Date/Time: March 20, 2014, 7:20 p.m. EST
College Basketball Betting Odds from Bovada
Line: St Louis -3
The official start of the 2014 NCAA Tournament is on Thursday but for a few teams it has already begun. The North Carolina State WolfPack had to take down the Xavier Musketeers in the “First Four” round to move on to this game to take on the St. Louis Bilikens. With one win under their belt the WolfPack hope to be up to the challenge of doing the impossible and making a deep run into the tournament as a team that started with a play in game.
The latest 2014 NCAA Tournament college basketball odds for this game opened up with St. Louis listed as (-3) point favorites. This line is very small considering that the Billikens were a team that made the big dance and the WolfPack had to get a victory before joining the rest of the field. The early betting consensus favors the WolfPack as over 75 percent of the early college basketball wagering action is taking North Carolina State to continue their winning ways. The latest betting line for this game can be found as low as (-2.5) at several of the top rated online sportsbooks.
St. Louis could be the coldest team in the tourney. The A-10 regular season champs dropped four of their final five, including a home loss to a 13-17 Duquesne team and a quarterfinal defeat to ninth-seeded St. Bonaventure in the league tournament. This is not a good look for a team that wants to go deep in the tourney.
The latest 2014 NCAA Tournament college basketball betting trends for this game reveal that the WolfPack have the edge when it comes to wagering angles for this game. The Wolfpack are 5-0 against the spread (ATS) in their last 5 games when playing against a team with a winning percentage above .600, 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games when they face a team with a winning straight up record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 NCAA Tournament games. The Billikens are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games when they play against a team with a winning percentage above .600, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games when they play against a team with a winning straight up record and 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
NortH Carolina has a quick turnaround as they have to travel from the Midwest to Orlando, Florida to take on Saint Louis, but they will be ready to go for this big game. The Billikens are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games and the Wolfpack are 35-17 ATS in their last 52 neutral site games. St. Louis is not playing very good basketball at the moment and the end result will be an early exit for St. Louis as the WolfPack move on in the tournament.
Free Pick: North Carolina State WolfPack +3
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