North Carolina State Wolfpack vs. Montana Grizzlies - 11/18/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Montana Grizzlies (0-2) at North Carolina State Wolfpack (2-0)
College Basketball: Friday, November 18, 2016 at 6:00 pm (Virgin Islands Sport )
The Line: North Carolina State Wolfpack -11 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Down at the Virgin Islands Sport & Fitness Center in St. Thomas on Friday, we’ve got college basketball activity looming between the Montana Grizzlies and the North Carolina State Wolfpack.
The Grizzlies are coming into this game with an 0-2 record on the year. Montana dropped their opener 75-61 against USC, then lost Monday’s game 73-72 versus Wyoming. In that one, Wyoming’s Justin James got to play the hero, nailing two key free throws with 30 seconds left that ended up being the difference in the game.
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So far this year for Montana, the team has two players averaging in double figures. Ahmaad Rorie sits on 15.5 PPG with 4.0 RPG and Sayeed Pridgett holds 10.5 PPG with 3.0 RPG. Fabijan Krslovic is the Grizzlies’ rebound leader with 9.5 RPG and 8.0 PPG so far.
As for North Carolina State, they’re coming into this game with a 2-0 record so far. The Wolfpack’s first win came against Georgia Southern 81-79, and they followed that up with an 86-61 win over St. Francis Brooklyn on Sunday. In that one, North Carolina State put up a 42-31 advantage in the first half, following that up with a 44-30 mark in the second.
NC State has three players leading the team with a 17.0 PPG average so far: Terry Henderson (6.0 RPG), Maverick Rowan (9.0 RPG) and Ted Kapita (8.0 RPG) all share that mark, but only Henderson played in both games so far. Torin Dorn and Abdul-Malik Abu are also averaging in double figures; Dorn has 16.5 PPG with 9.0 RPG and Abu has 13.5 PPG with 9.0 RPG.
Montana is 5-2-3 ATS in their last 10 games following an ATS loss, and 2-5 ATS in their last seven neutral-site games. Montana is also 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall, and 0-5 ATS in their last five non-conference games.
Meanwhile, North Carolina State is 20-9-2 ATS in their last 31 neutral-site games, and 2-7 ATS in their last nine games following a straight-up win. North Carolina State is also 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven games overall, and 0-4 ATS in their last four Friday games.
Barring some unforeseen disaster, NC State shouldn’t have too much trouble with this game. The Wolfpack has plenty of secondary scoring on a comparatively deep team and ought to run wire-to-wire here. I’ll take North Carolina State for a smooth cover, as the line isn't too bad here.