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Maryland vs. Clemson 12/9/2020 College Basketball Picks, Prediction, and Preview

Maryland takes on Clemson on 12/9/2020 at 5:00PM.

Maryland and Clemson face off in an regular season game for both teams as every game in this shortened College Basketball season with limited or no fans in attendance means more. Maryland has a record of 4-0 this season. Clemson is 3-0 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

The Maryland Roster

The Players to Watch for Maryland

Eric Ayala 6-5 195 Guard

Eric Ayala has a 30.2 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. He is among the best in the conference and even in the country as far as his on-the-court contributions. Definitely, a player to watch and opponents will have him scouted. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Eric Ayala attempted 0.559% of his shots from three point range. He is considered one of the more frequent three point shooters in the conference. Eric Ayala shot 0.421% from long range this season. He is considered an above-average three point shooter and a threat who must be contained on the perimeter. Eric Ayala shot 0.867% inside the perimeter. He gets his work done inside the restricted arc and has shown a strong ability to finish at the rim while showing great restraint to avoid less optimal shots. He is among the most efficient in his ability to score. As a shooter regardless of where he is, he makes something damaging happen for opponents.

This season, when shots were missed, Eric Ayala is certainly not there to help his team get a second chance opportunity.He is a stronger distributor than most that is for sure, but he is not among the elite. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

Eric Ayala has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He is an average defensive rebounder who is serviceable in his role. He is not a shot blocker. Watch out on the passing lanes, he will use his length and athleticism to force turnovers. He may even pick your pocket, opponents should be wary.

Aaron Wiggins 6-6 200 Guard

Aaron Wiggins sports a 21.0 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. There is potential for much more this season than his campaign this season. Consider that he is one of the better players in the conference and he can mean much more. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Aaron Wiggins attempted 0.438% of his shots from three point range. This season, he does not stand out as a player who attempted a lot of shots from downtown. Aaron Wiggins shot 0.286% from long range this season. This season, he would be considered an average three point shooter. He made 0.611% of his two point shots attempted this season. He is a solid finisher at the rim and his shot selection is generally strong inside the perimeter. His ability to score is not necessarily anything to behold and amassing points in his case is a matter of volume rather than efficiency.

His ability to crash the boards on the offensive end is average.He is a stronger distributor than most that is for sure, but he is not among the elite. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

Aaron Wiggins has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. His ability to block shots is generally unimportant, it is not an important part of his defensive game. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but Aaron Wiggins is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

Jairus Hamilton 6-8 234 Forward

Jairus Hamilton has a 19.0 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. There is potential for much more this season than his campaign this season. Consider that he is one of the better players in the conference and he can mean much more. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Jairus Hamilton this season has 0.522% of his shots attempted from 3 point range He is considered one of the more frequent three point shooters in the conference. Jairus Hamilton shot 0.5% from long range this season. He is a sharpshooter from long range and his ability to shoot three point shots must be respected. Jairus Hamilton shot 0.455% inside the perimeter. He is not a remarkable scorer inside the perimeter. He is among the most efficient in his ability to score. As a shooter regardless of where he is, he makes something damaging happen for opponents.

His ability to crash the boards on the offensive end is average.His ability to distribute the ball to his teammates is on-par with others in College Basketball. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

Jairus Hamilton has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He is a leader in his conference as a defensive rebounder. His ability to block shots is generally unimportant, it is not an important part of his defensive game. He is also not very adept at being defensively disruptive and forcing live ball turnovers.

Darryl Morsell 6-5 200 Guard

Darryl Morsell has a 22.3 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. There is potential for much more this season than his campaign this season. Consider that he is one of the better players in the conference and he can mean much more. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Darryl Morsell this season has 0.16% of his shots attempted from 3 point range He is not considered a frequent shooter from three point range. He made 0.5% of his three point shots fired this season. He is a sharpshooter from long range and his ability to shoot three point shots must be respected. He made 0.571% of his two point shots attempted this season. He is a solid finisher at the rim and his shot selection is generally strong inside the perimeter. When he puts up a shot, there is meaning to it. It is of great consequence and he is able to score.

His ability to crash the boards on the offensive end is average.He is one of the best at creating scoring opportunities for his teammates. He is a turnover prone player and he is a target for defenses. Playing more physical against him or making sure to jump his passes may be a good idea.

Defensive Breakdown

Darryl Morsell has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He is a leader in his conference as a defensive rebounder. He is one of the best shot-blockers in College Basketball, opponents have to game plan around him and he is an insurance policy of sorts for his team on the defensive end. This may enable them to take more risks defensively knowing he can erase shots. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but Darryl Morsell is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

Donta Scott 6-7 225 Guard

Donta Scott has a 33.9 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. He is among the best in the conference and even in the country as far as his on-the-court contributions. Definitely, a player to watch and opponents will have him scouted. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Donta Scott this season has 0.409% of his shots attempted from 3 point range This season, he does not stand out as a player who attempted a lot of shots from downtown. Donta Scott shot 0.556% from long range this season. He is a sharpshooter from long range and his ability to shoot three point shots must be respected. He made 0.846% of his two point shots attempted this season. He gets his work done inside the restricted arc and has shown a strong ability to finish at the rim while showing great restraint to avoid less optimal shots. He is among the most efficient in his ability to score. As a shooter regardless of where he is, he makes something damaging happen for opponents.

He is one of the best at creating second chance scoring opportunities in the country, his ability to grab offensive rebounds is very difficult to beat. His ability to distribute the ball to his teammates is on-par with others in College Basketball. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

Donta Scott has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. Windex has found their new pitchman and his abilities on the defensive glass certainly warrant such a Dick Vitale-ism. A strong shot-blocker who must be accounted for by opponents looking to attack the basket or post up on him. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but Donta Scott is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

Hakim Hart 6-6 200 Guard

Hakim Hart has a 31.7 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. He is among the best in the conference and even in the country as far as his on-the-court contributions. Definitely, a player to watch and opponents will have him scouted. He is considered one of the key players on the floor when he is out there playing.

Offensive Breakdown

Hakim Hart attempted 0.593% of his shots from three point range. He is considered one of the more frequent three point shooters in the conference. He made 0.5% of his three point shots fired this season. He is a sharpshooter from long range and his ability to shoot three point shots must be respected. Hakim Hart shot 0.727% inside the perimeter. He gets his work done inside the restricted arc and has shown a strong ability to finish at the rim while showing great restraint to avoid less optimal shots. He is among the most efficient in his ability to score. As a shooter regardless of where he is, he makes something damaging happen for opponents.

His ability to crash the boards on the offensive end is average.His ability to distribute the ball to his teammates is on-par with others in College Basketball. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

Hakim Hart has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. He is not a shot blocker. An aggressive defender who is among the best at successfully forcing live ball turnovers in every which way. He learned the Art of the Steal.

Galin Smith 6-9 240 Forward

Galin Smith sports a 17.5 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. In the grand scheme of things, he is an average College Basketball player this season as far as his contributions are concerned. He is not a very active participant on the floor. He may even be considered just a screener or a warm body out there.

Offensive Breakdown

Galin Smith attempted 0.0% of his shots from three point range. He is not considered a frequent shooter from three point range. He made nan% of his three point shots fired this season. He is a sharpshooter from long range and his ability to shoot three point shots must be respected. He made 0.706% of his two point shots attempted this season. He gets his work done inside the restricted arc and has shown a strong ability to finish at the rim while showing great restraint to avoid less optimal shots. He is among the most efficient in his ability to score. As a shooter regardless of where he is, he makes something damaging happen for opponents.

He is one of the best at creating second chance scoring opportunities in the country, his ability to grab offensive rebounds is very difficult to beat. He is not known for his ability to distribute the ball to his teammates. He is a turnover prone player and he is a target for defenses. Playing more physical against him or making sure to jump his passes may be a good idea.

Defensive Breakdown

Galin Smith has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. He is one of the best shot-blockers in College Basketball, opponents have to game plan around him and he is an insurance policy of sorts for his team on the defensive end. This may enable them to take more risks defensively knowing he can erase shots. He is also not very adept at being defensively disruptive and forcing live ball turnovers.

Chol Marial 7-2 230 Center

Chol Marial sports a 11.7 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. In the grand scheme of things, he is an average College Basketball player this season as far as his contributions are concerned. He is considered one of the key players on the floor when he is out there playing.

Offensive Breakdown

Chol Marial this season has 0.0% of his shots attempted from 3 point range He is not considered a frequent shooter from three point range. Chol Marial shot nan% from long range this season. He is a sharpshooter from long range and his ability to shoot three point shots must be respected. Chol Marial shot 0.462% inside the perimeter. He is not a remarkable scorer inside the perimeter. He is not efficient in his scoring attempts regardless of where it takes place.

He is one of the best at creating second chance scoring opportunities in the country, his ability to grab offensive rebounds is very difficult to beat. He is not known for his ability to distribute the ball to his teammates. He is a turnover prone player and he is a target for defenses. Playing more physical against him or making sure to jump his passes may be a good idea.

Defensive Breakdown

Chol Marial has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. He is one of the best shot-blockers in College Basketball, opponents have to game plan around him and he is an insurance policy of sorts for his team on the defensive end. This may enable them to take more risks defensively knowing he can erase shots. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but Chol Marial is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

The Clemson Roster

The Players to Watch for Clemson

Al-Amir Dawes 6-2 180 Guard

Al-Amir Dawes has a 17.3 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. In the grand scheme of things, he is an average College Basketball player this season as far as his contributions are concerned. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Al-Amir Dawes this season has 0.455% of his shots attempted from 3 point range This season, he does not stand out as a player who attempted a lot of shots from downtown. Al-Amir Dawes shot 0.1% from long range this season. He comes into this season viewed as a poor three point shooter. Al-Amir Dawes shot 0.583% inside the perimeter. He is a solid finisher at the rim and his shot selection is generally strong inside the perimeter. He is not efficient in his scoring attempts regardless of where it takes place.

His ability to crash the boards on the offensive end is average.He is a stronger distributor than most that is for sure, but he is not among the elite. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

Al-Amir Dawes has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. His ability to block shots is generally unimportant, it is not an important part of his defensive game. An aggressive defender who is among the best at successfully forcing live ball turnovers in every which way. He learned the Art of the Steal.

Clyde Trapp 6-4 194 Guard

Clyde Trapp has a 16.2 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. In the grand scheme of things, he is an average College Basketball player this season as far as his contributions are concerned. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Clyde Trapp this season has 0.25% of his shots attempted from 3 point range This season, he does not stand out as a player who attempted a lot of shots from downtown. He made 0.5% of his three point shots fired this season. He is a sharpshooter from long range and his ability to shoot three point shots must be respected. Clyde Trapp shot 0.5% inside the perimeter. He is not a remarkable scorer inside the perimeter. His ability to score is not necessarily anything to behold and amassing points in his case is a matter of volume rather than efficiency.

You can expect him to crash the boards on a consistent basis on the offensive end, his success is better than most. He is a stronger distributor than most that is for sure, but he is not among the elite. He is a turnover prone player and he is a target for defenses. Playing more physical against him or making sure to jump his passes may be a good idea.

Defensive Breakdown

Clyde Trapp has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He is an average defensive rebounder who is serviceable in his role. He is not a shot blocker. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but Clyde Trapp is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

Nick Honor 5-10 205 Guard

Nick Honor sports a 18.3 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. In the grand scheme of things, he is an average College Basketball player this season as far as his contributions are concerned. He is considered one of the key players on the floor when he is out there playing.

Offensive Breakdown

Nick Honor this season has 0.778% of his shots attempted from 3 point range It makes very little sense to give him space on the perimeter, opponents should be getting in his face. Nick Honor shot 0.333% from long range this season. This season, he would be considered an average three point shooter. Nick Honor shot 0.667% inside the perimeter. He gets his work done inside the restricted arc and has shown a strong ability to finish at the rim while showing great restraint to avoid less optimal shots. His ability to score is not necessarily anything to behold and amassing points in his case is a matter of volume rather than efficiency.

This season, when shots were missed, Nick Honor is certainly not there to help his team get a second chance opportunity.He is a stronger distributor than most that is for sure, but he is not among the elite. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

Nick Honor has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. He is not a shot blocker. An aggressive defender who is among the best at successfully forcing live ball turnovers in every which way. He learned the Art of the Steal.

John Newman 6-5 197 Guard

John Newman has a 6.3 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. This season, he is a bit of a non-factor on the floor. The hope is that this season he can improve and show what he can do. He is not a very active participant on the floor. He may even be considered just a screener or a warm body out there.

Offensive Breakdown

John Newman attempted 0.357% of his shots from three point range. This season, he does not stand out as a player who attempted a lot of shots from downtown. He made 0.4% of his three point shots fired this season. He is considered an above-average three point shooter and a threat who must be contained on the perimeter. John Newman shot 0.222% inside the perimeter. He is very inefficient inside the perimeter taking long jump shots and not showing an ability to finish at the rim. He is not efficient in his scoring attempts regardless of where it takes place.

His ability to crash the boards on the offensive end is average.His ability to distribute the ball to his teammates is on-par with others in College Basketball. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

John Newman has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. His ability to block shots is generally unimportant, it is not an important part of his defensive game. Watch out on the passing lanes, he will use his length and athleticism to force turnovers. He may even pick your pocket, opponents should be wary.

Aamir Simms 6-8 240 Forward

Aamir Simms sports a 32.0 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. He is among the best in the conference and even in the country as far as his on-the-court contributions. Definitely, a player to watch and opponents will have him scouted. Few teams have a player like him to take on that much of the workload.

Offensive Breakdown

Aamir Simms attempted 0.304% of his shots from three point range. This season, he does not stand out as a player who attempted a lot of shots from downtown. He made 0.286% of his three point shots fired this season. This season, he would be considered an average three point shooter. Aamir Simms shot 0.688% inside the perimeter. He gets his work done inside the restricted arc and has shown a strong ability to finish at the rim while showing great restraint to avoid less optimal shots. When he puts up a shot, there is meaning to it. It is of great consequence and he is able to score.

You can expect him to crash the boards on a consistent basis on the offensive end, his success is better than most. He is one of the best at creating scoring opportunities for his teammates. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

Aamir Simms has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. He is not a shot blocker. An aggressive defender who is among the best at successfully forcing live ball turnovers in every which way. He learned the Art of the Steal.

Hunter Tyson 6-8 211 Forward

Hunter Tyson sports a 19.1 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. There is potential for much more this season than his campaign this season. Consider that he is one of the better players in the conference and he can mean much more. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Hunter Tyson attempted 0.714% of his shots from three point range. It makes very little sense to give him space on the perimeter, opponents should be getting in his face. Hunter Tyson shot 0.4% from long range this season. He is considered an above-average three point shooter and a threat who must be contained on the perimeter. Hunter Tyson shot 0.5% inside the perimeter. He is not a remarkable scorer inside the perimeter. When he puts up a shot, there is meaning to it. It is of great consequence and he is able to score.

You can expect him to crash the boards on a consistent basis on the offensive end, his success is better than most. He is not known for his ability to distribute the ball to his teammates. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

Hunter Tyson has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. Windex has found their new pitchman and his abilities on the defensive glass certainly warrant such a Dick Vitale-ism. A strong shot-blocker who must be accounted for by opponents looking to attack the basket or post up on him. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but Hunter Tyson is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

Chase Hunter 6-3 200 Guard

Chase Hunter has a 5.6 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. This season, he is a bit of a non-factor on the floor. The hope is that this season he can improve and show what he can do. He is not a very active participant on the floor. He may even be considered just a screener or a warm body out there.

Offensive Breakdown

Chase Hunter attempted 0.1% of his shots from three point range. He is not considered a frequent shooter from three point range. Chase Hunter shot 0.0% from long range this season. He comes into this season viewed as a poor three point shooter. He made 0.333% of his two point shots attempted this season. He is very inefficient inside the perimeter taking long jump shots and not showing an ability to finish at the rim. He is not efficient in his scoring attempts regardless of where it takes place.

His ability to crash the boards on the offensive end is average.His ability to distribute the ball to his teammates is on-par with others in College Basketball. He is a turnover prone player and he is a target for defenses. Playing more physical against him or making sure to jump his passes may be a good idea.

Defensive Breakdown

Chase Hunter has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He is a leader in his conference as a defensive rebounder. He is not a shot blocker. An aggressive defender who is among the best at successfully forcing live ball turnovers in every which way. He learned the Art of the Steal.

Olivier-Maxence Prosper 6-8 218 Guard

Olivier-Maxence Prosper has a 6.0 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. This season, he is a bit of a non-factor on the floor. The hope is that this season he can improve and show what he can do. Few teams have a player like him to take on that much of the workload.

Offensive Breakdown

Olivier-Maxence Prosper this season has 0.417% of his shots attempted from 3 point range This season, he does not stand out as a player who attempted a lot of shots from downtown. He made 0.0% of his three point shots fired this season. He comes into this season viewed as a poor three point shooter. Olivier-Maxence Prosper shot 0.571% inside the perimeter. He is a solid finisher at the rim and his shot selection is generally strong inside the perimeter. He is not efficient in his scoring attempts regardless of where it takes place.

He is one of the best at creating second chance scoring opportunities in the country, his ability to grab offensive rebounds is very difficult to beat. He is not known for his ability to distribute the ball to his teammates. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

An average defensive player making an average impact for his team. We shall see if there is more to this. He is an average defensive rebounder who is serviceable in his role. A strong shot-blocker who must be accounted for by opponents looking to attack the basket or post up on him. He is also not very adept at being defensively disruptive and forcing live ball turnovers.

Maryland vs. Clemson Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Maryland 68 Clemson 69

Spread Pick: Maryland +2 -108 Pinnacle Sports
Total Pick: Over 135 -110 BetOnline