Elite Eight Opening Odds: Clemson Vs Alabama, UConn Vs Illinois

  • The Alabama Crimson Tide are 3.0-point favorites against the Clemson Tigers in the Elite Eight.
  • March Madness betting favorite UConn is an 8.5-point favorite against Illinois.
  • These two Elite Eight matchups are scheduled for Saturday, starting with UConn vs Illinois at 6:09 p.m. ET.

LOS ANGELES – Both No. 4 Alabama and No. 6 Clemson won as underdogs on Thursday night, setting up for an incredible Elite Eight matchup. The Crimson Tide are 3.0-point favorites at USA online sportsbooks against Clemson after taking down the No. 1 seeded North Carolina Tar Heels.

Clemson Tigers Vs Alabama Crimson Tide Betting Lines

Team Spread Moneyline Total
Clemson +3.0 (-105) +135 O164.0 (-110)
Alabama -3.0 (-115) -160 U164.0 (-110)

It’s likely that Alabama online sportsbooks favor the Crimson Tide because of their fast pace and efficient scoring that propelled them over North Carolina. Alabama ranks 10th in the nation for tempo and fourth for offensive efficiency, leading to 90.8 points scored per game.

Clemson is a tough match up for them, as the Tigers like to play slow (ranked 257th in tempo) and are excellent defensively against the three-point shot. Clemson’s defense held opponents to an average of 4.6 made three-pointers on 35.1% shooting so far in March Madness.

The Tigers have the defensive formula to stop Alabama, making their +135 odds at South Carolina betting sites a solid bet to win as an underdog for a fourth-consecutive tournament game.

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Tournament Favorite UConn A Heavy Favorite Vs Illinois

The UConn Huskies have dominated their way into the Elite Eight after a 30-point win over the San Diego State Aztecs in the Sweet Sixteen. UConn has +100 March Madness betting odds to win the National Championship and -400 odds to defeat Illinois in the Elite Eight.

Illinois Vs UConn Betting Lines

Team Spread Moneyline Total
Illinois +8.5 (-115) +300 O155.0 (-110)
Connecticut -8.5 (-105) -400 U155.0 (-110)

Illinois beat a tough Iowa State Cyclones team in the Sweet Sixteen, but college basketball betting odds show it won’t be enough to get past the Huskies. UConn has beaten their tournament opponents by 39, 17, and 30 points so far in March.