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NCAA Tournament Picks: NC State Wolfpack vs. Temple Owls

Jeff GrantContributor IOctober 9, 2016

NCAA Tournament Picks: NC State Wolfpack vs. Temple Owls

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    The NC State Wolfpack are the only team in the country that has five players averaging 12 or more points per game, which is important to consider when making your NCAA basketball picks on Friday as they take on the Temple Owls at Dayton Arena.

    Sports bettors will find that the Wolfpack are four-point neutral-site favorites in the college basketball odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total sits at 149 in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at this second-round matchup in the 2013 NCAA basketball tournament from a betting perspective, while offering up an against-the-spread pick along the way. 

NC State Wolfpack

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    The NC State Wolfpack have won seven of their last 10 games, but they'll be looking to bounce back from an 81-71 defeat to the Miami Hurricanes as two-point neutral-site underdogs last Saturday.

    Sports bettors will find that the Wolfpack are 19-7 against the spread in their last 26 neutral-site games. 

Temple Owls

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    The Temple Owls have won seven of their last eight games, with the OVER going 6-2 in that span.

    Sports bettors will find that the Owls have gone 4-8-1 against the spread in March over the last two-plus seasons.  

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers back the NC State Wolfpack as one of their NCAA basketball picks on Friday, as they've covered the number in their last four games against Atlantic 10 Conference opponents.

    NCAA Basketball Pick: NC State Wolfpack -4

     

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