Georgetown Hoyas vs. North Carolina St. Wolfpack
The Georgetown Hoyas and the NC State Wolfpack face off in the NCAA Tournament with a trip to the Sweet 16 going to the winner. The Hoyas are -4 point favorites over the Wolfpack with an over/under point total set at 132.
Many expected the Georgetown Hoyas to face a stiff test in round one with their match up against Belmont and if it was a test then John Thompson III’s team passed the test with flying colors. The close battle never developed as Georgetown led by nine points at the half and then extended the lead in second half as they coasted to a 15 point win. Jason Clark scored 21 points, Otto Porter had 16 points and eight rebounds, Henry Sims had 15 points and five assists. The Hoyas shot a blistering 61.2 percent from the floor, 41.7 percent from beyond the three point arc, and they shot 69.2 from the free throw line. Georgetown was ranked all season and played the 12th ranked schedule in the country so they ae battle tested and ready.
The NC State Wolfpack were an afterthought as they were closing out February and heading into March but Mark Gottfried’s team rallied to win five of their last six games as they got hot just at the right time. The Wolfpack looked to be in a good match up with San Diego State in the first round but NC State took what was a four point halftime lead and turned it into a decisive 14 point win. Richard Howell had 22 points, Lorenzo Brown had 17 points nine rebounds, and eight assists, C.J. Leslie had 15 points, and Richard Howell had 10 points. As a team the Wolfpack shot 58.5 percent from the floor, 33.3 percent from beyond the three point arc, and they hit 66.7 percent of their free throws. The Wolfpack showed in the ACC Tournament that they aren’t going to back down from anyone and don’t look for them to be backing down from the Hoyas in this spot.
Georgetown is 4-0-1 against the spread in their last five games against the ACC, 4-9 against the spread following a win, and 16-5 against the spread in their last 21 neutral site games. NC State is 6-0 against the spread in their last six neutral site games, 4-0 against the spread in their last four non-conference games, and 6-0 against the spread following a win.
The total is set at 132 and I see this one eclipsing that number so my pick will be on the over.