This Friday night, the No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks will meet the No. 5 Clemson Tigers in the Sweet 16 of the 2018 NCAA Tournament. Kansas enters with a 29-7 record, while Clemson enters with a 25-9 record. The game will be broadcast on CBS.
Preview: Kansas reached the Sweet 16 by knocking off both Penn and Seton Hall. The Jayhawks got a huge performance from Malik Newman against the Pirates. Newman finished with 28 points on 8-of-14 shooting, helping the Jayhawks survive incredible games from Angel Delgado and Khadeen Carrington. Kansas shot 43% from three-point land in the win.
Clemson has taken down New Mexico State and Auburn to reach the Sweet 16. The team's performance against Auburn was arguably the most dominant in the entire tournament. Clemson beat the brakes off of Auburn, 84-53, holding the Tigers to just 26% shooting. Four of Clemson's players finished in double figures.
Date: Friday, March 23
Game Time: 7:07 PM ET
Location: CenturyLink Center Omaha, Omaha, NE
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, Bill Raftery, Tracy Wolfson
Opening Betting Line: Kansas by 4.5 via 5Dimes
Prediction: Clemson didn't finish the regular season on a high note - the Tigers lost two of their last three - but they seem to be firing on all cylinders through the first two rounds of the tournament. Against New Mexico State, the Tigers shot 56% from the field. Against Auburn, they shot 48%.
That being said, Kansas will feature more talent than the Tigers have faced thus far. Devonte' Graham is a bonafide star, and the Jayhawks have four other players who average double figures in scoring.
This year's tournament has been impossible to predict, but on paper, Kansas is the better team here. We'll take the Jayhawks by five.