Defending Champions Looking Good
A pair of undefeated teams are set to meet in the Battle 4 Atlantic event in Nassau, Bahamas
It will be a major step up in competition for the Wolfpack after beating Austin Peay, Campbell, Florida International, and Elon.
Kansas already owns a win against Duke and has won 13 of the last 14 games against ACC teams. The Jayhawks moved up three spots to No. 3 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and is also third in the coaches poll.
Kyle Cuffe, Charlie McCarthy, Zach Clemence and Wilder Evers are all questionable to play against NC State. Clemence and Cuffe have combined to play 17 minutes this season for Kansas while McCarthy and Evers have yet to play.
Kansas and North Carolina State are in the top half of the Battle 4 Atlantis bracket with Dayton and Wisconsin.
According to the college basketball playoff odds, Kansas (+375) is tied for seventh in the odds to reach the Final Four.
Jalen Wilson of Kansas (+1500) is tied for fifth according to the sportsbook in the odds to win the Wooden Award as the national player of the year.
Joining the Fun
Ole Miss transfer Jarkel Joiner hasn’t wasted much time in making an impact. The 6-foot-1 guard left his hometown team to play for NC State and scored in double figures in three of the first four games. He had a game with six 3-pointers but is just 2 for 7 from downtown in the other three games so he is searching for some consistency. Joiner is also averaging 5.0 assists and 1.5 steals.
The Wolfpack’s top scorer is sophomore Terquavion Smith, who has gone from putting up 16.3 points, 2.1 assists and 1.3 steals per game as a freshman to 19 points, 5.3 assists and 3.3 steals this season.
Casey Morsell and La Salle transfer Jack Clark are the other double-digit scorers for NC State.
The Las Vegas odds total has gone over in six of North Carolina State’s last eight games.
Wilson Happy to be Back
There was a period of time when it looked like Jalen Wilson would be joining the list of Jayhawks heading off to play professional basketball.
Wilson’s name was in the NBA Draft for a bit before he opted to return for his redshirt junior season. Jayhawk Nation is certainly glad he had a change of heart.
Wilson has three straight 20-point games. He had 25 points and 11 rebounds in a win over Duke in the State Farms Champions Classic and followed that up with a career-high 33 points against Southern Utah. He is averaging 15 points and 8.7 rebounds in three games against Atlantic Coast Conference teams over the last two seasons.
Wilson and fellow returning starter Dajuan Harris Jr. are joined by some new faces. Freshman Gradey Dick is averaging 16.8 points on 55% shooting and he has scored in double figures in all four games, Texas Tech transfer Kevin McCullar is averaging 8.3 points and 6.0 rebounds while K.J. Adams went from playing 4.8 minutes as a freshman to 24.5 as a sophomore.
— Kansas Men’s Basketball (@KUHoops) November 19, 2022
Kansas has covered against the college basketball betting lines in only one of its last five games.
North Carolina State vs Kansas Injuries
North Carolina State vs Kansas Head-to-Head
This is the first meeting between the teams since the 2012 NCAA Tournament, when Kansas won 60-57 as a nine-point favorite.
The last regular-season matchup came in 1996 when Kansas, an 18.5-point favorite, rolled to the 84-56 win.
North Carolina State vs Kansas Game Information
- Game: North Carolina State (4-0) vs Kansas (4-0)
- Location: Imperial Arena, Nassau, Bahamas
- Day/Time: Wednesday, Nov. 23, Noon, ET
- North Carolina State vs Kansas Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
North Carolina State vs Kansas Betting Lines
North Carolina State vs Kansas Picks & Prediction
It is hard to know exactly what to expect from North Carolina State, which only beat Campbell by six points and Elon by 11.
Both teams like to push the pace with NC State averaging 88.5 points and Kansas at 80.5. A key for NC State is the ability to get out in transition thanks to the 11 steals per game.
It can be dangerous to go with a line that approaches double digits in a matchup of teams from the Power-5 conferences, but that seems to be the way to go in this one.
Something to consider for those who bet online: The Jayhawks and Wolfpack have covered in just three of the first eight games this season.
The Kansas Jayhawks are listed at -420 in our Vegas college basketball lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Jayhawks, you have a chance to win $24. The North Carolina State Wolfpack are +330, offering a chance to win $330 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Kansas a 80.77% chance to win, with North Carolina State at 23.26%.