Saturday, January 17, 2009

Wake Forest vs Clemson Prediction

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Wake Forest at Clemson

Saturday 3PM
TV: ABC

The last time these two met with national implications on the line, Tim Duncan was playing center for the Demon Deacons and Rick Barnes was coaching the Tigers. Wake is ranked #2 in the polls with Clemson coming in at #10, but their RPI ratings suggest otherwise (Clemson 4, Wake 14). Both teams put their undefeated records on the line in Littlejohn Coliseum Saturday.


Wake Forest is shooting exceptionally well from the floor so far this season averaging 51 percent, but Clemson is not far behind at 49 percent. Both teams are following that up with great defense holding opponents to under 40 percent shooting. Clemson holds a decided advantage in turnovers forcing 4.5 more game than they are giving up. Wake has had trouble with turnovers of their own at 16 per game, but their defense does force 18 each contest. The downfall of Clemson in past years has been FT shooting where the Tigers have improved a little this year to 67 percent.


Each team has good inside/outside combos. Wake is led by G Jeff Teague (21 ppg) and F James Johnson in the post while Clemson trots out guards KC Rivers and Terrance Ogelsby to compliment F Trevor Booker in the paint.

Prediction

This one could be one of the early season classics. Wake stats look better, but they have also played an easier schedule (#125 rank). When in doubt in the ACC, go with the home team who in this case has had a whole week to prepare.

Clemson wins by 1-10 points

Season: 3-2 SU


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