Predictions, picks, odds for game Saturday


The Elite Eight of the Men’s NCAA Tournament is only a few hours away, and the closely contested matchup between No. 4 seed Alabama and No. 6 Clemson will determine which team will secure a bid to the Final Four. The two teams last met in November 2023, with Clemson emerging victorious over Alabama.

Alabama has made it to the Elite Eight tournament for the second time in school history after defeating top-seeded North Carolina 89-87. Grant Nelson delivered a season-high performance with 24 points, while Rylan Griffen and Aaron Estrada each contributed 19 points in the Sweet 16 victory.

Clemson has made it to their first Elite Eight game since 1980 by defeating the No. 2 seed Arizona 77-72 in a West Region Semifinal matchup. Chase Hunter had an impressive performance, scoring 18 points, grabbing seven rebounds, and making five assists, while PJ Hall played a key role in leading the Tigers to victory with 17 points and eight rebounds.

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 28: Chase Hunter #1 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates with his teammate Joseph Girard III #11 after defeating the Arizona Wildcats during the second half in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Crypto.com Arena on March 28, 2024 in Los Angeles, California. The Clemson Tigers won, 77-72. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Clemson vs. Alabama predictions

New York Post: Clemson vs. Alabama under 165 points

Erich Richter writes: “Interestingly enough, the nation’s No. 1 offense in points per game has been getting money from bettors but the under is also gaining some traction, opening at 166 and moving down to 165 or 164.5. Clemson allows opposing teams to shoot just 41 percent and ranks 33rd in KenPom in adjusted defensive efficiency. The Tigers will need that defense to be every bit of elite against Alabama. I’m grabbing the under in this one, at 165 on BetRivers, as Clemson is a live underdog and plays solid enough defense. The Tigers held New Mexico to 56 points and Baylor to 64 points.”

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