NC State vs Creighton Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/17/23

Creighton Bluejays (21-12) vs NC State Wolfpack (23-10)

Game Info: Friday, March 17, 2023 at 4:00 pm (Ball Arena)

Betting Odds: Creighton Bluejays -5.5 -- Over/Under: 148 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Creighton Bluejays and NC State Wolfpack face off on Friday in a college basketball showdown in the NCAA Tournament at the Pepsi Center. 

Creighton Betting Preview

Creighton comes into this game with a 21-12 record and they have gone 16-17 against the spread. In the last game against Xavier, Creighton looked really bad giving up 82 points on the way to the defeat. Two games ago against Villanova, they were able to secure an 87-74 victory. Creighton is averaging 76.6 points while their defense is giving up 68.5 points per game. Ryan Kalkbrenner has been the top player for Creighton averaging 15.4 points while shooting 71.4 percent from the field and 29.4 percent from behind the three point line. 

NC State Betting Preview’

On the other side of this matchup is NC State who sits with a 23-10 record overall and they have gone 16-15-2 against the spread. In the last game against Clemson, the offense only managed 54 points and that led to the 26 point defeat. Two games ago against Virginia Tech, NC State scored 97 points and ended up winning by 20 points. NC State is averaging 78.2 points while their defense is giving up 70.8 points per game. Terquavion Smith is averaging 17.5 points while shooting 37.7 percent from the field and 33.8 percent from behind the three point line. 

Creighton vs NC State Trends

NC State is 4-0 against the spread in their last four games following a straight up loss. The Bluejays are 6-1 against the spread in their last 7 games following a straight up loss of more than 20 points. The under is 4-0 in the Wolfpack’s last four games as an underdog. 

Shane’s Free Pick

NC State had to fight to get into the tournament, but I wouldn’t be shocked if they pull the upset here. This NC State offense is averaging 78.2 points per game and they are going to find success scoring again here. The Creighton offense is going to have no answer, and NC State is going to keep this game close. Back NC State against the spread. 

Shane’s Pick NC State +5.5

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