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North Carolina State Wolfpack vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons - 3/8/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Wake Forest Demon Deacons (11-19) at North Carolina State Wolfpack (15-16)

College Basketball: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Alltel Arena)

The Line: North Carolina State Wolfpack -4.5 -- Over/Under: 155.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The North Carolina State Wolfpack will play the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in the first round of the ACC tournament.

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons are 11-19 (2-16) and are the #13 seed in the ACC tournament. Wake Forest finished the regular season by losing their last 3 games and is coming off of a loss to Duke by a score of 79-71. Wake Forest defeated North Carolina State at home by a score of 77-74. Wake Forest is averaging 74.1 points per game while giving up 79.2 points per game. Wake Forest is also averaging 38 rebounds per game and 13.9 assists per game. Devin Thomas is averaging 15.7 points per game and 10.1 rebounds per game for Wake Forest. Bryant Crawford is averaging 13.6 points per game and 4.4 assists per game for the Demon Deacons. Wake Forest is shooting 66% on free throws, 31.5% on three-pointers, and 44.2% on all field goal attempts.

North Carolina State Wolfpack vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons - 3/8/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The North Carolina State Wolfpack are 15-16 (5-13) and are the #12 seed in the ACC tournament. North Carolina State finished the regular season by losing 3 of their last 4 games and is coming off of a loss to Notre Dame by a score of 89-75. North Carolina State defeated Wake Forest at home by a score of 99-88. North Carolina State is averaging 74.8 points per game while giving up 73.9 points per game. North Carolina State is also averaging 39.8 rebounds per game and 11.5 assists per game. Anthony Barber is averaging 23.4 points per game and 4.3 assists per game for North Carolina State. Abdul-Malik Abu is averaging 12.9 points per game and 8.7 rebounds per game for the Wolfpack. North Carolina State is shooting 70% on free throws, 34.1% on three-pointers, and 43% on all field goal attempts.

Wake Forest is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games. Wake Forest is 3-13-1 ATS in their last 17 games following an ATS win. The under is 4-1 in Wake Forest’s last 5 neutral site games. North Carolina State is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games. North Carolina State is 19-9-1 ATS in their last 29 neutral site games. The over is 4-0 in North Carolina State’s last 4 neutral site games. The over is 5-0 in these two teams last 5 meetings.

Wake Forest played very poorly in conference play this season but does have one win against North Carolina State. Wake Forest is not very good on defense, giving up about 80 points per game. North Carolina State is the more talented team in this matchup and should win this game. I like North Carolina State here. 

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North Carolina State Wolfpack -4.5

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