Take North Carolina State (#558)
Clemson is in a classic college hoops 'bet-against' spot this evening as they travel to Raleigh to take on the NC State Wolfpack. Clemson just got ranked in the Top 25 for the first time in eight years following their ultra-intense OT win over Louisville.
Tigers senior guard Gabe DeVoe makes my case for me ' when getting ranked is a clear distraction: 'Oh yeah, I was excited. I texted my mom, texted all my boys, just excited talking about seeing a number beside your name. It was a big deal to me.'
This is also a 'bet-against' spot because these two teams played less than two weeks ago, a comfortable Clemson victory at home. NC State was ice cold throughout, hitting less than 35% from the floor. More DeVoe: 'Teams are more juiced up playing on their home court, so I think we just need to do a good job on the defensive boards, just keep them off the offensive glass and just keep the ball out of the paint.' Easier said than done!
The Wolfpack have been a strong offensive team from Day 1 this season, coming off a confidence inspiring double digit home win over Duke; now 10-1 SU on this floor this season. Most importantly, they were able to do exactly what they couldn't do in the first game against Clemson ' pound the paint, and feed their bigs while getting double digit scoring efforts from all five starters. Still at home, in revenge mode against Brad Brownell's squad, look for the Wolfpack to hang tough for the full 40 minutes with a solid shot at the outright upset. Take NC State.
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