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ACC/Big Ten Challenge Betting Preview Day 1

The ACC/Big Ten Challenge gives us three glorious days of action. Here’s a look at Monday’s games

NCAA Basketball: ACC Conference Tournament-Clemson vs Boston College Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

After going 4-1 in the Thanksgiving edition, the ACC gives us more action as they’re set to take on the Big Ten in the annual ACC/Big Ten challenge. This week gives us three days of juicy betting action to hold us over through the December of Morgan States and in-state foes. So, without further ado, here’s a look at Monday’s action

Nebraska @ Clemson
KP: Clemson -4, O/U 138
Vegas: Clemson -4, O/U 139

This a sneaky good matchup of teams who would carry more cache (at least historically) on the football field. But Brad Brownell and Tim Miles have pretty solid teams on the basketball floor this season. Clemson is a four-point favorite returning home off a loss to Creighton. I think the Tigers get the W, but the points scare me. I’m looking at the under in this game as both teams rank in the top 19 in KenPom defensive efficiency. The key to the under will be both team’s lack of second chance opportunities. Clemson doesn’t crash the glass on the offensive end ranking 240th in offensive rebounding percentage, while the Tigers rank 5th in that category on the defensive end. Nebraska is 157th on the offensive glass and will gladly take the defensive rebounds Clemson looks to leave on the table.

Pick: Under 139

Minnesota @ Boston College
KP: Boston College -1, O/U 148
Vegas: Boston College -1, O/U 148

While I don’t want to look like an ACC homer, I do lean the Eagles at home. Minnesota is probably the better team, but give me the best player on the floor, Ky Bowman and only one point to cover. Amir Coffey and Jordan Murphy could give Boston College fits down low, but the advantage still goes to the experience of Bowman and Jordan Chatman on the perimeter.

Pick: Boston College -1

Season Total: ATS (3-0), O/U (1-1), Total (4-1)