Sweet 16 Underdog Value on Clemson & Texas Tech

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Charles Stark

Friday, March 23, 2018 11:58 AM GMT

Friday, Mar. 23, 2018 11:58 AM GMT

For Friday's NCAA Sweet 16 matchups we are once again going to focus on a couple of solid underdogs. Clemson takes on Kansas, and Texas Tech battles Purdue with the Boilers missing one of their best players.

Clemson vs. KansasFree NCAAB Pick: Clemson +5Best Line Offered: Pinnacle

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Odds makers have come out making Kansas a solid 5-point favorite, but I will take Clemson to possibly win this game straight up. It makes sense for the Jayhawks to be favored in this matchup, but Clemson has played some really good basketball over these past few weeks. On the season, while Kansas is shooting an outstanding 49.6% from the floor, while Clemson has been as tremendous allowing opponents to shoot just 40.4% overall, which ranks them 15th in the country. Clemson also ranks 12th in opponents' shooting efficiency and currently is among the national leaders opponent field goals made per game at 23.5 per contest. Meanwhile, the Tigers have been steady shooting at almost 46% clip and almost 37% from distance. This Clemson team seems like it is peaking at the right time.

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Texas Tech vs. PurdueFree NCAAB Pick: TTU +2Best Line Offered: Bookmaker

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Of course the big story line for Purdue is the injury to center Isaac Haas, so it is a little bit surprising that oddsmakers have come out making the Boilers as 2-point favorites. Without him in their last matchup, the Boilermakers pulled off a 76-73 win versus Butler, but I think things will get more difficult for them against a Red Raiders team that plays tremendous defense. Although Purdue has been excellent on the offensive side of the ball and ranks fourth in the country in shooting efficiency, Texas Tech has been equally impressive in allowing opponents shoot just 40.3% from the floor and 32.7% overall. From beyond the arc will be a point of contention because Purdue is so balanced and can light it up from distance shooting at a 42.1% clip; as if that is not enough, Purdue has been solid on the defensive side, ranking eighth in the country in opponents' shooting efficiency. I think without a key player, though, they’re going to struggle a bit and Texas Tech will focus on defending the perimeter, which is where this battle will be won. Look for Texas Tech to take this game to the final shot.

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