NC State vs Kansas Picks, Spread, and Review


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NC State (24-12 SU/17-14-1 ATS) knocked off Georgetown 66-63 on Sunday as +4½ point underdogs. Lorenzo Brown made three key free throws in the final 10.6 seconds, lifting the 11th-seeded NC State Wolfpack over the third-seeded Georgetown Hoyas in a third round Midwest Regional matchup.

Brown ended with 12 points, seven assists and six rebounds for the Wolfpack, which was coming off a 79-65 win over sixth-seeded San Diego State in their first game of the tournament. C.J. Leslie, Scott Wood and C.J. Williams added 14 points apiece for NC State, who are heading back to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2005.

NC State went 19-of-31 from the foul line, while the Hoyas went 13-of-17 from the charity stripe; and the Wolfpack outrebounded Georgetown by a 41-33 margin. The Wolfpack beat Connecticut in 2005 to reach the Sweet 16, before losing to Wisconsin.

Kansas (29-6 SU/18-15-1 ATS) got past Purdue on Sunday in a 63-30 win as -8 point favorites.

Elijah Johnson grabbed a steal and drove the length of the court for the game-winning layup with 23.3 seconds remaining as Kansas came from behind to stun a Purdue squad that led most of the game. Johnson finished with a team-high 18 points, Travis Releford and Tyshawn Taylor contributed 10 apiece and Thomas Robinson donated 11 while grabbing 13 rebounds for the second-seeded Jayhawks, which will compete in the Sweet Sixteen for the second consecutive year.

Kansas had a 12-0 advantage in fast-break points and a 44-36 rebounding edge; and also held Purdue to 28.6 percent in the second half after the Boilers shot 54.5 percent in the first 20 minutes.

NC State is 15-4 ATS on a neutral court and 47-27 ATS in tournament games (14-4 last 18 tourney games). NC State is also 17-8 ATS against winning teams and 11-5 ATS in March, including 6-0 ATS this March.

Kansas is 6-9 ATS against ACC teams, but #2 seeds are 13-5 ATS in the Sweet Sixteen when facing an opponent off a SU win as an underdog.

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