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North Carolina State Wolfpack vs. East Carolina Pirates Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/21/13

East Carolina Pirates (10-2) at North Carolina State Wolfpack (8-2)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:00 pm (PNC Arena)

The Line: North Carolina State Wolfpack -10.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN Full Court

The NC State Wolfpack and the East Carolina Pirates face off on Saturday in college basketball action.

The North Carolina State Wolfpack are off to an 8-2 start to their season and are coming off of an upset win at Tennessee. NC State is 7-1 at home this season and they have played the 233rd ranked schedule in the nation. T.J. Warren is averaging 23.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game to lead NC State. Anthony “Cat” Barber is averaging 12 points, and Desmond Lee is averaging 10.7 points. NC State is averaging 75.7 points and they are shooting 48.7 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 66.2 points and their opponents are shooting 38.8 percent. NC State has Missouri up next and starts ACC play on January 4th.

North Carolina State Wolfpack vs. East Carolina Pirates Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/21/13

The East Carolina Pirates are 9-2 on the season and have won their last three games in a row. ECU has faced light competition playing the 344th ranked schedule. ECU has won their last three games in a row and they are 1-1 away from home this season. Akeem Richmond is averaging 18.3 points per game to lead the Pirates. Paris Campbell is averaging 14.3 points, Caleb White is averaging 11.2 points, and Brandan Stith is averaging 7.9 points and 10.3 rebounds. East Carolina is averaging 84 points per game and they are shooting 46.6 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 69.4 points and their opponents are shooting 40.8 percent. ECU begins conference play on January 11th.

NC State is 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 home games and 1-7 against the spread in their last eight Saturday games. East Carolina is 4-1-1 against the spread in their last six road games, 7-2-1 against the spread in their last 10 games overall, and 6-2-1 against the spread following a win. The home team has covered the spread in five of the last six meetings of these two.

This seems like a lot of points for this one and while I believe Barber is a true star this is too many points to pass up.

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East Carolina Pirates +10.5

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