NC State Wolfpack vs. Clemson Tigers Pick – NCAAM January 5, 2021

We have a full slate of college basketball action on Tuesday across the country. The first game of the day tips off at 2:00 p.m. EST in Ohio at Kent State University. Boston U and Holy Cross are also scheduled for then, but there are no odds posted in that one, so it’s as good as not happening to me.

As of early Tuesday morning, there are ten games that have been postponed due to Covid-19. Villanova is the one ranked team that will not be playing tonight. However, seven others are expected to be on the court today. Two ranked teams will be in East Lansing, as the No. 15 Rutgers Scarlet Knights and No. 23 Michigan State Spartans are expected to clash at the Breslin Center.

The highest ranked team playing is the Kansas Jayhawks on the road against the TCU Horned Frogs. Upset brewing in Fort Worth? Maybe, but Kansas will likely be better prepared compared to their last outing, which they didn’t care to show up in against the Longhorns. We will get to Kansas and TCU, so look out for the writeup on the college basketball page.

If you’re looking for a pick in the NC State and Clemson game, then you’ve come to the right place. The Wolfpack head into Clemson with a record of 6-1. They’ve been playing fine basketball, but haven’t been tested so far. If NC State wins on the road at Clemson, the No. 18 team in the country, the Wolfpack will move to 7-1 and perhaps a spot in the Top 25.

NC State is coming off a 79-76 win over the Boston College Eagles. They did the same against North Carolina on December 22, a 79-76 win against the Tar Heels. In most seasons, that probably would have been a hallmark win for NC State. This isn’t a standout season for the Tar Heels, though. Neither BC or NC are ranked teams.

Clemson is fresh off a 66-65 win over the Miami Hurricanes on Saturday in Florida. This was after a 77-67 win over ranked Florida State on December 29. Their only loss on the season was against a ranked Virginia Tech on the road. They have been untouched at home so far, and can stay that way tonight versus the Wolfpack. Head below for our free NC State vs. Clemson pick on January 5, 2021.

NC State Wolfpack vs. Clemson Tigers NCAA Betting Odds:


  • NC State +5 (-115)
  • Clemson -5 (-105)

  • NC State OFF
  • Clemson OFF

  • Over 135.5 (-115)
  • Under 135.5 (-105)


NC State vs. Clemson Prediction:

NC State has played one ranked team this season and didn’t go according to plan in Saint Louis. The Billikens blew the Wolfpack out in the second half by a score of 51-34 to take a 80-69 win. The Wolfpack ran out of gas and Saint Louis smelled blood and took advantage. Saint Louis lost their first game of the season against a very good Minnesota Golden Gophers team, 90-82, following that outing. It’s not like NC State lost to a bad team in that game. Saint Louis pushed a quality Minnesota team to the edge at home.

In any case, they are going to have to figure out a very good Tigers team on the road tonight. Clemson may not have a top offense, but their defense can neutralize shooters nicely. Clemson is fourth in the NCAA with an average of just 56.2 points conceded per game. Opponents are shooting only 38.7% from the field against Clemson.

On the road, the Tigers have been a lockdown defense especially, with 51.8 points allowed per contest. NC State’s offensive numbers drop from 81 points per game overall to 69 points scored on the road. Their three-point shooting stands out in particular. From a conversion rate of over 40% at home to just 22.2% on the road. Having to deal with an aggressive defense like Clemson doesn’t help.

In Clemson’s most recent outing at home, they cleared a solid Florida State without too many problems by a score of 77-67. The Clemson offense came through in the second half for 48 points in an impressive showing from the field. The Wolfpack have struggled mightily on the road, with 80 points allowed per game. I certainly understand this spread of 5, but think it’s a couple of points too short with NC State on the road. Value appears to be with the home team on Tuesday.


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