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North Carolina State vs. Syracuse - 3/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Syracuse Orange (18-12) at North Carolina State Wolfpack (18-12)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 12:00 pm (PNC Arena)

The Line: North Carolina State Wolfpack -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: CBS

The Syracuse Orange and North Carolina State Wolfpack meet Saturday at the PNC Arena.

The Syracuse Orange look for a win after losing four of their last six games. On the season, Syracuse is averaging 68 points on 43.3 percent shooting and is allowing 63.1 points on 40.5 percent shooting. Rakeem Christmas is averaging 17.6 points and nine rebounds while Trevor Cooney is averaging 13.5 points and 2.2 assists. Michael Gbinije is the third double-digit scorer and Tyler Roberson is grabbing 7.1 rebounds. The Syracuse Orange have four players averaging at least eight points, and they’re shooting 66 percent from the line and 30.2 percent from deep. Defensively, Syracuse is allowing 31.3 percent shooting from deep and has given up 65 or less points in five of its last seven games.

North Carolina State vs. Syracuse - 3/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The North Carolina State Wolfpack look to stay hot after winning four of their last five games. On the season, NC State is averaging 70.6 points on 43.8 percent shooting and is allowing 65.2 points on 40 percent shooting. Trevor Lacey is averaging 16 points and 3.4 assists while Ralston Turner is averaging 13.2 points and 3.3 rebounds. Anthony Barber is the third double-digit scorer and Kyle Washington is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The North Carolina State Wolfpack have four players averaging at least 7.4 points, and they’re shooting 67.8 percent from the line and 36.4 percent from deep. Defensively, NC State is allowing 33.1 percent shooting from deep and has given up 65 or less points in five of its last six games.

The Orange are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 road games and  3-10-1 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Wolfpack are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Orange are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings. 

With everything going on with Syracuse off the court and the fact this is its last game, I don't expect a real motivated team. Look for NC State to come out swinging and cover the number with ease. 

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North Carolina State Wolfpack -5.5

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