There have been some pretty high-profile football games between Clemson and Alabama in recent years. However, the focus turns to the basketball court when the teams meet up on Tuesday with the college basketball betting lines favoring the Crimson Tide.
This will be the fourth time in the last nine seasons that the Crimson Tide and Tigers will be squaring off.
The college basketball odds have Alabama listed as the nine-point favorite.
Guard Jake Heidbreder won’t play this season for Clemson while forward Mouhamed Dioubate has missed the last two games for Alabama.
Clemson joins Miami as the only undefeated team in the ACC while Alabama is off to a 5-1 start.
The Tigers held the Crimson Tide to 30% shooting in a 64-58 win in the final game of the 2020 Holiday Hoopsgiving event at State Farm Arena in Atlanta. Alabama came into the game as the 1½-point favorite.
The contest fell well under the 146-point total and was the fifth straight game between the teams to finish under the total.
Coming into the season, Clemson (+1200) had the fifth-best odds of winning the ACC title while Alabama (+850) is fifth in the SEC championship odds.
Alabama fell six spots to No. 23 in the Associated Press poll and went from 15th to 20th in the coaches poll. Clemson is receiving votes in both polls but is not in the Top 25 in either of the national rankings.
Having a Hall of a Time
After leading Clemson in scoring in each of the last two seasons, PJ Hall has stepped it up a notch this season.
He is coming off a season-high 29 points on 11-of-18 shooting in a win over Alcorn State.
Career-high alert! 🚨
PJ Hall went beast mode vs Alcorn State!
— ACC Digital Network (@theACCDN) November 25, 2023
Hall put up 15.5 and 15.3 points in the last two seasons and that number has jumped to 21.4 points this season.
The Tigers haven’t exactly put together the toughest schedule in the early portion of the season with five wins against mid-major teams, so it will be worth watching to see how Hall and the Tigers fare against their first opponent from one of the major conferences.
Clemson has covered against the college basketball point spreads in just two of its last seven games.
Sears Delivering for Alabama
Mark Sears had some inconsistency in the shooting department in his first season at Alabama after transferring from Ohio.
Sears shot 40.6% from the field and 34.5% from 3-point range while averaging 12.5 points. He is now shooting 61% and 54.5% on 3-pointers in the first six games.
Sears averaged 22.7 points on 59% shooting in three games at the Emerald Coast Classic. He was 5 of 12 from 3-point range and 19 of 22 from the foul line.
Hofstra transfer Aaron Estrada and North Dakota State transfer Grant Nelson are the other double-digit scorers for Alabama.
Alabama is 8-4 against the college basketball odds in its last 12 games and has covered in six of the last nine games against ACC opponents.
Alabama Will Win But May Struggle to Cover
It would be in the best interest for Clemson to turn the game into a half-court affair with the Crimson Tide. Alabama is putting up 97.8 points per game compared to 79.6 points for Clemson.
The numbers are more impressive for Alabama considering the Crimson Tide is coming off games against Ohio State and Oregon.
Clemson posted a 13-8 record in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, with the 13 wins trailing only Duke’s 20 and the 14 by Wake Forest and Virginia. Alabama went 4-2 in the SEC/Big Ten Challenge. Both of those events ended after last season with this being the first year of the ACC/SEC challenge.
The total has gone over in 11 of Clemson’s last 16 games with the total set at 159½ for this matchup. The total has gone under in Clemson’s last five games against SEC teams.
The total has gone over in each of Alabama’s six gamers this season. Keep in mind that Clemson ranks in the top 20 nationally in assists, turnovers and 3-point shooting.
Alabama has the No. 1 scoring offense in the country and ranks third in assists and 3-point percentage.
This is the first true road game for Clemson and also the first time the Tigers have been listed as the underdogs this season. Alabama has covered in each of the first home games and is 4-2 against the spread as the favorite.
College Basketball Pick: Clemson Tigers +9
Clemson vs Alabama Betting Lines
Clemson vs Alabama Game Information
- Game: Clemson (5-0) vs Alabama (5-1)
- Location: Coleman Coliseum, Tuscaloosa, AL
- Date/Time: Tuesday, Nov. 28, 9:30 p.m. ET
- Clemson vs Alabama Live Stream: TBS.com
Questions Of The Day
Which NCAAB player will have the biggest impact on the Clemson vs Alabama matchup?
Keep an eye on Mark Sears considering that he leads the favored Alabama Crimson Tide in both scoring and assists.
Which team is the most likely to score more 3-pointers?
Both teams average 10 made 3-pointers per game, but give the edge to Alabama playing at home.
The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.