NC State vs Kentucky Odds, Prediction: 2 Picks for Saturday’s College World Series Showdown

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NC State vs Kentucky Odds

Saturday, June 15
2 p.m. ET
NC State Odds
Run LineTotalMoneyline
-130o / -102u
Kentucky Odds
Run LineTotalMoneyline
-130o / -102u
Odds via FanDuel . Get up-to-the-minute NCAAF odds here.

It's time to take a look at NC State vs Kentucky odds and make a prediction and pick for Saturday's College World Series game.

OMAHA, Neb. — Kentucky's pitching continues to grind opposing offenses into zero production. Oregon State, one of the best hitting teams in the nation, was limited to three total hits over 18 innings in the Lexington Super Regional.

Trey Pooser will take the mound for the Wildcats against an NC State offense that averages 7.7 runs per game. Kentucky is projected at -170 with a total of 12.5 in the opener against the Wolfpack's Sam Highfill.

Pooser will also be backed by one of the best college baseball defenses in Division I.

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NC State's season has been full of surprises. Analytically, the Wolfpack are a team that should not be here.

Despite ranking outside the top 50 in nearly every important statistical category, the Pack won season series against Virginia and North Carolina.

NC State vs Kentucky Betting Pick & Prediction

Head coach Elliott Avent's squad made quick work of a Raleigh Regional that hosted South Carolina and showed no offensive issues in the Athens Super Regional, putting up 18 runs in the opener against Georgia.

The key for NC State has been its on-base percentage over the past 15 games, ranking 12th out of all teams in Division I.

Kentucky's pitching staff comes down a notch when the starters leave, generating a nearly identical team xFIP as NC State. The Wildcats have struggled to generate offense as much as NC State through the season.

On the other side, Highfill has been excellent of late, holding an explosive Georgia lineup to a single earned run in six innings. The fifth-year senior has also posted a quality start in recent games against Bryant and Virginia.

The weather conditions are suited for a low-scoring game, as double-digit winds are expected with gusts blowing in from right field at 25 mph.

Pick: NC State +1.5 (-150) · Under 9.5

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