NC State vs Texas Tech Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/21/24

Texas Tech (23-10) vs NC State (22-14)

Game Info: Thursday, March 21, 2024 at 9:40 pm (PPG Paints Arena)

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The Texas Tech Red Raiders and the NC State Wolfpack will meet in the 1st Round of the Midwest Region this Thursday in Pittsburgh at the PPG Paints Arena on CBS. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a N.C. State vs. Texas Tech Prediction.

  • North Carolina State’s recent form and recent player performance 
  • Texas Tech’s recent form and recent player performance
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving N.C. State
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Texas Tech
  • Recent betting trends in games played between N.C. State vs Texas Tech 
  • A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for Today’s Game between North Carolina State vs Texas Tech.

North Carolina State Preview: Will the Wolfpack Provide More Sparks?

NC State enters at 21-14 after defeating North Carolina in the ACC Championship, 84-76. The Wolfpack completed the mission by taking down the Tar Heels to earn an invite to the Dance, and they’ll attempt to bring that momentum into Pittsburgh. North Carolina State is scoring 76.4 points per game, on 45% shooting, while allowing 72.4 ppg, and they’re 8-2 over their previous ten games. 

NC State Team Profile

  • ASU transfer DJ Horne came thru with a team-high 29 points in the win over North Carolina, and he leads NC State in scoring (16.8).
  • Former Winthrop forward D.J. Burns revved things up with 49 points combined in victories over UVA and UNC, and he’s averaging 12.4 ppg and 4.2 rpg. 
  • Junior forward Mohamed Diarra has complimented Burns well up front down the stretch, and after grabbing 14 boards or more in three of the last four games, he leads the Pack in rebounding (7.4), while scoring 5.4 ppg.
  • Indianapolis native Jayden Taylor cooled off at the ACC Tournament, but he’s still second on the team at 12.4 ppg. 

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Texas Tech Preview: Can the Red Raiders Evade Elimination?

Texas Tech comes in 23-10 after falling to Houston in the Big 12 Semifinals, 82-59. The Red Raiders were bullied by the Cougars, and they’ll look to show more fight here against the Wolfpack. TTU is scoring 75.6 points per game, on 45.4% shooting, while allowing 69.3 ppg, and they’re 8-2 over their previous ten games. 

Texas Tech Team Profile

  • Sophomore guard Pops Isaacs tallied 19 points or more in three straight games prior to the Houston matchup, and he leads Texas Tech in scoring (16.9).  
  • Veteran guard Joe Toussaint went for a team-high 18 points in the Baylor matchup, and he still leads the team in assists (4.2), while scoring 12.7 ppg.   
  • Former GCU guard Chance McMillan has scored 15 points or more in three straight games, and he’s averaging an identical 10.3 ppg. 

N.C. State Wolfpack Team Facts

  • NCST has hit the Team Total Over in 24 of their last 35 games
  • NC State has hit the 1H Game Total Over in 10 of their last 15 games

Texas Tech Red Raiders Team Facts

  • TTU has hit the Team Total Over in 22 of their last 30 games
  • Texas Tech has hit the Game Total Over in 19 of their last 30 games

North Carolina State vs Texas Tech Trends

  • NCST is 17-18-1 against the spread, with a 21-14-1 O/U record
  • TTU is 15-17-1 ATS, with a 19-14 over/under record.

N.C. State vs Texas Tech Prediction:

North Carolina State just ripped off one of best stretches of conference tournament play ever, and it’s hard to look away from their momentum coming into this spot with Texas Tech. The Red Raiders are a quick team, but a lack of size may hurt them here against the Wolfpack frontcourt. Both schools thrive on the offensive end, so the Over will be an option here, but let’s trust what N.C. State’s got brewing here in round one, and spot them the points this Thursday.

Corey’s Pick N.C. State TO COVER

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