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North Carolina State vs. Louisiana Tech - 12/23/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (8-3) at North Carolina State Wolfpack (9-3)

College Basketball: Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 7:00 pm (PNC Arena)

The Line: North Carolina State Wolfpack -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and North Carolina State Wolfpack meet Tuesday night at the PNC Arena.

The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs have split their last four games and play their sixth true road game. On the season, Louisiana Tech is averaging 77 points on 45.8 percent shooting and is allowing 67 points on 40.9 percent shooting. Raheem Appleby is averaging 16.3 points on 40.1 percent shooting and Alex Hamilton is averaging 15 points and 3.1 assists. Erik McCree is the third player averaging double-digit points and Michale Kyser is grabbing 6.7 rebounds. The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are an offensive minded team that has seven players averaging at least five points while they’re shooting 66.8 percent from the free throw line and 37.6 percent from deep on the season. Defensively, Louisiana Tech is forcing 15.9 turnovers per game and is holding teams to 30.2 percent shooting from deep.

North Carolina State vs. Louisiana Tech - 12/23/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The North Carolina State Wolfpack have split their last six games and hope to right the ship here. On the season, NC State is averaging 74.2 points on 46.2 percent shooting and is allowing 62.2 points on 37.4 percent shooting. Trevor Lacey is averaging 17.8 points and 5.2 rebounds while Ralston Turner is averaging 14.4 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Anthony Barber is the third player averaging double-digit points and Beejay Anya is grabbing 4.8 rebounds. The North Carolina State Wolfpack are a big, physical team that’s averaging 40.6 rebounds and 6.5 blocks per game. Offensively, North Carolina State is shooting 67.9 percent from the line and 37.9 percent from deep while its forcing 10.4 turnovers and allowing teams to shoot 32.2 percent from downtown.

The Bulldogs are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Tuesday games and 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Wolfpack are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. loss and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games. 

I like this North Carolina State team, especially with its length and size. While the Bulldogs are a balanced and experienced team, the Wolfpack at home should get the win and cover due to the rebounding advantage and physical play. 

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