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North Carolina State Wolfpack vs. Pittsburgh Panthers Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/4/14

Pittsburgh Panthers (12-1) at North Carolina State Wolfpack (10-3)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 12:00 pm (PNC Arena)

The Line: North Carolina State Wolfpack +2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


The Pittsburgh Panthers travel to NC State to play the Wolfpack on Saturday afternoon.

Pittsburgh improved to 12-1 on the year after beating the Albany Great Danes 58-46 on Tuesday. The Panthers shot 44.4% from the field, but only 10% from behind the arc and 56.3% from the free throw line. Lamar Patterson scored a team-high 14 points to become the 42nd player in school history to reach 1,000 career points. Talib Zanna chipped in 10 points and 9 rebounds for Pittsburgh. On the year, Patterson averages a team-high 16.8 points per game and 4.5 assists per contest. Zanna averages 11.8 points per game and a team-high 7.5 rebounds per game. The Panthers averages 76.9 points per contest and are shooting 48% from the field as a team this season. Pittsburgh is a decent rebounding team and they distribute the ball well of offense. This will be the Panthers first true road game of the season.

North Carolina State Wolfpack vs. Pittsburgh Panthers Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/4/14

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The NC State Wolfpack improved to 10-3 on the year after beating UNC Greensboro 68-64 on Monday. The Wolfpack shot 40.7% from the field and only 16.7% from three-point range. NC State shot a poor 60.7% from the charity stripe. T.J. Warren scored 24 points and pulled down a team-high 9 rebounds. Anthony Barber added 17 points and dished out a team-high 6 assists and also had 2 steals. On the year, Warren averages a team-high 23.9 points per game and 7.8 rebounds per game. Barber is averaging 12.2 points per game and a team-high 4.5 assists per game. The Wolfpack average 75.3 points per game and are shooting 48.3% from the field as a team this season. NC State is not a great rebounding team and they do not hand out a ton of assists on the offensive end of the floor. The Wolfpack have lost two games at home this season to NCCU and Missouri.

Both teams are coming off wins despite not playing well, specifically not shooting the ball efficiently. This will be Pittsburgh’s first true road game while NC State has dropped two games at home early on in the season. Pittsburgh is the better team and on a neutral court I think they would win by double-digits. However, the Panthers may struggle in their first road game in ACC competition, so I’m going to back the Wolfpack on Saturday.

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NC State +2.5

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