NC State dogs to Saint Louis: Midwest

After winning their play-in game and becoming a No. 12 seed, North Carolina State will next be in action on Thursday night in second-round action vs. No. 5 Saint Louis in the Midwest.

N.C. State defeated Xavier 74-59 in their First Four matchup on Tuesday night in Dayton, with T.J. Warren pouring in 25 points for the Wolfpack in the contest. Ralston Turner added 17 points for N.C. State as they rolled to that easy victory.

Saint Louis, an upset loser as a 5 seed a year ago, will try to avoid repeating history. They were favored by three points in early betting at Bovada with a total of 132 over at Bovada.

Odds Shark computer pick 70.9-64.3 Billikens

The Billikens sport a record of 26-6 and 10-19 ATS heading into this battle, while the Wolfpack have 22-13 and 20-12 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 10-19 for the Billikens and 18-14 for the Wolfpack.

View North Carolina State Wolfpack vs Saint Louis Billikens Odds and Stats.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 169-rated Billikens and the No. 177-ranked Wolfpack, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

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North Carolina State was a 74-59 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Xavier. They covered the 3.5-point spread as underdogs. North Carolina State got 25 points from T.J. Warren en route to a 74-59 victory over Xavier on Tuesday at University of Dayton Arena.

Saint Louis was a 71-68 loser in their most recent outing at home against St. Bonaventure. They failed to cover the 6.5-point spread as favorites. The Billikens endured a 71-68 loss at the hands of the Bonnies on Friday, despite a 21-point effort from Mike McCall Jr. at Barclays Center.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Wolfpack rank No. 164 in NCAA Division 1 with 34.17 per game. That compares with Saint Louis’s No. 77 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Saint Louis is college basketball's No. 167-ranked team at 5.66 per game, while the Wolfpack rate No. 243 with 4.46 per game.

 

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