NC State Wolfpack vs Marquette Golden Eagles Preview, Prediction, and Odds | March 29, 2024

Marquette Golden Eagles vs NC State Wolfpack

has The NC State Wolfpack (24-14, 9-11) face the Marquette Golden Eagles (27-9, 14-6) in the Sweet 16 for the right to advance to the Elite Eight in Dallas, Texas. Both teams are very offense-focused, but one was expected to be here in Marquette, while NC State is on a magical run and is the last Cinderella remaining.

Can the NC State Wolfpack keep their dream alive or will the Marquette Golden Eagles keep their great season going?

NC State Wolfpack vs Marquette Golden Eagles Betting Odds

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Team

Spread

Total

MoneyLine

 NC State Wolfpack

+7

-108

O 151

-108

+250

Marquette Golden Eagles

-7

-112

U 151

-112

-310

**Odds Courtesy of DraftKings**

NC State Wolfpack vs Marquette Golden Eagles Game Details

    • Fixture: NC State Wolfpack vs Marquette Golden Eagles
    • Date and Time: March 29, 2024 @ 7:09 pm EST
    • Location: American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX

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Apex Tale of the Tape

NC State Wolfpack

Vs.

Marquette Golden Eagles

24-14

Record

27-9

76.5

Points Per Game

78.6

45.1

FG%

48.2

34.7

3PT%

36.0

35.2

Rebounds Per Game

32.7

72.6

Points Allowed Per Game

69.9

44.0

Defensive FG%

42.5

34.3

Defensive 3PT%

33.6

73.5

Defensive FT%

75.4

36.0

Defensive Rebounds Against

35.7

5-0

Last 5 W-L

4-1

66.3

Team Pace

69.1

Key Stats

Marquette Golden Eagles

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The Marquette Golden Eagles are in the midst of trying to advance to the Elite Eight for the first time since 2013. This team won against Western Kentucky very comfortably and then escaped against Colorado to get to this point. They are 14th in the NET overall and then rank 13th overall in KenPom.

They are a very balanced team ranking 19th in both adjusted offense and adjusted defense on KenPom with a 118.9 and 95.5 ranking respectively. On offense, four different players average over double digits with Kam Jones leading the way at 17.1 points per game. However, the biggest key for the Marquette Golden Eagles is Tyler Kolek at point guard. He makes the offense go and averages 15.3 points per game and then leads the team in assists at 7.9.

NC State Wolfpack

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The NC State Wolfpack find themselves on a miracle run. They had to win five straight games just to get into the NCAA Tournament and then have won their last two games against Texas Tech and Oakland to get to this point. The Wolfpack are the last remaining Cinderella team in the Tournament. They are 53rd in KenPom overall and 63rd in the NET rankings.  But they now face the Marquette Golden Eagles.

They are not amazing on either side of the ball, but their offense has been the bigger key for them to get to this point. Four different players average over double digits on offense with DJ Horne leading the way at 16.7 points per game, but DJ Burns has been the star of their run. He averages 12.8 points per game and has scored 16 points and then 24 points in their two Tournament games.

Game Prediction

The Wolfpack should not be here. They are on a magical run, having won seven games in 16 days just to get to this point. However, Marquette is a different animal in terms of how good they are. The Golden Eagles are finding their footing thanks to Tyler Kolek and he will be the key for them in this game.

The magic of NC State should be able to keep this game close for a bit, but the skill and talent of Marquette will win out and the Marquette Golden Eagles should win and cover this spot to advance to the Elite Eight.

Game Pick

Marquette Golden Eagles -6.5

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Jake Faigus is a sportswriter based in Phoenix, Arizona. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona and is a lifelong fan of Phoenix sports teams. He has also covered all sorts of sports like football, basketball, golf, baseball, and hockey.

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