The Hurricanes ended the season on a 6-2 run while the Wolfpack lost their final eight games. Any questions? Lay the points on Miami when they take on North Carolina State.
We have two teams going in opposite directions here and the one that's going in the right direction has both need and motivation to succeed.
North Carolina State finished the regular season with eight straight losses with its only cover coming in a final home game sellout against Duke. Miami, on the other hand, finished 6-2 in its last eight games and appears to be hitting the same stride that sent the Hurricanes off to a brilliant 12-0 start.
At 21-9 overall and 8-8 in ACC play, Miami needs at least this win to make the NCAA tourney. That alone would insure Miami's focus here but, the sting of that bitter two-point loss in Raleigh cinches an intense effort. By the way, in those final eight losses, the Wolfpack allowed a whopping 80 points per game while Miami went 9-0 ATS in its last nine games scoring 75 or more.
Prediction: Miami 80 - NC State 65
Free Pick: Miami (FL) -6 (-110)
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