Purdue vs. North Carolina State - 12/2/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
North Carolina State Wolfpack (6-0) at Purdue Boilermakers (5-1)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Mackey Arena)
The Line: Purdue Boilermakers -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The North Carolina State Wolfpack and Purdue Boilermakers play Tuesday night at the Mackey Arena.
The North Carolina State Wolfpack are undefeated and playing their first true road game. On the season, North Carolina State is averaging 76.7 points on 43.6 percent shooting and is allowing 59.3 points on 35.1 percent shooting. Trevor Lacey leads NC State with 17.3 points and 6.5 rebounds while Ralston Turner is averaging 12.8 points on 44.3 percent shooting. Anthony Barber is the third North Carolina State player to average double-digit points and Kyle Washington is grabbing 5.3 rebounds per game. The North Carolina State Wolfpack are trying to prove they can be a force in the ACC, and they’ll be just that if they continue to grab 45.3 rebounds per game, which is good for fourth in the country. Now North Carolina State has to prove it can win on the road.
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The Purdue Boilermakers made their mark felt in Maui and hope to keep things rolling at home. On the season, Purdue is averaging 81.2 points on 50.2 percent shooting and is allowing 60.2 points on 37.3 percent shooting. Vince Edwards leads Purdue with 12.7 points and 6.7 rebounds while Kendall Stephens is averaging 12.3 points on 41.5 percent shooting. Isaac Haas is averaging 5.2 rebounds per game and Jon Octeus leads the team with 3.5 assists. The Purdue Boilermakers finally has a balanced offense with four players averaging double-digit points and shooting 38.8 percent from beyond the arc. Purdue is also a solid rebounding team with 37 boards per game. Purdue just has to work on consistency to be taken seriously as a contender in the Big Ten.
The Wolfpack are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Boilermakers are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 home games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
I really don't love this line but for the sake of the article, I'll make Purdue the pick. I could see this game going either way but the help from the home crowd and physical style of play should help Purdue win and cover the number.