Cincinnati Bearcats vs. North Carolina State Wolfpack Pick-Odds-Prediction 11/12/13
North Carolina State Wolfpack (1-0) at Cincinnati Bearcats (1-0)
College Basketball: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 5:00 pm (Fifth Third Arena)
The Line: Cincinnati Bearcats -7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The North Carolina State Wolfpack and Cincinnati Bearcats play in the Global Sports Shootout on Tuesday evening.
NC State beat Appalachian State 98-77 to start off their season on Friday. The Wolfpack led by as many as 10 points in the first half, but the Mountaineers cut the deficit to 43-38 by halftime. T.J. Warren scored 21 of his 27 points in the second half, while Desmond Lee added 24 points for the Wolfpack. Tyler Lewis had 15 points and Anthony Barber had 13 points for NC State. NC State shot over 60% from the field, but only shot 68% from the free throw line. The Wolfpack lost several players from last year’s team. Howell and Scott Wood graduated, Rodney Purvis transferred to UConn and Brown and Leslie chose to try their luck in the NBA draft. With Brown’s departure, the Wolfpack will rely on sophomore point guard Lewis, who has the potential to be a big time player. Warren will be asked to carry a larger load, and defenses will be keyed on him. On the wing, Ralston Turner, an LSU transfer, will be counted on to be one of the best shooters on the team. Overall, NC State has lost too many players to not take a step back from last year. With a lot of young talent, the Wolfpack will need some time to come together this year.
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The Bearcats won their season opener over North Carolina Central 74-61 on Friday. Sean Kilpatrick scored 22 points and Jermaine Sanders added a career-high 13 as the Bearcats held off a late comeback before pulling away for the win. This year like the past years with the Bearcats, you can count on the fact that Cincinnati will attack the offensive glass, swarm their opponents with strong, athletic defenders and miss a bunch of jump shots. This year, Cincinnati may even push the pace more because they have more depth and would like to get easier buckets in transition. Kilpatrick, who averaged 17 points last season, will need to cut down on his turnovers if the Bearcats push the pace. Kilpatrick had more turnovers than assists last season. Justin Jackson, Titus Rubles, and Shaq Thomas can all run the floor and hit the offensive boards hard. But these guys aren’t shooters, and struggled to finish inside last season. At point guard, Junior Ge’Lawn is a bulldog guarding the ball, and should help Cincinnati press more often. Ge’Lawn will be challenged for playing time by freshman Troy Caupain, who is known to be a better distributer.
I think Cincinnati has a lot more to work with right now, while NC State is trying to find their identity with a bunch of young and inexperienced players early on. Cincinnati will make it difficult for the Wolfpack to score and will out muscle them on the glass. I’ll take the Bearcats to win by double digits.