North Carolina State Wolfpack vs. Virginia Cavaliers Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/11/14
Virginia Cavaliers (11-4) at North Carolina State Wolfpack (11-4)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 5:00 pm (PNC Arena)
The Line: North Carolina State Wolfpack +2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Virginia Cavaliers travel to N.C. State to play the Wolfpack on Saturday.
Virginia improved to 11-4 on the season after beating Wake Forest 74-51 at home on Wednesday night. The Cavaliers shot an impressive 50% from the field and 50% from behind the arc in the win. Virginia reached the free-throw line 23 times and shot only 65%. Malcolm Brogdon scored 14 points for Virginia, who started the game with a 22-6 run and never let the lead slip away. Joe Harris and Justin Anderson added 11 points each for the Cavaliers, who scored a season-high 41 first-half points. On the year, Harris leads the team with 10.3 points per game. Anderson is chipping in with 9.9 points per game, while Mitchell leads the Cavaliers with 6.1 rebounds per contest. As a team, Virginia is shooting 44.1% from the field and is scoring 65.2 points per game. Virginia is a decent rebounding team, pulling down 37.8 boards per game. This will be Virginia’s fourth road game of the year; the Cavaliers are 1-2 away from home so far this season.
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N.C. State improved to 11-4 on the year after winning at Notre Dame 77-70 on Tuesday night. The Wolfpack shot 41.4% from the field and 30.8% from three-point range. N.C. State reached the free throw line 32 times and hit 78.1% of their shots. T.J. Warren scored 17 points and the Wolfpack outscored Notre Dame 25-9 at the free-throw line. Desmond Lee and Ralston Turner added 12 points each and the Wolfpack bench outscored the reserves 23-9. On the season, Warren averages a team-high 23.4 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Anthony Barber is averaging 12.3 points per game and a team-high 4.5 assists. The Wolfpack are averaging 74.5 points per game while shooting 47.3% from the field. N.C. State is averages at best when it comes to rebounding and distributing the ball on offense. After winning 7 games in a row, the Wolfpack have gone 2-2 in their last four games. N.C. State has lost three games at home already this year to the likes of NCCU, Missouri, and Pittsburgh.
These two teams have split the last four meetings with N.C. State winning the last matchup by 19-points last year. These two teams are evenly matched all-around, but I think Virginia’s defense will be the key in this one. The Cavaliers have gone on the road already in conference play and have played great defense to earn a win. N.C. State is coming off a big win and this could be a prime letdown spot at home. I think Virginia will find a way to win this game down the stretch.