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West Virginia vs Clemson Start Madness

The Clemson Tigers destroyed UAB to earn the final 12 seed, and they will look to become the latest No. 12 to make life miserable for a 5 seed.

The game is being played at St. Petes Times Forum, which makes it closer for Tiger fans than Mountaineer fans, who hope their team can cover a 2-point spread and advance to the second round.

Clemson ranked 20th nationally in defense, which could interest UNDER bettors today. The Hokies have struggled ATS, going just 3-7 in their past 10 and the history of 5's struggling against 12's is well documented.

View Clemson vs West Virginia Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 14-ranked Mountaineers and the No. 55-rated Tigers in this matchup.

Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 73-71 win for the Tigers on Thursday.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Tigers rank No. 186 in NCAA Division 1 with 34.7 per game. That compares with West Virginia’s No. 57 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where West Virginia is college basketball's No. 166-ranked team at 6.3 per game, while the Tigers rate No. 139 with 6.4 per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Clemson owns the country's No. 82-rated mark, allowing 67.1 points per game on the highway. West Virginia, on the other hand, rates No. 131 in scoring at home.

In their last action, Clemson was a 70-52 winner against UAB. They covered the 4.5–point spread as favorites.

Last time out for West Virginia, they were a 67-61 loser as they battled Marquette. They failed to cover in the match as a 3-point favorite.

Clemson Tigers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
After playing UAB are 1-0
After a win are 5-5

West Virginia Mountaineers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 10-0
After playing Marquette are 4-2
After a loss are 8-2

A few Tigers at Mountaineers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of West Virginia's last 7 games
West Virginia is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
West Virginia is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games