A first-round matchup in the 2023 NCAA Tournament has the No. 6 seed Creighton Bluejays and the No. 11 seed NC State Wolfpack squaring off on Friday afternoon. This will be the third overall contest between these schools. The last game took place in 2016, where Creighton won 112-94. NC State was last in the tournament in 2018, where they lost in the second round to Seton Hall. On the other side, Creighton is playing in their third straight NCAA Tournament.
Tipoff from Ball Arena in Denver is set for 4 p.m. ET. The Bluejays are 5.5-point favorites in the latest NC State vs. Creighton odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under for total points scored is 148.5. Before locking in any NC State vs. Creighton, picks, be sure to check out the college basketball predictions and March Madness betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on NC State vs. Creighton and just locked in its picks and CBB predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the college basketball odds and betting lines for NC State vs. Creighton:
- NC State vs. Creighton: Bluejays -5.5
- NC State vs. Creighton over/under: 148.5 points
- NC State vs. Creighton money line: Bluejays -240, Wolfpack +200
- NCST: Wolfpack are 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a straight-up loss
- CREI: Bluejays are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 neutral site games
- NC State vs. Creighton picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why Creighton can cover
Sophomore guard Trey Alexander is a solid three-level scorer for the Bluejays. Alexander owns a quick release with good range on the outside. The Oklahoma native is averaging 13.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, and shoots 44% on 3-point attempts. In the March 1 win over Georgetown, Alexander finished with 25 points and four assists, while knocking down 7 3-pointers.
Sophomore forward Arthur Kaluma is a good athlete who has long arms. Kaluma plays downhill to attack the paint and be a stout rebounder. The Arizona native cleans the glass well and holds his own against taller players. He logs 11.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per contest. In the Feb. 25 game…
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