Tigers Unbeaten in ACC Play
The Clemson Tigers look for a third ACC victory in as many games when they host the NC State Wolfpack in a conference battle on Friday. Clemson has won two straight, six of seven, and is tied with Pittsburgh for second place in the conference standings, a half-game behind first-place Miami. NC State has won three in a row, including a victory over Louisville in its last contest, but sits in 12th place in the ACC, a half-game behind a group of seven teams. Both teams want to stay near the top of the league standings with a win, so check out our in-depth preview of this game to help with your betting online.
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NC State Fights Back After First ACC Win
The NC State Wolfpack lost their first two ACC games this season and were having trouble at home with Louisville, leading by just three points at halftime on Dec. 22. But after halftime, the Wolfpack outscored the Cardinals by nine to win easily and notch their first conference victory.
“Coach (Kevin Keatts) came in at halftime and let us have it,” NC State forward D.J. Burns Jr. said after the win over Louisville. “When we come in lacking energy or not doing the things we’re supposed to, he’s going to call it out. He’s going to look you in the eyes and say, ‘Play better for me.’ That man always lays it out for us and we wanted to give it back for him.”
Burns finished with a team-high 17 points as the Wolfpack had all five starters score in double figures. Burns is averaging 9.4 points and 4.6 rebounds this season but has scored 16 or more points in three of the last four contests.
Sophomore guard Terquavion Smith leads the Wolfpack with 17.9 points and 5.4 assists per contest. Smith is also playing well on the defensive end of the floor, recording 1.9 steals per game.
Clemson Keeps Rolling Behind Hall
The Clemson Tigers have gotten off to a great start to the 2022-23 campaign, winning their first two ACC contests and coming into Friday having won six of their last seven games. The Tigers went into the Christmas break on a high note thanks to the play of center PJ Hall, who had 25 points and 10 rebounds in a win over Georgia Tech on Dec. 21.
The junior center is averaging 13.2 points and 4.5 rebounds this season, shooting 56.5% from the floor. Hall has over 20 points in four of his last six outings.
Junior guard Chase Hunter leads the Clemson offense with 14.8 points and 4.8 assists per contest. Hunter is hitting 46.4% on his 3-point attempts this season, though he went 0-for-3 from beyond the arc in the win over Georgia Tech.
Senior forward Hunter Tyson is also a dangerous player for the Tigers, averaging 14.5 points and a team-best 9.3 rebounds. Tyson also had a double-double against Georgia Tech, finishing with 14 points and 13 rebounds.
NC State vs Clemson Game Injuries
NC State vs Clemson Head-to-Head
The Clemson Tigers come into Friday’s game with a three-game winning streak over the NC State Wolfpack, including a pair of wins last season. Clemson won on the road against the Wolfpack in January, then won the teams’ conference tournament matchup in March.
The Tigers have an all-time record of 32-24 against NC State at home. A look at the college basketball lines for Friday’s contest shows Clemson is a slight favorite to get the win at home.
NC State vs Clemson Game Information
- Game: NC State (11-3, 1-2 ACC) vs Clemson (10-3, 2-0 ACC)
- Location: Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson, SC
- Day/Time: Friday, Dec. 30th, 4:00 p.m. ET
- NC State vs Clemson Live Stream: TBS.com
NC State vs Clemson Betting Lines
NC State vs Clemson Picks & Prediction
The NC State Wolfpack have been playing a bit better of late, but the Clemson Tigers have too much up front in this one. This should be a good game, but we like Clemson to pull away late to get the victory.
When making your college basketball picks, take Clemson to win and cover at home.
NC State is listed at +110 in our Vegas NCAAB lines. This means that if you wager $100 on NC State, you have a chance to win $110. Clemson is -130, offering a chance to win $77 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives NC State a 47.62% chance to win, with Clemson at 56.52%.