NC State Wolfpack vs. Louisville Cardinals Betting Preview

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NC State Wolfpack vs. Louisville Cardinals Betting Preview

The total for this game is posted at 129.5.

NC State is rolling and while they are the betting underdog in tonight’s game they took out the top seed in the region in their last game beating Villanova. On top of that in their ACC match up with Louisville this season they beat the Cardinals and they beat them in their house.

In 2 of the last 3 seasons the Cardinals have made the Final 4 winning it all in 2013.

NC State is the 8th seed in the East Region and Louisville is the 4th seed.

NC State is 5-1 in their last 6 games.

Louisville did not end the regular season well losing 2 of their last 3 games. While they have won 2 straight to get to the Sweet 16 they have not faced a team from a major conference with wins over UC Irvine and Northern Iowa. On the other side of the coin NC State has 2 Big Dance wins over major conference teams in LSU and Villanova.

In their last games Louisville beat Northern Iowa 66-53 and NC State beat Villanova 71-68.

This East Region game is being held at a neutral site at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York.

NC State is at 17-13-2 ATS with an O/U record of 14-13 and Louisville is at 12-19-2 ATS with an O/U record of 12-17-1.

In the game earlier this season between these 2 teams the Wolfpack played great defense holding Louisville to a paltry FG% of 32.8%. Chris Jones was the leading scorer in the game for the Cardinals and he was dismissed from the team later in the season because of off-the-court issues.

Louisville is one of the more athletic teams in the nation and they have  solid defense. In the win over Northern Iowa they held them to 39% shooting from the floor and also forced 10 turnovers.

NC State’s top 3 scorer are guards in Trevor Lacey, Ralston Turner, who went 0-4 from the field for 4 points in the Villanova game, and Anthony Barber, who scored 21 points against Louisville earlier this season. One of the main reasons Louisville lost to NC State in the regular season is that they were dominated inside being outscored 32-16 in the paint.

Terry Rozier is the leading scorer for the Cardinals and in the win over Northern Iowa he scored 25 points. Maybe THE key player for Louisville in this game is FW Montrezl Harrell, who is the 2nd leading scorer and also leads the team in rebounds per game. His offense will be needed tonight, as well as his inside defense.

NC State Wolfpack vs. Louisville Cardinals Betting Trends

NC State is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall, 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record, and in their last 10 NCAA Tournament games the posted total has gone Under 10 times.

Louisville is 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS win, and in their last 14 games the Under record is 10-3-1.

Bus Man’s Pick:

I am going with NC State in this one, as I think this will be a close game and while they may not win they will keep it close and cover.

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