North Carolina State will be looking to pay off as the favorite on the NCAA Tournament betting lines on Friday as they take on Temple in an intriguing No. 8 vs. No. 9 matchup at the Big Dance.
The Wolfpack are 6-2 ATS in the NCAA Tournament since 2005, while the UNDER has gone 7-1 in their past eight contests in March Madness. Temple has been a poor option for bettors at the Big Dance, going 0-6-1 ATS in their last seven tourney games.
Supporters of the Owls have watched them go 23-9 and 14-16 ATS on the year, while the Wolfpack are at 24-10 and 17-13-2 ATS. In totals betting, the Wolfpack are 17-14-1, while the Owls have a 18-10 mark.
Bettors looking to side with North Carolina State in this one found them as 4-point favorites earlier in the day but was -4.5 Friday morning. Watch for line moves and updates at before gametime where the total was a high 149.5.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Wolfpack - Owls odds would favor the Wolfpack if the lines were set according to our power ranks. North Carolina State is rated No. 41 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Temple is at No. 110. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 80-77 win for the Wolfpack.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up North Carolina State's No. 12 nationally ranked offense (77.5 points per game) against a Owls defense that sits as the No. 212 at 68.1 PPG. The Wolfpack have been averaging 49.4% from the field, more than the Owls have managed so far this season (43% on average).
Defensively, Temple features the nation's No. 90-rated defense on the road, allowing 66.1 points per game. North Carolina State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 5 nationally in scoring at home.
Temple was a 79-74 loser in their most recent outing at home against Massachusetts. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as favorites. Temple suffered a 79-74 loss against Massachusetts on Friday, getting 19 points from Khalif Wyatt in a losing effort at Barclays Center.
In their last action, North Carolina State was an 81-71 loser on the road against Miami. They failed to cover the 2-point spread as underdogs. North Carolina State suffered an 81-71 loss against Miami on Saturday, getting 21 points from Scott Wood in a losing effort at Greensboro Coliseum.
Temple Owls Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
After playing Massachusetts are 7-3
After a loss are 8-2
North Carolina State Wolfpack Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
After playing Miami are 1-9
After a loss are 8-2
A few Owls at Wolfpack trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of North Carolina State's last 8 games
North Carolina State is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games