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North Carolina State Wolfpack vs. Cincinnati Bearcats - 12/30/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cincinnati Bearcats (8-4) at North Carolina State Wolfpack (10-3)

College Basketball: Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 4:00 pm (PNC Arena)

The Line: North Carolina State Wolfpack -3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN U

The Cincinnati Bearcats will travel to PNC arena to take on the NC State Wolfpack this Tuesday afternoon.

The Cincinnati Bearcats rebounded from their 68-47 loss to the VCU Rams to defeat the Wagner Seahawks 72-48 this past Tuesday to improve to 8-3 on the season. The Bearcats forced the Seahawks to shoot only 29.8% from the field and commit 16 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Bearcats was Kevin Johnson who had 11 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, and 4 steals. Cincinnati is currently ranked 76th in the RPI Standings and has played the 97th ranked SOS. On the season the Bearcats have been led by Octavius Ellis (9.5 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 2.7 bpg), Troy Caupain (9.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.5 apg), and Gary Clark (8.1 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.4 bpg). Offensively, Cincinnati is averaging 61.8 ppg (ranked 295th) on 42.4% shooting (ranked 226th). The Bearcats don’t shoot the ball well beyond the arc as they currently only average 4.4 three-pointers per game (ranked 326th) on 28.7% shooting (ranked 311th). Defensively, Cincinnati is holding their opponents to 54.5 ppg (ranked 9th) on 37.2% shooting (ranked 24th).

North Carolina State Wolfpack vs. Cincinnati Bearcats - 12/30/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The NC State Wolfpack improved to 10-3 on the season after defeating the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 73-65 this past Tuesday. NC State was down 15 points at halftime but outscored the Bulldogs 49-26 in the second half to secure the victory. Leading the way for the Wolfpack was Anthony Barber who had 17 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. NC State is currently ranked 49th in the RPI Standings and has played the 51st ranked SOS. On the season, the Wolfpack have been led by Trevor Lacey (18.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 3.6 apg), Ralston Turner (13.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg), and Anthony Barber (12.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.7 apg). Offensively, NC State is averaging 74.2 ppg (ranked 63rd) on 46.0% shooting (ranked 78th). The Wolfpack protect the ball well on offense as they only commit 11.6 turnovers per game (ranked 49th). Defensively, NC State is holding their opponents to 62.5 ppg (ranked 111th) on 37.7% shooting (ranked 33rd). The Wolfpack are averaging 29.0 defensive rpg (ranked 7th) and 40.69 total rpg (ranked 24th).

The Bearcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. the ACC however, just 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Wolfpack are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win.

Cincinnati is one of the tougher defensive teams in the country however really struggle at the defensive end. NC State has one of the better front courts in the country and I don’t see Cincinnati being able to score much against the Wolfpack. I’m going to take NC State to cover this small spread. Take NC State to cover!

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NC State Wolfpack -3.0

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