Texas Tech vs. NC State: NCAA Tournament First Round Betting Preview, Tips And Picks – March 21, 2024

Written By PlayPicks Staff on March 18, 2024

In the first round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday, the Texas Tech Red Raiders (23-10) will meet the NC State Wolfpack (22-14), with Pop Isaacs and DJ Horne the key players to watch. Tipoff at PPG Paints Arena will be at 9:40 PM ET. The Red Raiders square off with the Wolfpack in a game that Texas Tech is currently a favorite by 5 points. The matchup has an over/under of 146.5.

Texas Tech vs. NC State Betting Lines

Texas Tech vs NC State Betting Information
Favorite Spread Total
Texas Tech -5 146.5 points

Computer Picks

Spread Pick NC State (+5)
Total Pick Over (146.5)

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Texas Tech vs. NC State Stat Rankings

Texas Tech Avg. (Rank) NC State Avg. (Rank)
75.6 (114th) Points Scored 76.4 (97th)
69.3 (97th) Points Allowed 72.7 (207th)
(1st) Rebounds (1st)
9.0 (165th) Off. Rebounds 9.6 (115th)
8.5 (72nd) 3pt Made 7.1 (218th)
14.5 (93rd) Assists 12.6 (216th)
10.6 (117th) Turnovers 9.3 (27th)

Texas Tech vs. NC State Betting Trends

  • Against the spread, the Red Raiders are 15-17-1 this year.
  • Texas Tech’s ATS record as 5-point favorites or more is 6-8.
  • The Red Raiders have seen 19 of their 33 games hit the over.
  • In 15 games this year, Texas Tech and its opponent have combined to score more than 146.5 points.
  • Red Raiders games this season have posted an average total of 144.9, which is 1.6 points fewer than the total for this matchup.
  • NC State is 17-18-1 against the spread this season.
  • As 5-point underdogs or greater, the Wolfpack are 6-3-1 against the spread.
  • Texas Tech has played 33 games this season, and 19 of them have hit the over.
  • Wolfpack games have finished with over 146.5 points scored 23 times this season.
  • This season, NC State’s games have resulted in an average scoring total of 149.1, which is 2.6 points higher than the over/under for this matchup.

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Texas Tech Impact Players

  • Isaacs leads the Red Raiders at 15.9 points per contest, while also putting up 3.5 assists and 3.2 rebounds.
  • Darrion Williams leads his team in rebounds per contest (7.5), and also puts up 11.4 points and 2.3 assists. At the other end, he averages 1.2 steals and 0.3 blocked shots.
  • Joe Toussaint leads the Red Raiders at 4.2 assists per game, while also averaging 2.6 rebounds and 12.1 points.
  • Chance McMillian puts up 10.9 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists per contest. Defensively, he delivers 0.8 steals and 0.2 blocked shots.
  • Warren Washington posts a team-best 7.5 rebounds per game. He is also posting 9.9 points and 1.8 assists, shooting 62.0% from the field.

NC State Impact Players

  • Horne is No. 1 on the Wolfpack in scoring (16.9 points per game), and produces 3.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists. He also posts 1.3 steals and 0.1 blocked shots.
  • D.J. Burns is averaging 12.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game, making 51.7% of his shots from the field.
  • Jayden Taylor gets the Wolfpack 11.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per contest. He also averages 1.2 steals and 0.4 blocked shots.
  • The Wolfpack receive 11.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game from Casey Morsell.
  • Mohamed Diarra is posting a team-leading 7.4 rebounds per game. And he is contributing 6.0 points and 0.5 assists, making 46.9% of his shots from the floor.

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