Clemson (5) vs. Auburn (4) Odds: March Madness Prediction

Frank Doyle | Updated Mar 17, 2018

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It's a Tigers vs. Tigers matchup in the Midwest Region as Clemson and Auburn scrap with a date to the Sweet 16 on the line.

Clemson
22-8
AT
March 18, 2018, 7:10 PM ET
Viejas Arena
Auburn
25-6
Pointspread +1.5 -110
Moneyline +105
Over / Under o +146

61%

Betting Action

39%

Pointspread -1.5 -110
Moneyline -125
Over / Under u +146

61%

Betting Action

39%

Clemson and Auburn avoided upsets in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, but Auburn bettors have to be a little sheepish heading into this March Madness matchup. If a late non-call had gone the other way, Auburn likely would have been upset by No. 13-seeded Charleston. Auburn went into that matchup as a 9.5-point favourite on the March Madness betting odds board and squeaked out a 62-58 win. Meanwhile, Clemson didn’t have much trouble in dispatching No. 12-seeded New Mexico State.

NCAA Tournament Odds and Betting Analysis

On the whole, while each of these teams have been strong bets against the spread (ATS) this year, they’re trending in different directions lately. Clemson is 18-12 against the number and has covered in each of its last three. Auburn, on the other hand, is 19-12 against the spread overall, but has dropped five in a row ATS heading into Sunday’s matchup. This will be a classic matchup between Auburn’s offence that averages better than 80 points per game against Clemson’s tough defence.

Clemson Tigers

Paced by great guard play, Clemson jumped on New Mexico State early and never let up in its opening-round 79-68 victory. Shelton Mitchell led the way with 23 points, while Gabe DeVoe had 22, and Marcquise Reed chipped in 15. The Tigers got off to a quick start and built up an 18-point lead early in the second half and cruised from there to easily cover as 3.5-point favourites.

Once Clemson gets a lead, this team has the defence to lock it down. The Tigers are giving up just 65.9 points per game on the year allowing their opposition to shoot only 41 percent from the floor. Just one of Clemson’s last seven opponents have cracked the 70-point plateau.

Auburn Tigers

Auburn has been filling the bucket all year with an attack that ranks in the top 20 in the country, but the Tigers are struggling to get shots to go right now. They shot just over 35 percent from the floor in Thursday’s win and connected on only five of 24 attempts from outside (20.4 percent).

On the bright side, maybe this is the bottom of the barrel for Auburn’s attack. Standout point guard Jared Harper had likely the worst game of his college career against Charleston, hitting just one of his seven field goal attempts and finishing with only six points. He averages 13.5 points and 5.6 assists per game and his play could be the key factor in Sunday’s game against Clemson.

Tigers vs. Tigers March Madness Predictions

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