Creighton March Madness Odds: First Round NCAA Tournament vs. NC State

Written By Mo Nuwwarah on March 14, 2023
Creighton March Madness odds

The first round of the NCAA tournament features the Creighton Bluejays, seeded sixth in the South Region, facing the NC State Wolfpack, seeded 11th. Creighton plays at 4 p.m. ET on Friday, March 17 in Denver with coverage on TNT. Current odds for this college basketball showdown have Creighton as spread favorites and moneyline favorites, with an over/under of . Here, we’ll take a look at this game as part of a wider snapshot of Creighton March Madness odds.

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Creighton vs. NC State Betting Odds

Below, bettors can find the best available Creighton March Madness odds across legal U.S. sportsbooks. Use the dropdown in the top left to change from spread betting options to moneyline or wagers on the over/under.

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Creighton Vs. NC State Player Props

Player prop odds for Creighton vs. NC State will populate below once they become available, usually a day or so before tip-off. You will often find a wider spread of prices on small markets like player props, so it’s very important to shop for the best numbers. You can also use our prop finder tool and type in a player’s name.

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Creighton March Madness Futures

Why Creighton Can Cover The Spread

Creighton has the more talented team, with multiple projected second-round picks on the team. They also have one of the best coaches in college basketball in Greg McDermott. That’s a powerful combination in a spot where the opposition looks a bit one-dimensional — NC State ranks 85th in adjusted defensive efficiency per KenPom’s numbers. Coming out of a weak year for the ACC, the Wolfpack haven’t beaten a tournament team since Miami in mid-January.

Why NC State Can Cover The Spread

Creighton has largely failed to perform to its talent level this year. And NC State probably has the single most explosive player in the game in Terquavion Smith, who surprised many by not turning pro last year. He converted an atrocious 37.7% from the field, but if he gets hot, he can swing this game for the Wolfpack. Creighton also largely feasted on the dregs of its schedule, especially in the past month, and didn’t come close to covering in their last three games against tournament opponents.

Final Thoughts

Creighton had one of the worst rates of forcing turnovers in the nation, and NC State coughed up the fourth-fewest turnovers per possession. That means shooting variance will probably play a big role in NC State’s offensive output here. Given Creighton’s late struggles against good opposition, it’s probably best to play NC State on the moneyline if you like their chances of covering. However, the advanced metrics are quite fond of Creighton and believe they’re under-seeded at No. 6. Betting them in futures markets like Final Four odds wouldn’t seem out of line. They still have a ton of talent and a great coach.

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Mo Nuwwarah got his start in gambling early, making his first sports bet on his beloved Fab Five against the UNC Tar Heels in the 1993 NCAA tournament. He lost $5 to his dad and got back into sports betting years later during a 15-year run in the poker industry. A 2011 journalism graduate from Nebraska-Omaha, he combines those skills with his love of sports and statistics to help bettors make more informed decisions with a focus on pro football, baseball and basketball.

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