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MARCH MADNESS FINAL FOUR | Best Bets for NC State v Purdue

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The Final Four is here – with surprise package NC State facing off against Purdue for a place in the NCAAB Championship game

It’s crunch time in the March Madness tournament – as only four teams are left standing.

The first game on Saturday night sees 11th seed NC State aiming to keep their Cinderella run going, as they face top-seed Purdue to a place in the championship game.

Our Basketball tipster is back with a handful of tips for the opening game, focusing on two selections.

Here are the Best Bets for NC State v Purdue.

RUN WITH THE WOLFPACK

Everyone loves an underdog in this tournament. And while many will expect Purdue to get the job here, it may be closer than anticipated.

This is by far the toughest game that NC State have faced in the NCAA Tournament. But they have continued to upset the odds on every single occasion, and no opposition has proved to be a problem.

There’s a lot more pressure on Purdue to perform here than NC State. While both teams have not been in the Final Four since the 1980s, the Boilermakers have a lot more to lose here following a 33-4 season.

The Wolfpack are on a really hot run at the moment, and that shouldn’t be discounted. They have punched through every barrier put in front of them, and the likes of DJ Burns Jr. and DJ

The spread is a safer bet than the moneyline here, especially with NC State being offered a nine-and-a-half-point cushion.

TIP: NC State +9.5 (-114, FanDuel)

A CAGEY AFFAIR

This has all the makings of a cagey matchup, with both teams likely to opt with their strengths on defense.

The Boilermakers have not given up more than 68 points in a game during March Madness, while NC State have managed to keep two strong offenses in Duke and Marquette fairly quiet.

The under line at this stage looks to be the play, especially when there is an expectation for at least one team score 80 or more points for this line to be met.

TIP: Under 146.5 points (-110, FanDuel)

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