NC State @ Marquette 3/29/24 Free Pick, NCAAB Odds, NCAAB Predictions

NC State (24-14) at Marquette (27-9)

Game Info: Friday, March 29th, 2024 at  7:09 p.m. EST (American Airlines Center)

Betting Odds: Marquette -6.5 (-110) - Over/Under (151.5)

Pick: Marquette -6.5 (-110)

North Carolina State and Marquette will play here on Friday night for a trip to the elite eight. Both of these teams have put together quality seasons and now both of them will look to advance to the second weekend of the NCAA tournament. They have two of the hottest teams in the country over the last couple of weeks and now they will cross paths here in this one, and only one of them can continue their tournament journey. Meanwhile, one of them will go home after a hard fought game here on Friday night and this should be one of the best games of the second night of the sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. As both of these teams are coming off of competitive victories in the previous round, and they will look to win their third tournament game of the year with another quality performance here in this one on Friday.

North Carolina State comes into this game on a solid winning streak, and they are arguing the hottest team in the nation after winning the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. They have started off their NCAA tournament journey with a pair of victories, and they will look for a third consecutive victory here on Friday night against the Golden Eagles. Coming into the weekend there were three teams from North Carolina looking to advance to the elite eight. However, now North Carolina state will look to avoid the fate of North Carolina as they look to pull off the upset here on Friday night. 

The Wolfpack are coming into this game with 24 victories through their first 38 games of the season and they will look to use their solid offense and tough as nails defense to get the job done against a high scoring, highflying, Marquette team. North Carolina State is coming off of a gritty overtime victory against Oakland in the previous round and they will look to grab another hard victory here in this one as well. For the second time in this NCAA tournament, the Wolfpack will be the underdog in this third round game, and they will look to grab the victory as the underdog for the second time in the tournament as well. 

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Marquette has been one of the favorites to make a deep NCAA tournament run for the majority of the season. With a victory in this game they have the opportunity to achieve that goal. As it would put them in the elite eight if they can get the job done here on Friday night against North Carolina State. They have had one of the highest scoring offenses in the country this season, and they will look to put up another quality performance in this sweet 16 matchup against one of the hottest teams in the country. As the Marquette Golden Eagles, look to become the second Big East team to make it into the elite eight. They will potentially be joined by a third, as long as Creighton can get the job done against Tennessee later on in the night. 

Which means all three teams from the conference that was arguably snubbed a couple bids would make it into the elite eight this season. Marquette comes into this game with 27 victories through their first 36 games of the season. They will look for a third consecutive victory here on Friday night against North Carolina State as they look to advance in the NCAA tournament. If they are successful in picking up a victory in this game, it will be their first trip to the elite eight in 11 years having last made the journey back in 2013 and before that in 2003. which means they are on pace to average one elite eight appearance every 10 years or so. Which would put them in favorable odds to win this game alongside the fact that they are the betting favorites in this game on Friday night in Dallas.

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- Marquette is 19-7 after a win

- Marquette is 23-4 as a favorite 

- Marquette is 10-2 after 4+ days off 

I expect this to be a close, and competitive contest throughout the majority of the game on Friday night in Dallas. However, in the end I look for Marquette to pick up the victory against North Carolina State to advance to their first elite since 2013. Not only do I look for Marquette to pick up the victory over North Carolina State. I also look for them to cover the spread in the process. As I look for them to put the game away with some clutch free throws and clutch, shooting from their high flying offense. 

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