North Carolina State Wolfpack vs Kansas Jayhawks Pick, Prediction, and Odds
In one of our two Midwest Region Sweet 16 match-ups on Friday, we have one of the most talked about and storied college basketball programs in the country, matched up against a program that has completely left the college hoops world shocked to this point of the NCAA Tournament. The Kansas Jayhawks are almost always a popular pre-season pick to win the NCAA Tournament, and this year they have looked solid, including a victory in the round of 32 against another upset minded team in the Purdue Boilermakers. The Jayhawks earned a number two seed in this tournament thanks to their strong play throughout the year, but they won't have a walk on Friday night, March 23rd when they get the North Carolina State Wolfpack in St. Louis.
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The Wolfpack were literally the last team called on Selection Sunday, and the video of their name being announced is one that has gone viral on the internet. This team carried that excitement right into the first round when they just kept coming at a strong San Diego State team to beat them by 14. After that was when it got interesting, as the Wolfpack were definitely underdogs to the Georgetown Hoyas, but went on to win that game by three. The Wolfpack are led by first year head coach Mark Gottfried, who has already made incredible strides with this program. The match-up that many people are excited about here is between C.J. Leslie of NC State, and Thomas Robinson of Kansas, both of which have been the go-to players for their program this season.
Tip off for this game is set for 10:17pm, as it is the second game that will be played in the St. Louis region of the Sweet 16.
» Odds and Sports Betting Line
- NC State Wolfpack: +8
- Kansas Jayhawks: -8
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» Free Prediction
People seem to be split here about whether the Wolfpack can pull another upset, or if this is when their impressive run will come to an end. Regardless of what the outcome is, NC State is a team to watch moving forward. For me though, I think it really comes down to the fact that Kansas has quite a bit of experience and should come into this game prepared for whatever NC State is going to throw at them. I am expecting a very close game, and I think that it'll really come down to it when all is said and done, but that the Jayhawks are going to pull out a close two point victory.
Prediction: Kansas Jayhawks- 68 NC State Wolfpack- 66
» Free Pick
I'm definitely happy about being able to get this Wolfpack team at +8 going into the Sweet 16. They are playing with confidence that is scary right now, and they aren't scared of anyone in the country. It wouldn't surprise me to see the Wolfpack pull off the upset, but I'm definitely going to jump on the +8 for the Wolfpack at least. Look for CJ Leslie and point guard Lorenzo Brown to have big games for the Pack, and for them to get the cover.
Pick: NC State Wolfpack +8