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North Carolina State vs. Louisville - 1/7/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Louisville Cardinals (12-2) at North Carolina State Wolfpack (10-4)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 7:00 pm (PNC Arena)

The Line: North Carolina State Wolfpack +6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The Louisville Cardinals and NC State Wolfpack meet Thursday night at the PNC Arena.

The Louisville Cardinals look to build on their impressive 12-2 start to the season. The Louisville Cardinals are averaging 83.6 points on 50.8 percent shooting and allowing 57.4 points on 36.3 percent shooting. Damion Lee is averaging 17.6 points and 1.6 assists while Chinanu Onuaku is averaging 9.6 points and 8.2 rebounds. Quentin Snider is dishing four assists and Donovan Mitchell is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The Louisville Cardinals are shooting 37.8 percent from beyond the arc and 68.2 percent from the free throw line. Louisville is allowing 30.9 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 14.4 turnovers per game. The Louisville Cardinals have split their last 10 road games. Trey Lewis is questionable with an ankle injury.

North Carolina State vs. Louisville - 1/7/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The NC State Wolfpack look to keep rolling after winning six of their last seven games. The NC State Wolfpack are averaging 75.1 points on 41.8 percent shooting and allowing 68.7 points on 40.4 percent shooting. Anthony Barber is averaging 22.9 points and 4.9 assists while Maverick Rowan is averaging 12.6 points and 3.9 rebounds. Caleb Martin is dishing 1.5 assists and Abdul-Malik Abu is grabbing 8.1 rebounds. The NC State Wolfpack are shooting 31.7 percent from beyond the arc and 67.6 percent from the free throw line. NC State is allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 10.7 turnovers per game. The NC State Wolfpack have won 11 of their last 17 home games.

The Cardinals are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. Atlantic Coast and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Wolfpack are 18-7-2 ATS in their last 27 vs. Atlantic Coast and 0-2-2 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games.

NC State is simply not a team that you're going to pushover, and it's led by one of the better players in the country in Cat Barber. We all know how good Louisville is, but the Wolfpack are too experienced and have size in the paint to make this a battle if not win it. Give me the points. 

North Carolina State Wolfpack +6.5

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