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North Carolina State Wolfpack vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - 12/20/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

West Virginia Mountaineers (9-1) at North Carolina State Wolfpack (9-2)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 9:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)

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

TV: ESPN HD

The NC State Wolfpack will take on the West Virginia Mountaineers in the Gotham Classic at Madison Square Garden this Saturday.

The NC State Wolfpack improved to 9-2 on the season as they defeated the Tennessee Volunteers 83-72 at home this past Wednesday. The Wolfpack had to be happy with their offensive performance as they shot 51.1% from the field against the Volunteers, compared to the 42.2% they shot in their upset loss against the Wofford Terriers at home earlier in the week. Leading the way for NC State was Ralston Turner who had 33 points and 4 rebounds. NC State currently is ranked 51st in the RPI standings and has played the 82nd ranked SOS. On the season, NC State have been led by Trevor Lacey (17.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 3.9 apg), Ralston Turner (14.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg), and Anthony Barber (11.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.9 apg). Offensively, NC State is averaging 74.7 ppg (ranked 65th) on 45.7% shooting (ranked 97th). The Wolfpack are one the best rebounding teams in the country as they average 30.0 defensive rpg (ranked 4th) and 41.91 total rpg (ranked 10th). Defensively, NC State is allowing to their opponents an average of 60.4 ppg (ranked 63rd) on 36.0% shooting (ranked 15th).

North Carolina State Wolfpack vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - 12/20/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The West Virginia Mountaineers defeated Marshall 69-66 this past Sunday to improve to 9-1 on the season. West Virginia struggled from the floor as they only shot 38.6% (22-57) however, forced the Thundering Herd to commit 24 turnovers. Leading the way for the Mountaineers was Juwan Staten who had 15 points, 3 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, West Virginia have been led by Juwan Staten (15.0 ppg, 2.6 reb, 4.1 apg, 1.9 spg), Jonathan Holton (11.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 2.0 spg), and Devin Williams (10.2 ppg, 7.1 rpg). West Virginia is ranked 34th in the RPI standings. Offensively, the Mountaineers are averaging an impressive 78.4 ppg (ranked 27th) however, are shooting only 40.8% from the field (ranked 274th). West Virginia likes to score of turnovers and they are ranked 1st in the country in steals per game at 11.7. Defensively, the Mountaineers is allowing their opponents to average 62.0 ppg (ranked 98th) on 45.0% shooting (ranked 267th).

The Mountaineers are 8-17 ATS in their last 25 non-conference games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Atlantic Coast. The Wolfpack are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win.

West Virginia has had a great start of the season, however, they heavily rely on their defensive to generate their turnovers and easy baskets as they don’t shoot well in a set offense. I like the size that NC State brings into this game and as long as they protect the ball I see them winning this one. Take NC State and the points. 

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North Carolina State +2.5

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