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North Carolina State vs. Villanova - 3/21/15 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

North Carolina State Wolfpack (21-13) at Villanova Wildcats (33-2)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 7:10 pm (Consol Energy Center)

The Line: Villanova Wildcats -9.5 -- Over/Under: 139 See the Latest Odds

TV: TBS

The North Carolina State Wolfpack and Villanova Wildcats play Saturday in the NCAA Tournament.

The North Carolina State Wolfpack have won five of their last seven and are coming off a win over LSU. On the season, NC State is averaging 70.3 points on 43.7 percent shooting and is allowing 65.4 points on 40.3 percent shooting. Trevor Lacey is averaging 15.6 points and 3.5 assists while Ralston Turner is averaging 13.1 points and 3.3 rebounds. Anthony Barber is the third double-digit scorer and Kyle Washington is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The North Carolina State Wolfpack have five players averaging at least 6.2 points, and they’re shooting 68.4 percent from the line and 35.6 percent from deep. Defensively, NC State is allowing 33.2 percent shooting from deep and has given up 65 or less points in seven of its last 10 games.

North Carolina State vs. Villanova - 3/21/15 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Villanova Wildcats have lost in two months and is coming off a win over Lafayette. On the season, Villanova is averaging 76.7 points on 47.5 percent shooting and is allowing 60.6 points on 40.5 percent shooting. Darrun Hilliard II is averaging 13.9 points and 2.2 assists while Josh Hart is averaging 10.3 points and 4.5 rebounds. Ryan Arcidiacono is dishing 3.6 assists and JayVaughn Pinkston is grabbing 5.4 rebounds. The Villanova Wildcats have four double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 72.6 percent from the line and 39.2 percent from deep. Defensively, Villanova is allowing 30.6 percent shooting from deep and has given up 61 or less points in four straight games.

The Wolfpack are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games and 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games following a ATS loss. The Wildcats are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games and 46-18 ATS in their last 64 games overall. 

I actually like North Carolina State to win this game outright, as the Wolfpack have the scoring and the bigs that matchup well with Villanova. However, just to be safe, I'm siding with the points. Don't sleep on NC State. 

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North Carolina State Wolfpack +9.5

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