North Carolina State vs Clemson 3/8/22 - College Basketball Picks & Predictions
The Barclay Center in Brooklyn, NY will host a round one ACC matchup Tuesday afternoon as the North Carolina State Wolfpack take on the Clemson Tigers. North Carolina State finished the season as one of the worst teams in the conference riding a four game losing streak after closing the year with a 13 point loss to Florida State. Defensively North Carolina State was obliterated by Florida State as the Seminoles made 51.6% of their shots and scored 89 total points in 40 minutes.
Offensively North Carolina State didn't help the defense making only 39% of their shots and turned the ball over eight times leading to the loss. Terquavion Smith led all scorers for North Carolina State with 30 points and 11 of 23 shooting in 40 minutes on the floor. Jericole Hellems provided a second best 21 points and Dereon Seaborn added 17 points as well for North Carolina State.
The Clemson Tigers come into the conference tournament after an up and down season that ended on a four game win streak. Clemson beat Virginia Tech 63-59 after holding the Hokies to 37.3% shooting in the final game of the season. David Collins led the way for the Clemson starters posting a team high 10 points in 30 minutes on the floor.
Offensively this season Clemson has four players averaging double figures as PJ Hall leads the team averaging 15.4 points per game on 49.1% shooting. Al-Amir Dawes is second on the team averaging 11.4 points per game and David Collins chips in a third best 10.3 points to go along with a team high 6.9 rebounds.
Both teams finished in the lower half of the ACC as North Carolina State was the worst team in the conference all season. Look for Clemson to use their defense allowing seven points less per game to stifle North Carolina State in the opening round of the ACC tournament. Take Clemson to do enough in New York Tuesday afternoon to win and advance in the conference tournament. Final Score Prediction, Clemson wins and covers 75-66.