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Pittsburgh Panthers vs. North Carolina State Wolfpack Pick-Odds-Prediction 3/3/14

North Carolina State Wolfpack (17-12) at Pittsburgh Panthers (22-7)

College Basketball: Monday, March 3, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Petersen Events Center)

The Line: Pittsburgh Panthers -11.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN Full Court

The North Carolina State Wolfpack travel to Pittsburgh to play the Panthers on Monday night.

The North Carolina State Wolfpack dropped to 17-12, 7-9 ACC after losing at home against Miami 85-70 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. NC State failed to pull off a big win against the Tar Heels on Wednesday and they have now dropped two straight and four of their last five games. The Wolfpack will head out on the road where they have lost five out of their last seven games.

Pittsburgh Panthers vs. North Carolina State Wolfpack Pick-Odds-Prediction 3/3/14

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The Pittsburgh Panthers improved to 22-7, 10-6 ACC after beating Notre Dame on the road 85-81 on Saturday. The Panthers are led by Lamar Patterson, who in my opinion, is one of the best players in the ACC, if not the country this season. Patterson averages a team-high 17.2 points and 4.4 assists per game this season. Talib Zanna is averaging a second-best 12.2 points per game while averaging a team-high 8.1 rebounds per game. The Panthers averages a solid 72.3 points per game while shooting 45.8% from the field as a team this season. Pittsburgh is one of the better rebounding teams in the ACC, averaging 36.6 boards per game. Pittsburgh bounced back with two straight wins after losing three straight games, and hey have lost five out of their last nine overall. The Panthers will be at home for this one; Pittsburgh has lost four of their last five at home.

Pittsburgh has earned a couple wins after going through a little slump over the past month. However, the Panthers have struggled against the elite teams in the conference and I’m not sure they will fair well in the conference tournament next week. North Carolina State has been inconsistent all year and they have not played well on the road. I think Pittsburgh will get the win at home but I can’t lay this many points with the Panthers right now.

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