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NCAA Tournament Play In Xavier Musketeers vs. North Carolina State Wolfpack Pick, Odds, Prediction 3/18/14

North Carolina State Wolfpack (21-13) at Xavier Musketeers (21-12)

College Basketball: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 9:10 PM (University of Dayton Arena)

The Line: Xavier Musketeers -1.5 -- Over/Under: 142 See the Latest Odds

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The NC State Wolfpack and the Xavier Musketeers face off on Tuesday Night in Dayton in a NCAA Tournament play in game.

The North Carolina State Wolfpack looked to be on the bubble of making the field for the NCAA Tournament but their win over Syracuse in the ACC Tournament was apparently enough to land them in this game. NC State is 2-1 in neutral site games and 10-3 in non-conference games. T.J. Warren is the ACC Player of the Year and leader of the Wolfpack as he is averaging 24.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. Ralston Turner is averaging 10.2 points, Anthony “Cat” Barber is averaging 8.7 points, and Desmond Lee is averaging 8.4 points. NC State is averaging 70.8 points and shooting 45.9 percent while defensively they are allowing 69.5 points and they are shooting 42.4 percent. North Carolina State ran off four wins before falling to Duke in the ACC Tournament Semifinals.

NCAA Tournament Play In Xavier Musketeers vs. North Carolina State Wolfpack Pick, Odds, Prediction 3/18/14

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The Xavier Musketeers lost three of their last four games and while they looked like a lock to make the NCAA Tournament field they have ended up having to play their way in. Xavier is 10-3 in out of conference games and 2-4 in neutral site games. Semaj Christon leads the musketeers averaging 17.1 points per game. Justin Martin is averaging 11.8 points and 5.2 rebounds, Matt Stainbrook is averaging 10.4 points and 7.3 rebounds, and Isaiah Philmore is averaging 9.2 points and 5.0 rebounds. Xavier is averaging 72.2 points and they are shooting 47.1 percent while defensively they are allowing 67.9 points and their opponents are shooting 42.7 percent. Xavier is no stranger to March Madness.

NC State is 4-0 against the spread following a win, 21-7 against the spread in their last 28 neutral site games, and 5-0 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Xavier is 13-5 against the spread in their last 18 non-conference games, 2-5 against the spread against the ACC, and 4-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread. 

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