At the CenturyLink Center in Omaha on Friday for the right to head to the Elite 8. The Kansas Jayhawks will take on the Clemson Tigers. The top seeded Kansas Jayhawks are coming into the game fresh off wins over Penn and the Seton Hall Pirates in the first two rounds. Kansas is 29-7 on the season, and won both the regular season and conference tournament title out of the Big 12.
The Clemson Tigers are part of the Atlantic Coast Conference, where they finished in a tie for third in the regular season standings. The Tigers are 25-9 on the season, and coming off a blowout win over Auburn. The Tigers beat New Mexico State in the first round of the tournament. The Kansas Jayhawks are -4 over the Clemson Tigers in Sweet 16 action on Friday.
The Clemson Tigers are a surprise Sweet 16 team, despite their solid regular season. The Tigers scored 73.8 points in the regular season, while adding more than that in the postseason. The defense for Clemson has been pretty solid all season, allowing 65.5 points per game. Clemson is grabbing more than 35 rebounds per game, and dishing out 13.3 assists per game.
The Tigers offense has been pretty well rounded all season. Marcquise Reed is the top scorer for the Tigers with 15.9 points per game, while Shelton Mitchell is adding 12.3 per game. The Tigers have never been to a NCAA Final Four in their school history. Clemson is 9-11 in NCAA Tournament play.
Jayhawks Loving Life
The Kansas Jayhawks have not played really well in their first two tournament games. The Jayhawks struggled early against Penn, and let Seton Hall hang around. The Jayhawks though are back in the Sweet 16, and one of just two #1 seeds remaining. The Jayhawks have scored 79.5 points per game in the tournament, and allowed 69.5 per game.
The Jayhawks top scorer Devonte Graham has not been great yet in the tournament. The Big 12 Player of the Year had a great regular season, where he scored 17.4 points per game, and dished out 7.5 assists per game. Kansas is seeking their 15th trip to the NCAA Final Four, and have 105 tournament wins in school history.
Kansas Tops Clemson
The Kansas Jayhawks are a streaky shooting basketball team. If the Tigers do not slow down their ability to shoot the ball, they could be in trouble. If Kansas is forced to slam the basketball inside, the Tigers will have a better chance. In the end though – the talent of Kansas downs the Clemson Tigers. It was a good season for Clemson, but it comes to an end with a loss in Omaha.
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