North Carolina Tar Heels vs. North Carolina State Wolfpack Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/1/14
North Carolina State Wolfpack (14-7) at North Carolina Tar Heels (13-7)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 1:00 pm (Dean Smith Center)
The Line: North Carolina Tar Heels -11.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
North Carolina State travels to Chapel Hill to play the Tar Heels of North Carolina on Saturday.
North Carolina State improved to 14-7, 4-4 ACC after beating Florida State at home 74-70 on Wednesday night. The Wolfpack shot 45.6% from the field and 26.7% from three-point range, while also shooting 72.7% from the charity stripe. T.J. Warren led all scorers with 30 points and he also had a team-high 7 rebounds. On the season, Warren leads the Wolfpack with 22.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Anthony Barber averages a second-best 11.1 points per game while also averaging a team-high 4.2 assists. NC State is shooting 46.3% from the field and is scoring 71.9 points per game on average as a team this season. The Wolfpack are an average rebounding team, pulling down 35.7 boards per contest. After losing four of five games to start conference play, the Wolfpack have now won three straight, with all of those wins coming at home. NC State will now have to hit the road where they are 3-3 on the year and have lost their last two road games in conference play.
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North Carolina improved to 13-7, 3-4 ACC after beating Georgia Tech 78-65 on the road Wednesday night. The Tar Heels shot 44.4% from the field and 38.5% from three-point range, while also making 73.9% of their free throw attempts. Marcus Paige led the Tar Heels with 19 points and 7 rebounds. James Michael McAdoo added 17 points and 5 rebounds for North Carolina. On the year, Paige leads all scorers with 16.7 points per game, while also averaging a team-high 4.2 assists. McAdoo is averaging 14.8 points and a team-high 6.5 rebounds per game. The Tar Heels are shooting 45.8% from the field and averaging 75.4 points per game as a team this season. North Carolina is one the best rebounding teams in the ACC, averaging 40.6 boards per contest. The Tar Heels lost their first three games in conference play, but they have since won three out of four overall. North Carolina will be back home where they have lost two games this season.
NC State and UNC usually set up to be a competitive battle for bragging rights within the state. The Wolfpack have played well recently but all of their wins have come at home in the past month. The Tar Heels are playing with more energy and enthusiasm, something that was lacking to start the year and caused some inconsistencies. I think UNC has a significant sixe advantage in this one and I don’t think T.J. Warren can offset the big bodies for the Tar Heels. I think UNC will win but NC State will cover on Saturday.