NC State marched into the Sweet 16 as a No. 11 seed and face a tough underdog role against No. Kansas in the Midwest Region.
And NC State has relished the underdog role, going 8-2 ATS past 10 games as dog. Overall, they are 7-0-1 ATS in their past 8 games overall, turning a tidy profit for their backers.
Kansas meanwhile has all the pressure here and wants a shot at North Carolina in the Midwest final.
It''s the most one-sided betting game of the Sweet 16 by far with nearly two thirds of bettors backing NC State. The best Kansas line was -8, -115 at BetOnline while 5Dimes had the best price for NC State backers.
The Jayhawks bring a 29-6 record (17-16-1 ATS) to this tilt against the 24-12 Wolfpack, who are 17-14-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Kansas go 13-20-1 so far and the Wolfpack go 19-13.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Jayhawks, most recently No. 8 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Wolfpack, who rate No. 33 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 82-75 victory for the Jayhawks.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Kansas's No. 39-ranked offense, averaging 74.4 PPG, against a Wolfpack defense that ranks No. 199 at 67.8 PPG. The Jayhawks field goal percentage has averaged 48% so far, more than the Wolfpack marksmen have achieved on the year, 46.3% per game.
Defensively, North Carolina State features the nation's No. 65-rated defense on the road, allowing 64.9 points per game. Kansas, meanwhile, comes in at No. 42 nationally in scoring at home.
North Carolina State was a 66-63 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Georgetown. They covered the 4-point spread as underdogs. The Wolfpack got 14 points from Scott Wood as North Carolina State ran past Georgetown 66-63 on Sunday at Nationwide Arena.
Last time out for Kansas, they were a 63-60 winner as they battled Purdue at home. They failed to cover in the match as an 8-point favorite. The Jayhawks grabbed a 63-60 win over the Boilermakers on Sunday, behind an 18 -point effort from Elijah Johnson at CenturyLink Center.