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Wolfpack Basketball Bolsters NC Online Sports Betting Launch

North Carolina online sports betting has been live for less than a month. However, it’s gotten a significant boost from the basketball programs at NC State, both of which will compete for spots in national title games later this week.

The industry opened its virtual doors on March 11, 2024. That was just a week before college basketball tournament betting tipped off, and that timing proved perfect for a state where college basketball betting is king every March.

Wolfpack’s Cinderella runs big for business

The men’s team needed a magical run in the ACC tournament just to make the field of 68. In fact, there were even whispers that head coach Kevin Keatts may have been in jeopardy of losing his job.

Instead, the Wolfpack won five games in five days to earn an automatic tournament bid. In the final three games of the ACC bracket, NC State topped perennial powerhouses Duke, Virginia, and North Carolina. That earned them a No. 11 seed in the national tournament, where the Wolfpack’s winning ways continued with triumphs over Texas Tech, Oakland, Marquette, and Duke.

The Wolfpack women, meanwhile, earned a No. 3 seed in their tournament and knocked off lower seeds Chattanooga and Tennessee to reach the round of 16. Once there, they upset a pair of higher seeds. They topped No. 2 seed Stanford 77-67 and defeated No. 1 seed Texas 76-66.

The runs of both teams were undoubtedly met with considerable support at the betting windows. Plenty of local NC State alumni had reasons to open accounts and utilize NC sports betting promos while following their teams deep into the tournament. The same can be said for fans of Duke and North Carolina, whose men’s teams each advanced to the second weekend of play.

What’s next for the Wolfpack?

Both teams will be underdogs in their national semifinal games. The women face undefeated South Carolina on Friday, while the men lock up with Zach Edey and Purdue on Saturday. The winners advance to national title games on Sunday and Monday.

NC State fans can catch all the action on ESPN (which televises the women’s tournament) and CBS (which broadcasts the men’s action). The best online sportsbooks will offer plenty of markets on each game, giving Wolfpack fans plenty of chances to get in on the action via North Carolina online sports betting outlets.


  • Andrew Champagne

    Andrew Champagne is a Senior Editor at Raketech. A passionate storyteller, handicapper, and analyst, Andrew lives in Northern California's Bay Area. He can often be found planning his next trip to Las Vegas, bowling reasonably well, or golfing incredibly poorly.