North Carolina State vs. LSU - 3/19/15 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction
LSU (22-10) at NC State (20-13)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 19, 2015 9:20 PM (CONSOL Energy Center)
The Line: NC State -1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The LSU Tigers and North Carolina State Wolfpack play Thursday in the NCAA Tournament.
The LSU Tigers were the third best team in the SEC and have won five of their last eight. On the season, LSU is averaging 73.7 points on 45.6 percent shooting and is allowing 67.7 points on 40.1 percent shooting. Jarell Martin is averaging 16.9 points and 9.2 rebounds while Jordan Mickey is averaging 15.5 points and 9.8 rebounds. Keith Hornsby is grabbing 4.2 rebounds and Tim Quarterman is dishing 3.9 assists. The LSU Tigers have four double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 68.9 percent from the line and 33.9 percent from deep. Defensively, LSU is allowing 31.3 percent shooting from deep and has given up 73 or more points in three straight games.
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The North Carolina State Wolfpack were the sixth best team in the ACC and have won six of their last eight. On the season, NC State is averaging 70.4 points on 43.7 percent shooting and is allowing 65.4 points on 40.3 percent shooting. Trevor Lacey is averaging 15.8 points and 3.4 assists while Ralston Turner is averaging 13.2 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 six points, and they’re shooting 68.3 percent from the line and 36.1 percent from deep. Defensively, NC State is allowing 33.2 percent shooting from deep and has given up 70 or more points in three of its last six games.
The Tigers are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Wolfpack are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 NCAA Tournament games and 23-9-1 ATS in their last 33 neutral site games.
NC State has the advantage here on the offensive end and also has some bigs who can get dirty with LSU. Look for the Wolfpack to cover the small chalk and advance to the next round.