NCAA Tournament Betting: Can Baylor Cover the Spread Against Clemson?

Skyler Carlin
Skyler Carlin@skyler_carlin
NCAA Tournament Betting: Can Baylor Cover the Spread Against Clemson?

Very few things on the sports calendar can match the excitement and unpredictability of the NCAA Tournament. So why not add betting to the mix via the college basketball odds at FanDuel Sportsbook?

The 2024 edition of the big dance has arrived, and here at FanDuel Research, we'll have you covered with a betting guide for each game.

The Baylor Bears and Clemson Tigers are set to square off against each other in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday. With a spot in the Sweet Sixteen being the reward for winning in the Round of 32, which bets should interest you in the contest between Baylor and Clemson?

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NCAA Tournament Betting Picks

Baylor vs. Clemson Betting Odds

Date and Time: Sunday, March 24th at 6:10 p.m. ET

Spread: Baylor -4.5 (-106)

Total: 144.5


  • Baylor: -192
  • Clemson: +158

Baylor vs. Clemson Statistical Breakdown

Advanced stats from KenPom, Bart Torvik and numberFire.

Baylor Bears

  • numberFire Ranking: 14th
  • Bart Torvik Ranking: 17th
  • KenPom Ranking: 14th
    • Adjusted Defensive Efficiency Ranking: 64th
    • Adjusted Offensive Efficiency Ranking: 6th
    • Adjusted Tempo Ranking: 281st

Clemson Tigers

  • numberFire Ranking: 31st
  • Bart Torvik Ranking: 35th
  • KenPom Ranking: 34th
    • Adjusted Defensive Efficiency Ranking: 67th
    • Adjusted Offensive Efficiency Ranking: 27th
    • Adjusted Tempo Ranking: 260th

Baylor vs. Clemson Best Bet

Baylor -4.5 (-106)

Both Baylor and Clemson secured lopsided wins in the Round of 64. The Bears handily defeated the Colgate Raiders 92-67 while the Tigers eliminated the New Mexico Lobos 77-56.

Despite both teams handling business in the First Round, I'll back Baylor in Sunday's contest. In their 25-point victory over the Raiders, the Bears converted 58% of their field-goal attempts and made 53% of their three-point shots.

Efficient shooting isn't a rarity for a Baylor squad that is 16th in effective field-goal percentage (55.6%) and fourth in three-point percentage (39.4%). While the Bears can sometimes have turnover issues with the 217th offensive turnover rate (17.7%), the Tigers are 342nd in defensive turnover rate (13.6%).

The scoring responsibilities are spread pretty evenly for Baylor, who have six players averaging 10-plus points points per game. The trio of Ja'Kobe Walter (14.4 PPG), Rayj Dennis (13.2 PPG, 6.9 APG), and Jalen Bridges (12.2 PPG, 5.7 RPG) combined for 52 points while Jayden Nunn (10.7 PPG) supplied 15 points in the First Round.

The Bears can attack you in a variety of ways as they produce the 32nd-most points per game (80.5).

Even though Clemson deploys a formidable defense that is 69th in adjusted defensive efficiency (99.3) and 79th in effective field-goal percentage allowed (48.7%), via Bart Torvik's stats, they are 0-4 this season when giving up 80-plus points.

Keeping pace with the Bears is going to be easier said than done for the Tigers on Sunday. With Baylor coming out firing efficiently in the Round of 64, they are poised to cover against a Clemson team that is 2-3 against the spread (ATS) when playing at a neutral site.

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