The Kansas Jayhawks and the North Carolina St. Wolfpack will square off on Friday night with a birth to the Elite 8 on the line. Check out lines and totals for all sports by visiting our sponsor at Oddsmaker sportsbook.
NC State was a team who was a bubble team and only made the tourney as an at-large after finishing the season on a bit of a tear including a close loss to North Carolina in the ACC Tournament. The offensive game for the Wolfpack has been steady all season, it just took a while for their defensive play to pick up. In the last seven games the Wolfpack defense has shined, especially in their last tourney win vs. Georgetown. The offense had an off day, but the defense picked them up in a big way. They held G’Town to just 8 of 25 shooting from 3-point land. NC State’s offense was paced by them hitting 7 threes of their own and grabbing 17 offensive rebounds as well. Four players scored in double digits for the Wolfpack including Scott Wood, CJ Leslie, and CJ Williams who all had 14 points apiece.
The Jayhawks on the other hand cruised to the Big 12 crown, but came into the tourney off of a loss at the hands to the Baylor Bears in the Big 12 Tournament. It seems as though that loss has Kansas focused and they seem primed and ready heading into this one. Kansas survived a late game scare from Purdue who had a chance to tie the game on the last possession of regulation, failed to do so, and because of that Kansas finds themselves in the Sweet 16. They held the Boliermakers to 34% shooting and grabbed a staggering 21 offensive rebounds in the win. Elijah Johnson led the Jayhawks with 18 points and player of the year candidate Thomas Robinson chipped in with 11.
Kansas clearly has the advantage both inside and in terms of total talent on their roster. What are the odds of Kansas having such poor offensive outings back-to-back? Probably not very good. We like Kansas here, especially if NC State shoots as poorly as they did in their last game to bet at online sportsbooks.