New Mexico State Looks to be a Tough Out for Clemson

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Swinging Johnson

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 3:47 PM GMT

Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2018 3:47 PM GMT

The Clemson Tigers will look to rebound after a loss to Virginia in the ACC semifinals, while New Mexico State hopes to keep their winning streak alive after winning their fifth straight WAC tournament championship. It's a Midwest Region game Friday night. 

No. 12 New Mexico State (28-5 SU, 5-3 ATS) vs. No. 5 Clemson (23-9 SU, 17-11 ATS)Midwest Region, Friday, 9:57 PM ETFree NCAAB Pick: New Mexico State +5Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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  • Clemson is 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a straight up loss.
  • Clemson is 1-4 ATS in their last five NCAA Tournament games.
  • New Mexico State is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
  • New Mexico State is 6-2-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
  • New Mexico State is 4-1 ATS in their last five neutral site games as a favorite.

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— Nate Barrett (@NateCBS4) March 11, 2018
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The Clemson Tigers are hoping to shake off a 64-58 loss to the Virginia Cavaliers in the ACC semifinals and rebound with a win over New Mexico State in this Midwest Region opener. Unfortunately for Clemson, they will have to press on without senior forward Donte Grantham, who has been sidelined over the team’s last 13 games with a torn ACL. Since that time, the Tigers have gone 7-6 straight up and against the college basketball odds. Grantham ended his career in the midst of his best season, averaging 14.2 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.

The Aggies of New Mexico State have won 17 of their last 19, covering the number in eight of 11 lined games during that span, including a 72-58 win over Grand Canyon as 4½ point neutral-site chalk, to win the WAC tournament. New Mexico State has been successful this season due in large part to their dominating rebound game, ranked fourth in the nation, and a defense that has allowed an average of 63.8 PPG (10th). Senior guard Zach Lofton has been the team’s chief point producer, averaging 19.8 points per game.

The knock on the Aggies is that they have a schedule devoid of ranked teams, with only Saints Mary’s (92-74 loss) and then No. 6 Miami (63-54 win) on their regular season slate, while Clemson has battled the likes of North Carolina, Virginia and Duke. Like New Mexico State, Clemson has done it on defense, surrendering an average of 65.8 PPG (29th), but their offense is ranked 185th, producing just 73.3 PPG vs. the Aggies’ nearly 76 points per game average (109th).

I see New Mexico State as a dark horse in the tournament and a team that thrives on the glass. At only 6-foot-5, NMSU's Jemerrio Jones has been an absolute beast on the boards, gobbling up 13.2 per game this season and averaging 18.6 rebounds in the three WAC tournament contests. The Aggies look primed to show up and deliver, so make sure to include them in your college basketball picks on Friday night. The winner of this one will tip off against the winner of the Charleston/Auburn game.

Check out SBR’s college basketball odds page for updated lines. Also, head over to the March Madness Betting Headquarters for vital handicapping information, picks, and a list of the best sports books and live betting options for the tournament season.

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