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NC State vs. Seton Hall - 3/15/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Seton Hall Pirates (21-11) vs. NC State Wolfpack (21-11)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 4:20 pm (INTRUST Bank Arena)

The Line: Seton Hall Pirates -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: TBS

The Seton Hall Pirates and NC State Wolfpack meet Thursday in the first round of the college basketball NCAA Tournament at the INTRUST Bank Arena.

The Seton Hall Pirates have split their last eight games, they have wins over Texas Tech, Creighton and Louisville. The Seton Hall Pirates are averaging 79 points on 46.9 percent shooting and allowing 73.3 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Desi Rodriguez is averaging 17.8 points and 4.9 rebounds while Myles Powell is averaging 15.4 points and 2.9 assists. Khadeen Carrington is the third double-digit scorer and Angel Delgado is grabbing 11.6 rebounds. The Seton Hall Pirates are shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 69.3 percent from the free throw line. The Seton Hall Pirates are allowing 33.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.2 rebounds per game. The Seton Hall Pirates have split their last four neutral site games.

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NC State vs. Seton Hall - 3/15/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The NC State Wolfpack enter the tournament winning eight of their last 12 games, but they ended things rough with a loss to Boston College in the ACC Tournament. The NC State Wolfpack are averaging 81.2 points on 47 percent shooting and allowing 74.5 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Allerik Freeman is averaging 15.4 points and 2.6 assists while Omer Yurtseven is averaging 13.8 points and 6.9 rebounds. Torin Dorn is the third double-digit scorer and Braxton Beverly is dishing four assists. The NC State Wolfpack are shooting 37.2 percent from beyond the arc and 70.1 percent from the free throw line. The NC State Wolfpack are allowing 31.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.7 rebounds per game. The NC State Wolfpack have lost three straight neutral site games.

The Wolfpack are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Pirates are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 NCAA Tournament games, 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 neutral site games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 8-2 in Pirates last 10 overall and the over is 7-2 in Wolfpack last 9 non-conference games. 

The NC State Wolfpack are one of those teams that will be dangerous in this tournament if they can control the pace, play at 100 miles per hour and score 80-plus points. The problem is the Seton Hall Pirates enjoy that tempo as well, as they have a top-70 offense and have scored 80 or more points in six of their last nine games. Seton Hall is also slightly better on the defensive end, and that's going to be key in a game that could see a combined 180 points. We just saw NC State give up 91 points in the ACC Tournament, and Seton Hall is a much more explosive club. I'm going to lay the bucket with the Pirates. 

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