North Carolina State vs. Notre Dame - 1/25/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (18-2) at North Carolina State Wolfpack (13-7)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 6:30 pm (PNC Arena)
The Line: North Carolina State Wolfpack +2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and North Carolina State Wolfpack meet Sunday at the PNC Arena.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have won three straight games and play their fourth true road game. On the season, Notre Dame is averaging 81.9 points on 52.6 percent shooting and is allowing 62.4 points on 40.1 percent shooting. Jerian Grant is averaging 16.8 points and 6.4 assists while Pat Connaughton is averaging 14 points and 8.4 rebounds. Zach Auguste is grabbing 6.3 rebounds and Demetrius Jackson is shooting 53 percent from the field. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have four double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 72.7 percent from the line and 40.5 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Notre Dame is allowing 335 percent shooting from deep and has allowed 66 or less points in seven of its last 10 games.
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The North Carolina State Wolfpack have split their last 10 games and look for their fifth ACC win. On the season, NC State is averaging 72 points on 45.9 percent shooting and is allowing 64.2 points on 39.3 percent shooting. Trevor Lacey is averaging 16.7 points and 3.2 assists while Ralston Turner is averaging 13.5 points and 3.3 rebounds. Anthony Barber is the third player averaging double-digit points and Kyle Washington is grabbing 4.8 rebounds. The North Carolina State Wolfpack have seven players averaging at least five points, and they’re shooting 67.6 percent from the line and 37.2 percent from downtown. Defensively, NC State is allowing 32.1 percent shooting from deep and has given up 65 or less points in five of its last eight games.
The Fighting Irish are 8-21-1 ATS in their last 30 vs. Atlantic Coast and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS win. The Wolfpack are 36-17-2 ATS in their last 55 vs. Atlantic Coast and 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
North Carolina State matches up well with Notre Dame and should control the glass with its size and length. Add in the home crowd factor, and I like the Wolfpack to pull off the upset here.