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NC State vs Duke Odds – Opening Spread, Total & Moneyline for Elite Eight

Sascha Paruk

by Sascha Paruk in College Basketball

Updated Mar 29, 2024 · 9:26 PM PDT

North Carolina State Wolfpack forward DJ Burns Jr
Mar 29, 2024; Dallas, TX, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack forward DJ Burns Jr. (30) reacts during the first half in the semifinals of the South Regional of the 2024 NCAA Tournament against the Marquette Golden Eagles at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
  • The #11 NC State Wolfpack have reached the Elite Eight for the first time since 1986
  • The Wolfpack will face in-state ACC rival Duke on Sunday night in Dallas
  • See the opening NC State vs Duke odds, including the point spread, moneyline, and game total for Sunday, March 31

The #11 NC State Wolfpack pulled off their sixth moneyline upset in their last seven games on Friday night with a 67-58 win over #2 Marquette as 7.5-point underdogs in the Sweet 16. The victory sent the Wolfpack through to their first Elite Eight since 1986, where they will face the #1 Duke Blue Devils for the right to represent the South Region in the 2024 Final Four.

The opening NC State vs Duke odds set the Wolfpack as underdogs once again.

NC State vs Duke Odds

Team Spread Moneyline Total
NC State Wolfpack +7 (-110) +250 O 142 (-110)
Duke Blue Devils -7 (-110) -310 U 142 (-110)

The Blue Devils have opened as a seven-point favorite in the NC State vs Duke odds for Sunday’s Elite Eight game at American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX.

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Despite an impressive run to the ACC Tournament title, NC State entered the NCAA Tournament as a +10000 longshot to win the South Region in the Final Four odds. Duke opened as the second-favorite to win the South at +295.

Wolfpack Dominate Marquette in Sweet 16

NC State opened its tournament with an impressive 80-67 win over #6 Texas Tech as 4.5-point underdogs, but needed OT to get past #14 Oakland (87-81) in round two. The Wolfpack’s Sweet 16 matchup with #2 Marquette saw the team get back to dominating. NC State opened up a 13-point lead by halftime (37-24) and kept the Golden Eagles at arm’s length throughout the second half.

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NC State’s size and length proved too much for Marquette. The Wolfpack finished +four on the boards led by 15 rebounds from center Mohammed Diarra. Marquette, which shot 35.2% from three as a team this season, went an uncharacteristic 4-of-31 (13%) from beyond the arc.

Leading scorer DJ Horne (16.7 PPG) had a team-high 19, hitting four of seven three-point attempts. Big man DJ Burns Jr dished out a career-high seven assists.

Now riding an eight-game win streak that includes five wins in five days during the ACC Tournament, NC State has won six of its last seven as moneyline underdogs. The Wolfpack’s run to the ACC title included wins over the top-three teams in the conference (UNC, Duke, and Virginia).

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NC State lost to Duke in the regular season (79-64 home) but avenged that loss in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament with a 74-69 win in Washington, DC.

Duke Outlasts Houston to Reach First Elite Eight Under Scheyer

Duke steamrolled its first two opponents in the NCAA Tournament (64-47 over #13 Vermont; 93-55 over #12 James Madison) before a hard-fought Sweet 16 matchup with #1 Houston. The Blue Devils led by one after a low-scoring first half (23-22) and kept a nose in front throughout the second half of their 54-51 victory on Friday night in Dallas.

Sophomore center Kyle Filipowski lead the team with 16 points and nine rebounds while senior guard Jeremy Roach added 14 points. The Blue Devils had to benefit of facing a Cougars team that lost point guard and Big 12 Player of the Year Jamal Shead to an ankle injury just 13 minutes into the game.

After bowing out in the second round last year – Duke’s first under Jon Scheyer – the Blue Devils will be playing in their third Elite Eight in the last six NCAA Tournaments.

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Overall, Duke rates fifth at KenPom (fifth on offense, 18th on defense). They are 7-6 against teams inside KenPom’s top 50, which now includes NC State. The Wolfpack started their ACC Tournament run rated 77th and have now climbed to 49th.

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