Betting On NC State And Burns Jr. To Stay Hot

  • NC State has +1400 odds to win March Madness entering the Final Four and have won nine straight.
  • Burns Jr. has averaged over 18 PPG during the tournament and has -135 to score over 14.5 vs Purdue.

DALLAS – The NC State men’s basketball team has not lost a game since before the ACC Tournament and have the third-longest odds to win it all. In order to make the championship game for the first time since 1983, the Wolfpack will have to take down Zac Edey and the favored Purdue Boilermakers.

  • Moneyline: NC State +370/Purdue -510
  • Spread: NC State +9.5/Purdue -9.5
  • Total: Over 146.0/Under 146.0

The Wolfpack have gone 3-0-1 ATS so far in March Madness and Purdue has gone 4-0. When playing as the favorite over the season, Purdue has covered in 54.6% of games.

Odds To Win March Madness

  • Connecticut (#1) -210
  • Purdue (#1) +210
  • NC State (#11) +1400
  • Alabama (#4) +1600

Connecticut is the outright favorite to win the 2024 men’s college basketball championship and is looking to become the eighth team to win back to back tournaments. NC State has the third longest odds (+1400) at March Madness sportsbooks but the team is used to playing and winning as the underdog.

NC State won the ACC this year with +4000 odds entering the tournament and made the Final Four after opening with +15000 odds to win March Madness this year. They were the underdog in three of their four March Madness tournament games played (only favored over Oakland).

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Betting On DJ Burns Jr.

A large part of the success of NC State is due to the rise of DJ Burns Jr. in must win games. During the regular season, Burns Jr. averaged just over 12 points per game. He averaged 15.2 during the ACC Tournament and is averaging over 18 points per game so far in March Madness tournament games.

For the Final Four matchup against Purdue, Burns. Jr. will likely be guarded by Zac Edey. Purdue’s center has at least five inches over Burns Jr. and is one of the tournament's better defenders. This has led to USA online sportsbooks lowering his points total under his tournament averages.

Burns Jr. Points Total

  • Over 14.5 -135
  • Under 14.5 -105

However, Burns Jr. had no issues being guarded by Kyle Filipowski in the Elite Eight game against Duke. Filipowski has been a good defender for the Blue Devils but could not stop Burns, as he scored a season-high 29 points.