NCAA Tournament Predictions: Clemson vs. Kansas 3/23/18

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Updated: March 23, 2018

Clemson vs. Kansas Pick

NCAA Tournament Predictions: Clemson vs. Kansas 3/23/18

Will No. 1 Kansas be able to avoid the upset-bug and get past No. 5 Clemson when the two meet in the NCAA Tournament tonight at 7:07PM ET?

GAME SNAPSHOT

NCAA Tournament Midwest Region: (877) Clemson vs. (878) Kansas

Friday, March 23, 2018

Location: CenturyLink Center Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska

TV: CBS, 7:07PM ET

CURRENT ODDS

According to oddsmakers at YouWager, Kansas is favored in this game, as the Jayhawks are getting odds of -5 points against Clemson. The over/under total is currently listed at 143 points.

LINE MOVEMENT

The spread opened with Kansas as a 5-point favorite. The spread dropped to a low of 4 points before working its way back up to 5. The over/under total opened at 143 points and dropped middle of the week to 142.5 before pushing back up to 143.

Bet on College Basketball for Friday, March 23, 2018

PUBLIC BETTING INFORMATION

The public is behind Kansas tonight. As of Friday morning, the Jayhawks are getting 59 percent of the wagers on this game as the favorite against Clemson.

KEY INJURIES

Neither team has anyone new players listed on the injury report for tonight’s game.

BETTING STRATEGIES

Clemson has been somewhat of a surprise in this tournament in how easily the Tigers have advanced. They beat New Mexico State 79-68 to open the tournament and then dominated Auburn in the second round, 84-53. The Tigers covered in both games and are now 19-12 ATS this season, but just 9-9 ATS away from home. Clemson has been about defense, allowing just 65.5 per game this season and only 64.4 over their last five. The offense is putting up 73.8 per game this year.

Kansas is on a five-game win streak right now with victories over Penn (76-60) and Seton Hall (83-79) in the NCAA Tournament. The Jayhawks failed to cover the 4.5-point spread in the win over the Pirates. Kansas is now 19-15-1 against the spread and 11-8 ATS away from home. The Jayhawks are averaging 81.4 points per game on offense this season while allowing 70.9 per game.

I still worry about Clemson. The Tigers haven’t been a consistent team this season and are out-manned against this Kansas team. Not having Donte Grantham will catch up with this team eventually and I think that will be tonight. Kansas is a team that can score in bunches and hit from the arc. I don’t think Clemson will be able to match that scoring and I don’t believe its defense will be strong enough to hold the Jayhawks in check.

 

NCAA TOURNAMENT PREDICTIONS: KANSAS -5



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