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North Carolina State vs. Marquette: Picks, Predictions, Odds and Player Props

The last 16 round of the men's tournament concludes on Friday, and one matchup that is drawing a lot of attention is North Carolina State against Marquette.

Both squads have plenty of momentum heading into this game.

North Carolina State stunned Texas Tech in the first round of the tournament and then was matched up against Oakland in the second round. As for Marquette, the Golden Eagles have defeated Western Kentucky and Colorado to get to this point.

Here’s a preview of the matchup and our expert picks for the game.

North Carolina State vs. Marquette betting picks and predictions

Marquette -6.5

The Golden Eagles were one of the best college basketball teams in the country this season. Coming into this game, Marquette has won 16 of their last 20 games.

The only four losses they have suffered in that time were against UConn three times and Creighton once.

Marquette has had a tough schedule and besides those few losses to elite teams the Golden Eagles have been fantastic and with Tyler Kolek back in the lineup, they look incredibly dangerous.

DJ Burns Jr. and the NC State Wolfpack have been quite the story in the tournament this season.

NC State completed the upset against Texas Tech in the first round as they won 80-67 which earned them a matchup against Oakland in the next round.

Jack Gohlke did his best to keep Oakland alive as NC State didn’t do a great job at defending the perimeter, but the Wolfpack were able to sneak by.

However, Marquette is the much stronger team in every aspect, so back the Golden Eagles.

Under 151

Marquette has had a strong offense all season long, but the Golden Eagles also have an above-average defense to go with it.

In both of their games in the tournament Marquette scored at least 80 points.

The Golden Eagles are expected to score at least 70 points in Friday's matchup against NC State, but the key factor in the game will be Marquette’s defense against NC State’s balanced offense.

The key to stopping the Wolfpark is limiting Burns Jr. in the paint. The physical big man has shone in the tournament so far, but David Joplin and Oso Ighodaro should be able to double team him and limit his action near the basket.

That will put more pressure on to DJ Horne and Michael O'Connell on the perimeter. If the Wolfpack can’t stay in the game with their three-point shots, the game could get out of hand quickly.

For that reason, the under is the pick in Friday’s game.

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North Carolina State vs. Marquette odds

North Carolina State

+230 ML

Marquette

-285 ML

Spread

Marquette -6.5

Total

O/U 151

North Carolina State vs. Marquette player props

Player points

Tyler Kolek (MAR)

O/U 17.5

Kam Jones (MAR)

O/U 18.5

DJ Horne (NCST)

O/U 16.5

DJ Burns Jr. (NCST)

O/U 14.5

David Joplin (MAR)

O/U 12.5

Oso Ighodaro (MAR)

O/U 13.5

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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