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In the second part of our Sweet 16 preview, we will comprehensively cover each of the four Friday NCAA Tournament games from all the angles. We will examine the matchups on both ends of the floor, look at trends, interesting nuggets and sharp action, and provide our experts’ favorite bets.
Check back here up until game time for insight into last-minute sharp action, significant line moves and any other betting market info.
Let’s get to it!
All spreads as of Thursday evening
#5 Clemson vs. #1 Kansas -5 | O/U: 142.5
Omaha, Neb. | 7:07 p.m. ET on CBS
By Jordan Majewski
When Clemson Has The Ball
After years of heavy criticism lobbed at his often stagnant and unimaginative motion offense, Clemson coach Brad Brownell finally joined the pick-and-roll revolution. The Tigers haven’t looked back since. Guards Marquise Reed and Shelton Mitchell are both effective in screen and roll, and Gabe DeVoe can be a deadly shooter (39.9% from 3).
Kansas guards Malik Newman, Lagerald Vick and Svi Mykhailiuk have all had their issues in pick-and-roll defense, and that’s something Clemson’s shifty guards will look to exploit. Elijah Thomas, a 6-foot-9 forward, has a nice finesse post game on the block and is particularly deadly going over his right shoulder with a baby hook, but Udoka Azubuike’s post defense has been solid and Thomas’ game isn’t a power post skill set, which tends to get Azubuike in foul trouble.