Virginia vs. North Carolina State - 2/15/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
North Carolina State Wolfpack (13-12) at Virginia Cavaliers (20-5)
College Basketball: Monday, February 15, 2016 at 7:00 pm (John Paul Jones Arena)
The Line: Virginia Cavaliers -12.5 -- Over/Under: 133 See the Latest Odds
The Virginia Cavaliers and the NC State Wolfpack face off on Monday in ACC college basketball action.
The Virginia Cavaliers are 20-5 this season and they are coming off of a last second loss at Duke that ended a seven game winning streak. Virginia is averaging 71 points per game and they are shooting 49.4 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 59.8 points and their opponents are shooting 41.7 percent. Malcolm Brogdon leads the Cavaliers averaging 17.7 points per game. Anthony Gill is averaging 14.2 points and 5.8 rebounds, London Perrantes is averaging 11 points, and Mike Tobey is averaging 7.1 points. Virginia is 12-0 at home and 9-4 in the ACC.
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The NC State Wolfpack are 13-12 this season and they are coming off of a win over Wake Forest that ended a two game losing skid. NC State is averaging 76.2 points per game and they are shooting 43.1 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 73.2 points and their opponents are shooting 42.7 percent. Anthony “Cat” Barber leads the Wolfpack averaging 24.1 points per game. Maverick Rowan is averaging 13.1 points, Abdul-Malik Abu is averaging 12.8 points and 8.6 rebounds, and Caleb Martin is averaging 11 points. NC State is 3-5 on the road and 3-9 in the ACC.
Virginia is 4-1 against the spread in their last five games, 4-0 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 1-4 against the spread in their last five games following a win. NC State is 4-0 against the spread in their last four games, 4-1 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread, and 1-4 against the spread following a win. The road team has covered the point spread in 16 of the last 21 meetings of these two teams.
I expect a tough defensive battle and I have this one staying under the total and that is my free pick.