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College Basketball Odds & Picks for Rutgers vs. Clemson: PRO Systems Edge Goes to Scarlet Knights in NCAA Tournament

College Basketball Odds & Picks for Rutgers vs. Clemson: PRO Systems Edge Goes to Scarlet Knights in NCAA Tournament article feature image

Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire-Getty Images. Pictured: Rutgers guard Ron Harper Jr.

  • Two struggling teams face off in the first round of the NCAA Tournament when Rutgers and Clemson do battle.
  • Neither team may be hot, but sharp action is on an experienced Scarlet Knights squad, and our PRO Report agrees.
  • Dig into where the action is going for this 7-10 matchup.

Rutgers vs. Clemson College Basketball Odds

Rutgers Odds -1.5
Clemson Odds +1.5
Over/Under 125
Time | Channel 9:20 p.m. ET | TBS
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Rutgers takes on Clemson on Friday night in a First Round Midwest Region matchup. Both teams have won three of their last five games, getting the job done with tough and effective defenses.

The Scarlet Knights stayed afloat in an incredibly tough Big Ten Conference, using the combination of their defense and the scoring talents of guard Ron Harper Jr. (15.4 points per game) to take down Indiana and Minnesota on their way to getting blown out by Illinois in the Big Ten Conference Tournament Quarterfinals.

Clemson only made it to the Second Round of the ACC Tournament, losing to a very unimpressive Miami (FL) team. The Tigers’ defense carries them through most matchups and they could see success in slowing down Harper & Co. on Friday.

That being said, Clemson is 98th in the nation in Adjusted Offensive Efficiency per KenPom and at some point, they will need one of their key players to play above their usual level to keep things close in Friday’s game. Our PRO Report seems to support this idea, with it reflecting sharp bettors’ support of Rutgers.

Rutgers vs. Clemson Pick

Sharp Action

The line for Rutgers-Clemson opened at Rutgers -1 before it was pushed up to -1.5.

Since March 14, 2021, there have been four Action Labs Bet Signals triggered on the Scarlet Knights, signaling the sharp action moving Friday’s spread.

Big Money

At the time of this writing, the 34% of bettors backing Rutgers have generated 70% of the money wagered on Friday’s First Round matchup.

PRO Systems 

Friday’s Rutgers-Clemson game fits into our NCAA Tournament: Fading Trendy Underdogs PRO System, which has a 58% win rate and 13% Return On Investment (ROI) since 2015.

PRO Report Pick: Rutgers -1.5

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