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Clemson basketball score prediction vs. Miami: Scouting report, trends, odds

Clemson basketball will try to stay on top of the ACC standings and in the national rankings Saturday afternoon against Miami at sold-out Littlejohn Coliseum.

The No. 19 Tigers (18-5, 10-2) are coming off a 62-54 loss Tuesday at Boston College. The No. 21 Hurricanes (17-5, 8-4) in their last game took a 92-83 win at home against Virginia Tech. Clemson heads into the weekend just a half-game in front of No. 4 Virginia. The Cavaliers (17-3, 9-2) play at noon Saturday at Virginia Tech.

Clemson returned a couple of key players from the injury list during the road swing to Florida State and Boston College. Point guard Chase Hunter missed two games with a foot injury and Alex Hemenway was back after being out 11 games, also with a foot injury. The Tigers could be without starting guard Brevin Galloway, who has missed two games with a groin injury.

Clemson with a victory can tie its program-best 11 victories in ACC play. The Tigers were 11-7 in 2017-18. They have never won more regular-season league games, going 11-6 in the Southern Conference in 1922-23.

Time, channels for Clemson basketball vs. Miami

  • What: No. 21 Miami (17-5, 8-4 ACC) at No. 19 Clemson (18-5, 10-2)

  • When: 3 p.m. Saturday

  • TV: ACC Network

  • Radio: Clemson Athletics Network (WCCP 105.5 FM The Roar)

  • Odds: Clemson by 1.5

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Clemson basketball vs. Miami key player trends

Clemson – Gr. F Hunter Tyson (16.3 points, 9.7 rebounds) continues to push for ACC player of the year. In the two games at Florida State and Boston College, he scored 49 total points and went 10-for-19 on 3-pointers. ... Jr. G Chase Hunter (14.5 points, 80 assists) scored 38 points in his two games since returning from a foot injury. His 3-point shooting has dropped off, however, to 5-for-29 (17.2 percent) in his last eight games. He was 0-for-5 at Boston College. ... Jr. C PJ Hall (14.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 21 blocks) is getting back into form after offseason surgeries but had an off night at Boston College, going 3-for-12 shooting with three turnovers. He did have nine rebounds.

Miami – Jr. G Isaiah Wong (16.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists) seems to be past his scoring slump with straight games of at least 14 points. He had January games in which he was 1-for-11 (missing 12 straight 3-pointers over the two-game stretch) and a combined 3-for-16 in back-to-back games. ... Sr. G Jordan Miller (15.0 points, 5.6 rebounds) hasn't been held to single-digit scoring since mid-November but hasn't reached 20 points in the past 11 games. ... So. F Norchad Omier (13.9 points, 10.3 rebounds) is coming off a big game against Virginia Tech with 21 points and eight rebounds. That was his lowest rebound total in eight games. For five straight, he averaged 13.4.

Clemson basketball vs. Miami NET, RPI, ACC rankings

NET – Miami 40, Clemson 63. RPI – Miami 22, Clemson 55. KenPom – Miami 36, Clemson 68. ACC scoring offense – Miami 3 (78.3), Clemson 8 (73.8). Shooting offense – Miami 1 (48.3), Clemson 5 (46.1). Shooting defense – Clemson 1 (39.5), Miami 7 (43.3). 3-point shooting offense – Clemson 5 (36.2), Miami 6 (35.9). Rebounding margin – Clemson 5 (plus 1.91), Miami 6 (plus 1.59). Assist-to-turnover –Miami 5 (1.30), Clemson 10 (.09).

Clemson basketball vs. Miami score prediction

Clemson 69, Miami 68 – This is a big game for Clemson to show it's not ready to concede first place to Virginia or anybody else. The Tigers will be fired-up to be back at home in front of the third sellout in the past four games at Littlejohn. Miami didn't win back-to-back games in January and has lost four of its past five on the road.

Todd Shanesy covers Clemson athletics for the USA TODAY Network.

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