NC State vs. Boston College - 3/2/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston College Eagles (7-22) at North Carolina State Wolfpack (14-15)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 9:00 pm (PNC Arena)
The Line: North Carolina State Wolfpack -15.5 -- Over/Under: 135.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ACC RSN's; ESPN College Extra
The Boston College Eagles will travel to PNC Arena to take on the NC State Wolfpack this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The Boston College Eagles remained winless in ACC play this season and dropped to 7-22 (0-16 ACC) on the season after being defeated by the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 76-71, this past Saturday. Boston College was down by a 48-35 margin in this one and although they made it competitive in the 2nd half, couldn’t fight back to get the win. Boston College shot 49.1% from the field and 47.6% (10-21) from beyond the arc. The Eagles allowed the Yellow Jackets to shoot 55.0% from the field and 45.5% (5-11) from three-point range. Leading the way for Boston College was Eli Cater who had 25 points, 9 assists, 4 rebounds, and 1 block. On the season, the Eagles have been led by Eli Carter (16.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.1 spg), Jerome Robinson (11.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.4 spg), and Dennis Clifford (9.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.2 bpg). Offensively, Boston College is averaging 61.1 ppg on 40.7% shooting from the field and 32.9% shooting from beyond the arc. The Eagles average 7.4 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.92. Defensively, Boston College is allowing their opponents to average 70.0 ppg on 45.2% shooting. The Eagles have a rebound margin of -5.6 and a turnover margin of 0.6.
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The NC State Wolfpack lost their 2nd consecutive game and dropped to 14-15 (4-12 ACC) on the season after being defeated by the Syracuse Orange, 75-66, this past Saturday. NC State was down by a 34-26 margin at halftime and although the Wolfpack was able to cut into a 14-point lead late in the 2nd half, they couldn’t get the comeback victory. NC State struggled offensively in this one as they shot just 37.3% from the field and 23.5% (4-17) from beyond the arc. The Wolfpack allowed the Orange to shot 46.4% from the field and 37.5% (12-32) from three-point range. Leading the way for NC State was Abdul-Malik Abu who had a double-double with 14 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, and a steal. On the season, the Wolfpack have been led by Anthony Barber (23.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 4.3 apg), Maverick Rowan (12.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg), and Abdul-Malik Abu (12.7 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 1.2 apg). Offensively, NC State is averaging 74.8 ppg on 42.8% shooting from the field and 33.8% shooting from beyond the arc. The Wolfpack average 6.0 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.03. Defensively, NC State is allowing their opponents to average 73.5 ppg on 43.4% shooting. The Wolfpack have a rebound margin of 4.7 and average 4.7 steals per game.
The Eagles are 7-15-1 ATS in their last 23 games overall and 2-10 ATS in their last 12 road games. The Wolfpack are 16-4-1 ATS in their last 21 Wednesday games and 21-8-1 ATS in their last 30 games following a ATS loss.
Boston College is having a season to forget as the Eagles remain winless in the ACC as they continue to struggle on the offensive end ranking 341st in college basketball in scoring offensive and 306th in offensive FG%. NC State has one of the best players in the ACC in Anthony Barber however, have struggled in ACC play this season as has been just average on both sides of the ball as they rank 139th in the country in scoring offense and 221st in scoring defense. Boston College is averaging just 51.0 ppg on the road this season and as NC State should be able to put up some points on the Eagles average defense, I think the Wolfpack win this one big and cover this large spread.