We’ve got our dancing shoes on once again here at Cappers Info, and that means that it’s time for the NCAA Tournament picks to continue. Our next set of March Madness Bracket Predictions take us to the East Region, where the #9 Temple Owls and the #8 NC State Wolfpack meet in the Second Round.
East Region Picks: #9 Temple Owls vs. #8 NC State Wolfpack
Date: Friday, March 22nd, 1:40 ET
East Region Location: UD Arena, Dayton, OH
Temple vs. NC State Live on TV: TBS
Second Round Betting Lines
#9 Temple Owls +4.5
#8 NC State Wolfpack -4.5
We have to think that there is a point that the Owls are going to win another first round NCAA Tournament game under the direction of Head Coach Fran Dunphy, and we really hope for their sake that it’s soon. We’re tired of having to call him Fran “One And Dun-“phy. Alas, Temple is just 1-4 SU in its last five games played in the dance under Dunphy’s direction and is 0-6-1 ATS in its last seven games in the dance. The difficult Atlantic 10 this year, one that added both VCU and Butler this season, may have really helped things out tremendously for Temple. The Owls are a tough team, and they try their best to rebound the basketball and play good defense. Here’s the problem. They don’t really rebound the ball that well (+1.7 rebounds per game), and there are times that their defense really gets stretched (68.1 PPGA). NC State has to feel like it is sort of looking in a mirror. These two teams on the exterior look very similar. They’re both based upon their bigs, and they both have very short differences. The difference in this one is simple, though. The Wolfpack have F Scott Wood. The Owls don’t. Wood is a three-point shooting expert who has dominated at this level from long range with games on the line. Once he gets going, this is a team that cannot be stopped by a team like Temple. It’s going to take a lot more to stop the athletic F CJ Leslie and F Richard Howell, and we don’t think that Dunphy has the answers.
Temple vs. NC State Free Pick: NC State Wolfpack -4.5
Temple vs. NC State Predictions: NC State 72 – Temple 66