Villanova was a 22-point favorite in its opener against No. 16 Lafayette. The top-seeded Wildcats won by 41.
It set up a third round matchup against No. 8 seed N.C. State, which squeaked by No. 9 LSU on a last-second shot.
‘Nova opened as a 9-point favorite and now most oddsmakers have it at 9.5.
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Villanova-N.C. State Point Spread
Villanova … +9.5
N.C. State … -9.5
Villanova is 24-9 against the spread, while N.C. State is 16-14-1.
Villanova is 8-2 ATS in the past 10, N.C. State 7-3.
N.C. State has covered 8 straight as underdogs of 9 or more points.
No. 1 seeds are 7-1 ATS in their past 8 games vs. 8 seeds.
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Villanova-N.C. State Over-Under
Over-Under … 139
Villanova is 15-19-1 vs. the over-under, N.C. State is 13-14.
In Villanova’s past 10 games, the OVER has won 5 times with 1 PUSH.
In N.C. State’s past 10, the UNDER has won 6 times.
Villanova-N.C. State Odds to Win the Tournament
N.C. State … 200/1
Villanova … 10/1
Villanova has lowest odds of all the No. 1 seeds to win it all, yet the Wildcats were the most impressive in the opening games.
N.C. State overcame a big deficit to pull out a last-second win. Exciting, yes, but with the Wolfpack at 200/1, it’s not likely they’ll be winning the tournament. Though, Jim Valvano and the 1983 N.C. State team wasn’t supposed to either.
No. 1 Villanova (33-2) vs. No. 8 N.C. State (21-13)
NCAA Tournament Round of 32
CONSOL Energy Center – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
7:10 p.m. Eastern
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