The Baylor Bears and Clemson Tigers face off in the second round of the 2024 NCAA Basketball Tournament. This Baylor basketball team is not one of the best teams that the school has ever had, but it has one of the best players in the country. The Bears took down the Colgate Raiders very easily in the first round on the back of four players scoring in the double figures. Clemson was able to hold off a popular upset pick in New Mexico in the first round.

Below, we will preview this NCAA Tournament college basketball game, giving a Baylor vs Clemson prediction and other March Madness expert picks. Which school will win and keep their hopes of winning the championship trophy alive?

Baylor vs Clemson Prediction and March Madness Expert Picks

2024 NCAA Tournament
No. 3 Baylor Bears (24-10) vs. No. 6 Clemson Tigers (22-11)
Date: Sunday, March 24, 2024
Time: 6:10 PM EST
Venue: FedEx Forum — Memphis, TN
Coverage: TNT

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Baylor vs Clemson March Madness Odds

All college basketball betting odds for Kansas vs Samford can be found at BetUS Sportsbook.

Moneyline: BAY: (-185) | CLEM: (+160)
Point Spread: BAY: -4 (-110) | CLEM: +4 (-110)
Total: 145 — Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

KenPom Rankings | Bracketology

KenPom Rankings are from

Baylor14123.1 (5)100.6 (73)65.6 (283)
Clemson25117.5 (25)99.2 (46)66.2 (260)

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  • Baylor is 12-2 in non-conference college basketball games this season. 
  • Clemson is 11-1 in non-conference college basketball games this season. 
  • The OVER is 18-15 in Baylor basketball games this season. 
  • The OVER is 17-16 in Clemson basketball games this season. 
  • Baylor is 9-2 in NCAA Tournament games since 2019. 
  • Clemson is 1-1 in NCAA Tournament games since 2019.

Baylor vs Clemson Prediction | March Madness Expert Picks

The Baylor Bears had little to no resistance from the Colgate Raiders in the first round. Shooting 58% from the field and 53% from the three point line, the Bears were led by Jalen Bridges. Bridges led a quartet of double digit scorers with 23 points. Ja’Kobe Walter added 19, Jayden Nunn 15 and RayJ Dennis 10. That quartet of scoring goes to show that Baylor can attack teams from a lot of different positions on the court. They were also able to hold a good Colgate Raiders offense to just 67 points. Making 16 threes, the Bears were able to show their chops hitting threes, something that was slightly inconsistent this season.

In the first round of the tournament, Clemson fended off a really good New Mexico team, That came on the back of star P.J. Hall, who finished the game with 14 points. It was actually Chase Hunter though who led the team. Hunter scored 21 points on 8/16 shooting from the field. Clemson did an incredible job against New Mexico in limiting the three point shot. The Lobos shot just three of 23 from the three point line, something that will need to be replicated to take down the Bears. Clemson does have a very underrated player in the country to help them though. Ian Schieffelin is an undersized forward, who plays like he is seven feet. Against New Mexico, he totaled 16 points and 12 rebounds and caused a number of disruptions.

For Clemson to be able to bring home the upset, they are going to need to limit the Bears scoring. It is hard to say that, given they can attack you from all angles, but guys like Jalen Bridges and Ja’Kobe Walter cannot be the leading scorers. If they can hold Baylor to what they did against New Mexico, then I think they can win this game. That is a tall ask though. I think it may be more likely that Baylor can expose the paint, by picking up fouls on P.J. Hall. If Hall gets into foul trouble, Clemson is going to struggle. Both the offense and defense runs through him, so he needs to be on the court. Baylor’s fire power is going to be too much for Clemson in this one.  For our Baylor vs Clemson prediction, we are picking the Baylor Bears to win and move on in the NCAA Tournament.

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