Predictions, picks, odds for game Saturday

The Elite Eight of the NCAA men’s tournament is just hours away, and the hotly contested game between No. 4 seed Alabama and No. 6 Clemson will determine which team earns a bid to the Final Four. The two teams last met in November 2023, with Clemson emerging victorious over Alabama.

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

Clemson reached its first Elite Eight game since 1980 by defeating No. 2 seed Arizona 77-72 in a West Region semifinal. Chase Hunter had an impressive performance, scoring 18 points, grabbing seven rebounds and dishing out 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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Clemson vs. Alabama Predictions

New York Post: Clemson vs. Alabama under 165 points

Erich Richter writes: “Interestingly, the nation’s No. 1 offense in points per game has been getting money from punters, but the under is also gaining ground, opening at 166 and dropping 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 this defense to be quite elite against Alabama. I’m taking the under in this one, at 165 at BetRivers, because Clemson is a live underdog and “plays pretty solid defense. The Tigers held New Mexico to 56 points and Baylor to 64 points.”

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