North Carolina State Wolfpack vs. North Carolina Tar Heels Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/26/14
North Carolina Tar Heels (20-7) at North Carolina State Wolfpack (17-10)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 8:00 pm (PNC Arena)
The Line: North Carolina State Wolfpack +4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN Game Plan
The North Carolina Tar Heels travel to North Carolina State to play the Wolfpack on Wednesday night.
The North Carolina Tar Heels improved to 20-7, 10-4 ACC after beating Wake Forest at home 105-72 on Saturday. On the season, the Tar Heels are led by Marcus Paige, who is averaging a team-high 16.9 points and 4.6 assists per game this season. James Michael McAdoo is averaging a second-best 14.4 points and a team-high 6.9 rebounds per game. Brice Johnson has stepped up and is averaging 10.1 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. North Carolina is shooting 46.3% from the field while averaging a solid 77 points per game as a team this season. North Carolina ranks 8th in the country in rebounding, pulling down 40.9 boards per game as a team. The Tar Heels, led by Paige are also one of the best distributing teams, averaging 15.9 assists per game this season. North Carolina has won nine straight games after losing four out of five to start conference play. The Tar Heels will be on the road for this game; North Carolina is 3-3 on the road in conference play this season.
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The North Carolina State Wolfpack improved to 17-10, 7-7 ACC after beating Virginia Tech on the road 71-64 on Saturday. On the year, T.J. Warren leads the Wolfpack with 23.3 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, both team-highs. Anthony Barber is averaging 9.8 points per game and a team-high 3.7 assists per game. The Wolfpack are averaging 70.4 points per game while shooting 45.6% from the field as a team this season. North Carolina State is a decent rebounding team, averaging 35.1 boards per game. The Wolfpack bounced back at Virginia Tech after losing two straight games. The Wolfpack will be back home after a three-game road trip. North Carolina State has won their last four home games against conference opponents.
The Tar Heels beat NC State at home by 14 points on February 1st, and the Wolfpack will have revenge on their minds come Wednesday. North Carolina is on a roll right now, having just beat Duke at home and followed it up with a blowout win at home over Wake Forest. Meanwhile, North Carolina State beat an awful Virginia Tech team and has the potential of knocking off the Tar Heels. I think this will be a high-scoring game and I’m going to take the points with the home team. I think the over is a solid play too, if the number comes in at 150 or below.