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North Carolina Tar Heels vs. North Carolina State Wolfpack - 2/24/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

North Carolina State Wolfpack (16-11) at North Carolina Tar Heels (19-8)

College Basketball: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Dean Smith Center)

The Line: North Carolina Tar Heels -11 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ACC Network

The NC State Wolfpack will travel to the Dean E. Smith Center to take on the North Carolina Tar Heels this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.

The NC State Wolfpack improved to 16-11 (7-7 ACC) on the season after defeating the Virginia Tech Hokies, 69-53, this past Saturday. NC State shot 52.1% from the field and 38.5% (10-26) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Wolfpack was Ralston Turner who had 18 points and 2 rebounds. NC State is ranked 48th in the RPI Standings and has played the 3rd ranked SOS. On the season, the Wolfpack have been led by Trevor Lacey (16.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.5 apg) and Ralston Turner (12.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.0 apg). NC State is averaging 71.5 ppg (ranked 79th) on 44.8% shooting (ranked 102nd). The Wolfpack are shooting 36.5% from beyond the arc (ranked 81st) and commit 10.7 turnovers (ranked 21st).  NC State is holding their opponents to an average of 65.5 ppg (ranked 149th) on 40.2% shooting (ranked 67th).  The Wolfpack are pulling down 37.85 total rpg (ranked 35th) and have a rebound margin of 3.6 (ranked 73rd).

North Carolina Tar Heels vs. North Carolina State Wolfpack - 2/24/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The 15th ranked North Carolina Tar Heels improved to 19-8 (9-5 ACC) on the season after defeating the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 89-60, this past Saturday. North Carolina shot 62.3% from the field and 55.6% (5-9) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Tar Heels was Kennedy Meeks who had 18 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 blocks. North Carolina is ranked 13th in the RPI Standings and has played the 2nd ranked SOS. On the season, the Tar Heels have been led by Marcus Paige (13.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.4 apg) and Kennedy Meeks (12.9 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.3 bpg). North Carolina is averaging 79.5 ppg (ranked 13th) on 47.5% shooting (ranked 29th). The Tar Heels average 18.0 apg (ranked 1st) and has a 1.43 assist/turnover ratio (ranked 12th).  North Carolina is holding their opponents to an average of 68.9 ppg (ranked 246th) on 39.6% shooting (ranked 44th).  The Tar Heels pull down 42.37 total rpg (ranked 2nd) and have a rebound margin of 9.1 (ranked 4th).

The Wolfpack are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win and 7-2-3 ATS in their last 12 road games. The Tar Heels are 15-7 ATS in their last 22 games following a ATS win and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.

NC State has won second straight game and continues to make a push for the NCAA tournament. North Carolina snapped a 2 game winning streak with an impressive home win against Georgia Tech. North Carolina can score with the best of them however, NC State has shown that they play with the best teams in the country. I don't think NC State is going to pull off the upset as they did against Duke and Louisville, however, I do think they'll be able to keep this one within the number. Take NC State and the points. 

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NC State Wolfpack +11.0

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