North Carolina State vs. Louisville - 3/27/15 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction
North Carolina State Wolfpack (22-13) at Louisville Cardinals (26-8)
College Basketball: Friday, March 27, 2015 at 7:37 pm (Carrier Dome)
The Line: Louisville Cardinals -2.5 -- Over/Under: 130 See the Latest Odds
The North Carolina State Wolfpack and Louisville Cardinals play Friday in the NCAA Tournament.
The North Carolina State Wolfpack have won five of their last six and are coming off a win over Villanova. On the season, NC State is averaging 70.3 points on 43.7 percent shooting and is allowing 65.5 points on 40 percent shooting. Trevor Lacey is averaging 15.7 points and 3.5 assists while Ralston Turner is averaging 12.8 points and 3.3 rebounds. Anthony Barber is the third double-digit scorer and Kyle Washington is grabbing 4.2 rebounds. The North Carolina State Wolfpack have five players averaging at least 6.4 points, and they’re shooting 68.6 percent from the line and 35.4 percent from deep. Defensively, NC State is allowing 33.1 percent shooting from deep and has given up 68 or less points in seven of its last 10 games.
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The Louisville Cardinals have won six of their last eight and are coming off a win over Northern Iowa. On the season, Louisville is averaging 68.8 points on 42.9 percent shooting and is allowing 59.2 points on 39 percent shooting. Terry Rozier is averaging 17.2 points and three assists while Montrezl Harrell is averaging 15.4 points and 9.2 rebounds. Wayne Blackshear is the third double-digit scorer and Chinanu Onuaku is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The Louisville Cardinals have four players averaging at least 3.8 points, and they’re shooting 66.7 percent from the line and 30.8 percent from deep. Defensively, Louisville is allowing 29.5 percent shooting from deep and has given up 59 or less points in six of its last eight games.
The Wolfpack are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 NCAA Tournament games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Cardinals are 25-10 ATS in their last 35 neutral site games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
North Carolina State beat Louisville earlier this year on the road. You guys know I've been high on the Wolfpack this season, as I even called this upset last week against Villanova. I like NC State to get the job done here once again, as the Cardinals aren't deep enough offensively to hang with the Wolfpack. Look for NC State to win this game outright.