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What time does the North Carolina at NC State game start?

The North Carolina Tar Heels (6-5, 3-4 ACC) head to Raleigh, N.C., to take on the No. 24 NC State Wolfpack (8-3, 5-2) Friday at Carter-Finley Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the North Carolina at NC State odds and lines, and make our expert college football picks, predictions and bets.

What are the recent trends in NC State and North Carolina betting?

The recent trends are in NC State’s favor. It has covered in three of its last four games, while North Carolina is 1-5 ATS over its last six. But UNC has faced some tough competition recently with games against No. 17 Pittsburgh (23-30 loss in OT), No. 21 Wake Forest (58-55 win), and No. 5 Notre Dame (44-34 loss).

How good is NC State’s defense against the pass?

While NC State fields a strong defense, it’s been less stout against the pass this year (213.1 yards per game, 45th nationally) and gave up 290 yards passing to Wake Forest QB Sam Hartman two weeks ago. Given Leary’s recent hot streak and Howell’s return, expect plenty of points.

Is Sam Howell ready for UNC football game?

North Carolina star QB Sam Howell missed last week’s game, a 34-14 win over Wofford, but is expected to be ready for this one. UNC will certainly need him, as Howell has been the driver behind the offense’s 37.0 points per game (11th nationally) compared to a defense that’s giving up over 400 yards per game.

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NC State vs. Colorado State Predictions

The opening spread for this Thursday night’s NIT quarterfinal tilt has been set as a PICK with the betting line for the total set at 147 points. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. (ET) at Comerica Center.


Handicapping NC State vs. Colorado State

As one of the stronger teams in the Mountain West this season, the Rams faced some stiff competition with the likes of Utah State and San Diego State on the schedule. Their issue was playing away from home with a 4-7 SU record in 11 road games this season.


Betting Stats & Analysis – NC State Wolfpack

The Wolfpack are 6-1 SU and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games. They slip to 2-5 SU in their last seven games played on a Thursday. They were 1-2-1 ATS in four previous neutral-site games.


Betting Stats & Analysis – Colorado State Rams

Colorado State went 7-2 SU over its last nine games but it falls to 3-9-1 against the spread in its last 13 games in March. It was 2-1 SU and ATS in three neutral-site games this season.


Key Players to Watch

Guard David Roddy has been the Rams’ top scorer this season with 16.1 points per game. He scored 17 points with eight rebounds in Friday’s NIT opener. Isaiah Stevens added 14 points with nine assists to pace that win.


2021 NIT Tournament Team Results

The Rams tripped up Buffalo 75-73 in the NIT opener as two-point favorites on the closing line. The total stayed UNDER 153.5 points.


Colorado State vs. N.C. State Odds

Click here for Saturday’s NIT semifinal preview between Colorado State and Memphis.


N.C. State Wolfpack

N.C. State has reached the NIT quarterfinals despite losing leading-scorer Devon Daniels (16.5 PPG, 5.2 RPG) to an ACL tear in late January. The Wolfpack rallied to end the regular season, winning five consecutive games.


Betting Analysis & Pick

Neither team holds an against the spread advantage. Colorado State is 12-10-1 ATS with N.C. State holding a similar 11-11-2 record. In the end, I trust Medved’s offense more than N.C. State’s, and love taking points with the Rams’ backcourt depth.


Money line

Expect a tight game given the rivalry, NC State’s success at home and UNC’s ability to score points with Howell back under center.


Against the spread

The recent trends are in NC State’s favor. It has covered in three of its last four games, while North Carolina is 1-5 ATS over its last six.

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