NCAA Basketball Picks: Miami vs. N.C. State

Jeff Grant

Thursday, March 13, 2014 1:51 PM GMT

NC State Wolfpack forward T.J. Warren earned ACC Player of the Year honors for his efforts during the regular season, which makes his team a dangerous underdog against the Miami Hurricanes Thursday. Let’s take a closer look at the NCAA basketball odds for this second round matchup, with the opening tip scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Survive and advance

Miami took its first step in trying to win this event and land a spot in the upcoming NCAA Tournament, as it picked up a 57-53 victory over the Virginia Tech Hokies as 7.5-point favorites Wednesday.

The Hurricanes rely heavily on their guards to provide offense, as that group combines to score 39.4 points per game, while their five forwards total 21.0 points per outing.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 9-5 SU and 6-8 ATS when playing on a neutral floor.

Coming in with some momentum

NC State closed out its regular season schedule with back-to-back wins, including a 78-68 victory over the Boston College Eagles as 6.5-point home favorites Sunday, while going OVER the betting total for a sixth consecutive contest.

Wolfpack star T.J. Warren scored 83 points on 30-of-45 shooting from the floor over that span, as he enters this event as the top scorer among all players in the Power 5 conferences.

College basketball handicappers will find that the squad is 9-6 SU and 11-4 ATS in tournament play since the start of the 2011-12 campaign.

Series history

The Hurricanes are 7-10 SU all-time against the Wolfpack, as each team picked up a win on the road during the regular season.

It’s important to point out that the underdog is 7-1-1 ATS in the last nine meetings in this series, while the OVER is on a 5-1 run.

Take a look at a comparison of NCAAB Championship Odds

No. 7 seed

The Wolfpack have compiled a 67-50 SU record in this event, but they’ve dropped five of seven opportunities when playing as the No. 7 seed.

NC State has advanced to the semifinals of the ACC Tournament in each of head coach Mark Gottfried’s first two seasons in Raleigh.

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Wolfpack as one of their NCAA basketball picks, as Warren scored 47 combined points in two meetings against the Hurricanes during the regular season.

Pick: NC State Wolfpack +2

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