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Published: March 25, 2021 (3 weeks ago)

NC State vs. Colorado State odds, line: 2021 NIT picks, college basketball predictions from proven model

The SportsLine Projection Model has simulated Colorado State vs. NC State in the NIT 10,000 times
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The third-seeded North Carolina State Wolfpack hope to ride the momentum of a strong finish to the regular season past the No. 1 seed Colorado State Rams in the 2021 National Invitation Tournament quarterfinals on Thursday in Denton, Texas.

NC State (14-10) vies for its seventh victory in eight games after posting a 14-point victory over Davidson in its opening-round game of the NIT. Colorado State (19-6), an NCAA bubble team that lost in the semifinals of the Mountain West Conference Tournament, posted a last-second win over Buffalo in the first round.

Tip-off from the Comerica Center is set for 7 p.m. ET. William Hill Sportsbook lists the Wolfpack as 1.5-point favorites, while the over-under for total points scored is 146 in the latest

NC State vs. Colorado State odds. Before making any Colorado State vs. NC State picks, check out the college basketball predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years,

the proprietary computer model has generated an impressive profit of over $2,200 for $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks against the spread. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on North Carolina State vs. Colorado State in the NIT 2021. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several college basketball odds and trends for Colorado State vs. North Carolina State:

NC State vs. Colorado State spread: NC State -1.5
NC State vs. Colorado State over-under: 146 points
NC State vs. Colorado State money line: NC State -125; Colorado State +105
NCST: The Wolfpack is 10-1 when forcing at least 15 turnovers

COLOST: The Rams are 3-10 against ACC foes, with all three wins at neutral sites
Why Colorado State can cover
The Rams led the Mountain West in scoring offense (77.0 points per game), field goal percentage (49.1) and free throw percentage (80.1), ranking sixth nationally in the latter category. Colorado State ranks among the top 60 teams in scoring defense,

field goal percentage defense and 3-point field goal percentage defense. That represents a marked improvement from last season, when the team failed to crack the top 250 in either of those categories.

A pair of sophomores, forward David Roddy and guard Isaiah Stevens, are 1-2 on the team in scoring at 16.1 and 15.0 points per game, respectively. Roddy has 11 double-doubles on the season,

including three straight to close out the regular season, while Stevens has scored in double figures in seven of his last eight games. Stevens has 41 3-pointers made to rank third behind juniors Adam Thistlewood and Kendle Moore, who have combined to hit 93.

Why North Carolina State can cover
The Wolfpack were able to exploit their size advantage in the first round as 6-foot-11 D.J. Funderburk and 6-10 Manny Bates combined to score 35 points while missing only two shots from the floor.

Funderburk has scored in double figures in nine of his last 10 games, including a season high-tying 21 points vs. Davidson. Bates has scored at least 10 points in three of the past four and is averaging 7.0 rebounds over the last three games.

Junior guard Jericole Hellems became one of the primary offensive options after leading scorer Devon Daniels was lost for the season when he suffered a torn ACL in late January.

Hellems averaged 13.1 points during the regular season and had his two best outings in the two games following the injury to Daniels, erupting for 47 points. He has made only 29 3-pointers on the season, which ranks second on the team to Braxton Beverly (32).

How to make Colorado State vs. NC State picks
The model is leaning over on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 147 points.

It has also generated an against-the-spread pick that cashes in over 50 percent of simulations. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Colorado State vs. NC State? And which side of the spread hits over 50 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine right now to see which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the computer model that has crushed its college basketball picks.