deeper team and that should make a difference late in the game. Minnesota should have an advantage on the glass, but if Clemson can quicken the pace in this one I like the Tigers to cover.

Clemson 65, Minnesota 67

Spooky Express Free Pick: Clemson +3

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