North Carolina St. Wolfpack vs. Kansas Jayhawks
March Madness continues as the North Carolina State Wolfpack and the Kansas Jayhawks meet on Friday in St. Louis in a Sweet 16 matchup with the winner going to the Elite 8. The Jayhawks are -8 point favorites over the Jayhawks with an over/under point total set at 141.5.
The North Carolina State Wolfpack didn’t look like contenders for most of the season but mark Gottfried’s team has caught fire just at the right time. NC State has won six of their last seven games including wins over San Diego State and Georgetown in the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament. Against Georgetown C.J. Leslie had 14 points and eight rebounds, Scoot Wood and C.J. Williams had 14 points each, and Lorenzo Brown had 12 points, six rebounds, and seven assists. As a team the Wolfpack shot 37 percent from the floor, 46.7 percent from beyond the three point arc, and 61.3 percent from the free throw line. NC State is 6-2 in neutral site games, 2-8 against teams ranked in the top 25, and they have played the 24th ranked schedule in the nation. Though a month ago most people wouldn’t have figured NC State would be a factor by the time this week rolled around the Wolfpack had different thoughts and they are very much playing like it.
The Kansas Jayhawks didn’t get a number one seeding in the NCAA Tournament but Bill Self’s team is looking for a chance to show that it doesn’t really matter one the games start. KU had no problem against Detroit in their opening game but then needed to rally from behind against Purdue in round two. Against Purdue Elijah Johnson had 18 points, Thomas Robinson had 11 points and 13 rebounds, and Tyshawn Taylor and Travis Releford had 10 points each. As a team the Jayhawks shot just 33.9 percent from the floor, hit just 25 percent of their three point attempts, and shot 65.2 percent from the free throw line. For the season Kansas is 5-4 in neutral site games and they played the 20th ranked schedule in the nation. Kansas has had their share of success and failure sin the NCAA Tournament in recent years and they are looking to add 2012 to the years of success.
NC State is 7-0-1 against the spread in their last eight games overall, 5-0 against the spread in their last five games as a neutral site underdog, and 5-2 against the spread in their last seven NCAA Tournament games. Kansas is 2-5 against the spread following a win, 1-4 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 5-1 against the spread following a game which they didn’t cover.
The total in this one is set at 141.5 and this doesn’t look right to me as I have this in the low 130’s so it’s a clear play to the under.