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North Carolina State vs. Stanford Betting Prediction, Best Bets, and Odds

Written by: Travis Pulver
Published March 29, 2024
10 min read
  • This game will be just the fourth meeting between North Carolina State and Stanford; Stanford holds a 2-1 series lead.

  • Stanford is 0-2 ATS in Tournament play; the OVER is 2-0.

  • North Carolina State is 1-1 ATS in Tournament play; the OVER is 1-1. 

The North Carolina State Wolfpack and Stanford Cardinal are set to clash in the NCAAW Sweet Sixteen on ESPN on Friday, Mar. 29, at 7:30 p.m. ET. Stanford initially opened as a 5.5-point favorite, but the spread has since shifted at many sportsbooks to -4.5. 

However, if the Wolfpack can successfully contain Stanford superstars Cameron Brink and Kiki Iriafen, there's a potential for an upset, making this game a must-watch for sports fans and bettors.

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North Carolina State vs. Stanford Prediction and Odds 

Here is the betting line for North Carolina vs. Stanford with odds via Caesars:

North Carolina State Wolfpack (29-6)

With convincing wins over Chattanooga (64-45) and Tennessee (79-72) in the first two rounds, the Wolfpack are in the Sweet 16 for the third time in four years. But they will have their hands full in Portland Friday night when they face Cameron Brink, Kiki Iriafen, and the rest of the Stanford Cardinal team.

Brinks will undoubtedly make it hard for NC State’s athletic guards to attack the paint, but the key to the game may not be attacking the paint but defending it. Brinks and Iriafen combine for 36.7 ppg., nearly half of Stanford’s average total. However, neither are solid three-point shooters.

Center River Baldwin is a solid defender, but the 6’5” senior will need help against Stanford’s dynamic duo. Should Baldwin get into early foul trouble, the Wolfpack may have a hard time keeping Brinks and Iriafen away from the basket.

Stanford Cardinal (30-5)

A second-round upset vs. Ole Miss brought Stanford’s title dreams to an early halt last season. So, it is probably safe to say that the Cardinal women are looking for a bit of redemption this season. With talented players like Cameron Brink and Kiki Iriafen leading the way, Stanford could certainly make a deep run.

As the Pac-12 Player of the Year, Brink gets a lot of attention, as she should. This season, she averaged a double-double (17.5 ppg and 11.9 rpg), making her a force to be reckoned with on both ends of the court. However, after watching her Iowa State performance, the Wolfpack may be more concerned with Iriafen.

Brink got into foul trouble and had a subpar night, which opened the door for Iriafen to save the day. She did so with 41 points and 16 rebounds. 

North Carolina State vs. Stanford Pick

With a game featuring two teams that hold opponents to under 60 points per game, the team that wins will likely be the one that can create more scoring opportunities. Stanford has two of the best players in the Tournament on its roster, but it doesn’t have much else from a scoring perspective.

Cameron Brink and Kiki Iriafen will make the Wolfpack earn it, but NC State has five players averaging 10+ points per game. The Cardinal defense will not be able to contain all five players for the entire game.

How to Watch North Carolina State vs. Stanford

  • Location: Moda Center in Portland, OR

  • Game Time & Date: 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday, 3/29/2024

  • TV Network: ESPN

  • Streaming: ESPN+ and streaming services like YouTube TV, Sling TV, and Hulu + Live TV.

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Travis Pulver is a lifelong football fan, something he says comes naturally having been born in the football-crazy state of Texas. Through the years, Pulver's love of sports has extended into baseball, basketball, golf, and rugby. Life currently finds him in Indiana with his wife and two kids.

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