Sweet 16: Clemson and Kansas Kick-off Friday Action

Sweet 16 NCAA Tournament

Clemson Heads Into Sweet 16 as a Unknown

Sweet 16 action kicks off on Friday Night with the Clemson Tigers and the Kansas Jayhawks battling. CenturyLink Center-NE will host the action and CBS will televise the game nationally.

Oddsmakers opened the Jayhawks as -4-point favorites versus the Tigers, while the game’s total opened at 143. The line is now Kansas -5 and the total is up to 144.5.

The basketball coach at Clemson is trying to makea name for himself. His name is not recognized like his three counterparts at the Midwest Regional. Mike Krzyzewski has led Duke to five NCAA titles and 12 Final Four appearances. Bill Self has one national title and two Final Fours with Kansas. Jim Boeheim has one title and five Final Fours with Syracuse.

Brad Brownell has Clemson in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1997. He previously coached Wright State and UNC-Wilmington to tournament appearances.

Clemson advanced by playing great defense. They limited Auburn to 25.8 percent shooting. Auburn only scored points on just 22 of 70 possessions in an 84-53 second-round matchup. Clemson ranks 18th nationally defending shots. The Tigers are allowing only 40.4 percent on average per game.

Three over-sized guards lead the way. All of them stand 6’3″ and cause matchup problems. Marcquise Reed, Gabe DeVoe and Shelton Mitchell, lead the Tigers in scoring with averages of 15.9, 13.7 and 12.3 points, respectively.

Sweet 16 Again for Kansas in a “Down” Year

Self and the Jayhawks’ Big 12 dominance is reflected in 14 consecutive league championships. However, the Big 12 advanced four teams to the Sweet 16 this year.

Kansas outlasted Penn and Seton Hall in the first two rounds. Center Udoka Azubuike is back. The 7-foot sophomore missed the Jayhawks’ championship run in the Big 12 Tournament. He was out with an MCL strain.

He played 22 minutes against Seton Hall and chipped in 10 points and seven rebounds. Azubuike leads the nation in field goal percentage. He is making 77.5 percent of his attempts.

A whole flock of Kansas shooters have combined to average 10 3-point makes per game. They are shooting 40.3 percent from behind the arc.

The Jayhawk that has been the hottest during the five-game winning streak has been sophomore guard Malik Newman. He is averaging 22 points during that run and is hitting 59 percent from downtown.

 

Recent Form

Name Record ATS Offense Defense Diff ATS Home ATS Away OU Record OU Home OU Away
Clemson 25-9 19-12 73.76 65.50 8.26 10-3 3-7 16-14-1 5-7-1 7-3
Kansas 29-7 19-16 81.39 70.86 10.53 8-9 5-5 16-17-2 9-7-1 4-6

Power Stats

Assists Turnovers
Name Assists Turnovers Ratio
CLEMS 13.29 11.82 1.12
KANSA 16.86 11.56 1.46
Rebounding
Name Offense Defense Total
CLEMS 8.79 26.97 35.76
KANSA 9.50 25.78 35.28
ShootingPercentage
Name Offense Defense Differential
CLEMS 45.70 40.45 5.25
KANSA 49.61 42.23 7.38
Team Records

Clemson Tigers

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 25-9 17-2 8-7 19-12 12-4 7-8 73.76 65.50 8.26
Last 10 5-5 4-1 1-4 6-4 3-2 3-2 70.80 66.40 4.40
vs Conf 12-8 9-1 3-7 10-10 7-3 3-7 70.15 67.70 2.45

Kansas Jayhawks

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 29-7 21-4 8-3 19-16 13-11 6-5 81.39 70.86 10.53
Last 10 9-1 8-0 1-1 7-3 6-2 1-1 80.40 71.10 9.30
vs Conf 16-5 10-2 6-3 10-11 5-7 5-4 78.19 74.10 4.09

Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 73.76 136 70.86 110
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 81.39 25 65.50 23

Head To Head Summary

Team record ATS O/U AVG AVG ½ FG% REB 3PT steals
Clemson
Kansas

Head To Head Detail

Date
Date Away away score Home home score line ATS Total O/U FG% Edge Reb Edge 3PT Edge Away Half Score Home Half Score Away FG% Home FG% Away Rebounds Home Rebounds Away Three Pointers Home Three Pointers Away Steals Home Steals

Sweet 16 Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Clemson Tigers

Date Opponent score Result line Total ATS Result field goal percentage free throw percentage three pointers Location
Mar 18, 2018 AUBRN 84-53 W 1.5 146 W/U 47.54 69.57 10 A
Mar 16, 2018 NMXST 79-68 W -3.5 133 W/O 55.93 77.78 6 H
Mar 9, 2018 VIRGA 58-64 L 8 115.5 W/O 34.69 82.61 5 A
Mar 8, 2018 BC 90-82 W -5.5 140 W/O 46.77 90.91 12 H
Mar 3, 2018 SYRA 52-55 L 0 124.5 L/U 40.00 68.75 5 A

Kansas Jayhawks

Date Opponent score Result line Total ATS Result field goal percentage free throw percentage three pointers Location
Mar 17, 2018 SETON 83-79 W -4.5 155 L/O 50.00 69.23 9 H
Mar 15, 2018 PENN 76-60 W -14 146 W/U 44.26 88.24 7 H
Mar 10, 2018 W.VA 81-70 W 1.5 148 W/O 56.36 50.00 15 H
Mar 9, 2018 KANST 83-67 W -7.5 138.5 W/O 48.33 82.35 11 H
Mar 8, 2018 OKST 82-68 W -6 150 W/P 56.14 71.43 8 H

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