NC State @ North Carolina 3/16/24 Free Pick, NCAAB Odds, NCAAB Predictions

NC State (21-14) at North Carolina (27-6)

Game Info: Saturday, March 16th, 2024 at  8:30 p.m. EST (Capital One Arena)

Betting Odds: North Carolina -9 (-110) - Over/Under (152.5)

Pick: North Carolina -9 (-110)

Two of the top teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference will face off here on Saturday night in the finals of the conference tournament. This is a game that has the potential to have a major impact on the outcome of the NCAA tournament as North Carolina State is playing for an at-large bid, while North Carolina has virtually locked up their spot, regardless of what happens. A victory in this game for North Carolina State would secure them an automatic bid and steal a bid from another team on the bubble only one night away from selection Sunday. Which makes this game on Saturday night in the nations that much more important here in this one as two in-state rivals square off in the finals of the Atlantic coast conference tournament.

It has been a respectable season for North Carolina state, and they have put together a quality run in the conference tournament, which could very well secure them a spot in the NCAA tournament. They have the opportunity to eliminate all doubt with a victory here on Saturday night against North Carolina, and Washington DC and make sure they get an automatic bid to the tournament. They will need to get past a North Carolina team that has been red hot as of late and they look to be the favorites to win the conference after a strong final stretch of the season. 

North Carolina State has been pulling out victories by the skin of their teeth all season long and they will look to keep the momentum rolling throughout this game on Saturday night. As they look to claim their first conference tournament championship in over 40 years. North Carolina State comes into this game having won 21 of 35 on the year and they will look to grab their most important victory of the season with a quality performance here against the Tar Heels. North Carolina State comes into this game as winners of four consecutive games, including three in the last three days and a victory over other in-state rival Duke last night. 

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North Carolina will look to add yet another Atlantic Coast Conference tournament title to their already incredible trophy case. They will look to pick up a victory over their rivals North Carolina State here on Saturday night and grab the automatic bid to the NCAA tournament and improve their seeding in the process. Despite losing Caleb Love over the off-season of the transfer portal this North Carolina team has still been one of the best teams in the country thanks to Armando Bacot. Now they will look to keep the momentum rolling here on Saturday night against the Wolfpack. Regardless of the outcome of this game on Saturday night, it is very likely that North Carolina will already have a spot in the NCAA tournament carved out for them after their impressive regular season. 

North Carolina picked up 27 victories throughout the regular season and their two victories in the conference tournament. They will look for their 28th win of the season here on Saturday night in the most important game of the season as they look to clinch an automatic spot in the NCAA tournament and potentially eliminate North Carolina state in the process. North Carolina comes into the finals of this tournament with a pair of back-to-back victories against Pittsburgh and Florida State. Overall, they have won eight consecutive games in a row as they are one of the hottest teams in the country. At the moment they will look for a ninth consecutive win here in Washington DC on Saturday night.

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- NC State is 1-4 against ranked opponents 

- North Carolina is 25-5 as a favorite this season

- NC State is 5-10 as an underdog 

North Carolina comes into this game on Saturday night as the hottest team in the country and I look for that to continue throughout this contest. As I look for them to pick up a solid victory against North Carolina state here in this one and Crown themselves as Atlantic Coast Conference tournament champions. As I look for the Tar Heels to pull out to a solid lead early on in this game and for them to put this game away late in the second half with a huge run from RJ Davis and Armando Bacot. 

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