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UW Has Experience Edge Over Clemson In Rd 1

UW Has Experience Edge Over Clemson In Rd 1
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The first round of the NCAA tournament should be pretty cut and dry. The disparity between the top 16 No. 1 seeds and No. 4 seeds is significant. We don't expect any upsets in the first round there… but since this is the NCAA tournament, teams come out of the woodwork and play out of their minds so anything is possible. 

However, there are some interesting first round matchups between No. 2 and No. 3 seeds that could go either way.

Coming in at No. 4 on the list is...


No. 31 Washington vs. No. 38 Clemson

These two teams seem pretty evenly matched. Clemson has lost to No. 34 Kansas and No. 33 Wake Forest this year but most recently took out No. 32 Notre Dame 6-1. The Tigers don't have any huge wins, but their recent 6-1 win over a ND team that barely trails Washington in the rankings is promising.





Washington doesn't have any huge wins either. The Huskies did beat No. 25 USC this year, though, and came close to beating No. 16 Baylor. Washington is headed up by it lone ranked player, Stacey Fung, who comes in at No. 30 in the country. Clemson has two lower-ranked players, No. 98 Ayan Broomfield and No. 121 Marie Leduc.



Washington enters with a better record at 17-9 compared to Clemson's 13-10 mark. The Huskies have faced teams such as Stanford, Cal, UCLA, USC, Oklahoma State, and Baylor. Clemson has played Georgia and North Carolina but no other top-ranked teams. This match will be a close one, but based on Washington's experience and performance, the Huskies will be able to defeat Clemson.

PREDICTION: Washington def. Clemson 4-2

Other matchups on the list:
5) No. 21 LSU vs. No. 40 Tulsa
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