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New Mexico State vs. Clemson - 3/16/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Clemson Tigers (23-9) vs. New Mexico State Aggies (28-5)

College Basketball: Friday, March 16, 2018 at 10:00 pm (Viejas Arena)

The Line: Clemson Tigers -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: TruTV

The Clemson Tigers and New Mexico State Aggies meet Friday in the first round of the college basketball NCAA Tournament at the Viejas Arena.

The Clemson Tigers enter this tournament losing five of their last seven games, but they were one of the better ACC teams before the month of February. The Clemson Tigers are averaging 73.3 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 65.8 points on 41 percent shooting. Marcquise Reed is averaging 15.9 points and 3.4 assists while Donte Grantham is averaging 14.2 points and 6.9 rebounds. Shelton Mitchell is the third double-digit scorer and Gabe DeVoe is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The Clemson Tigers are shooting 36.7 percent from beyond the arc and 75.7 percent from the free throw line. The Clemson Tigers are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.5 rebounds per game. The Clemson Tigers have won four of their last six neutral site games.

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New Mexico State vs. Clemson - 3/16/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The New Mexico State Aggies have won each of their last six games and are fresh off winning the WAC Tournament. The New Mexico State Aggies are averaging 75.9 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 63.8 points on 39.2 percent shooting. Zach Lofton is averaging 19.8 points and 1.7 assists while Jemerrio Jones is averaging 11 points and 13.2 rebounds. A.J. Harris is dishing 2.9 assists and Eli Chuha is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The New Mexico State Aggies are shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 64.3 percent from the free throw line. The New Mexico State Aggies are allowing 30.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.5 rebounds per game. The New Mexico State Aggies have won six of their last seven neutral site games.

The Aggies are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games, 4-1-2 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games and 6-2-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Tigers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 NCAA Tournament games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Friday games. The under is 4-0 in Tigers last 4 non-conference games and the under is 7-3 in Aggies last 10 overall.

The Clemson Tigers had an ugly finish to the season in which they lost five of their last eight games and the defense has slipped. The New Mexico State Aggies are a team few know about but is a squad you don't want to overlook. New Mexico State not only made the big dance last year, but this season, it has wins over Davidson, New Mexico, Illinois and took USC down to the wire. The Aggies are a really balanced basketball team and simply get after it defensively. The New Mexico State Aggies aren't going to back down and will come into this game confident. This is a dangerous, dangerous game for Clemson. I like the New Mexico State Aggies to win outright, but I'll take the free points as well.

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