North Carolina State Wolfpack vs. Tennessee Volunteers - 12/17/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tennessee Volunteers (4-3) at North Carolina State Wolfpack (8-2)
College Basketball: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 7:00 pm (PNC Arena)
The Line: North Carolina State Wolfpack -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 2
The Tennessee Volunteers will travel to PNC Arena to take on the NC State Wolfpack this Wednesday night.
The Tennessee Volunteers improved to 4-3 on the season with an impressive 67-55 victory over the 15th ranked Butler Bulldogs this past Sunday. Tennessee put forth a strong defensive effort as they held Butler to just 33.3% shooting from the field and used a strong second half to come back from a 9 point deficit at halftime. Leading the way for Tennessee was Josh Richardson who had 20 points on 9-13 shooting and 6 steals. Tennessee did a nice job on the offensive end as they shot 50% (25-50) and only committed 7 turnovers in the game. On the season, the Volunteers have been led by Josh Richardson (16.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.1 apg), Armani Moore (10.7 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.9 apg), and Kevin Punter (10.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.4 apg). Tennessee has a 52nd toughest SOS and have put together back to back quality wins against Kansas State and Butler. Over the past two games, Tennessee has really picked it up defensively as they held Kansas State and Butler to an average of just 59.5 ppg. Offensively, Tennessee is scoring an average of 65.9 ppg (ranked 222nd) on 44.1% shooting (ranked 150th). The Volunteers do a great job at protecting the ball as they are currently only committing 11.6 turnovers per game (ranked 52nd). Defensively, Tennessee is holding their opponents to 66.9 ppg (ranked 189th) on 41.8% shooting (ranked 160th).
USA TODAY Sports
The NC State Wolfpack dropped to 8-2 on the season after they were upset at home against the Wofford Terriers 55-54 this past Sunday. The Terriers held NC State to 42.2% (19-45 FG) shooting and did a nice job of controlling the tempo of the game by only committing 4 turnovers. Leading the way for NC State was Trevor Lacey who had 18 points on 8-12 shooting and 4 assists. The Wolfpack started the season off 6-0 however, have only gone 2-2 over the past 4 games with losses against Purdue and Wofford. Leading the way for NC State have been Trevor Lacey (16.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg, and 3.9 apg), Ralston Turner (13.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg), and Anthony Barber (11.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.5 apg). NC State is currently ranked 61st in the RPI standing and has the 97th ranked SOS. The Wolfpack have been strong defensively as they are holding their opponents to 59.2 ppg (ranked 49th) on just 35.4% shooting (ranked 11th). NC State’s frontcourt does a get job protecting the rim as they currently average 6.9 blocks per game (ranked 5th). Offensively, the Wolfpack is averaging 73.9 ppg (ranked 75th) on 45.3% shooting (ranked 108th). NC State has been getting done on the glass as they are averaging a total of 42.5 rpg (ranked 12th).
The Volunteers are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win and 7-2-2 ATS in their last 11 games following a S.U. win. The Wolfpack are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS loss and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss.
Tennessee has notched a couple of impressive wins over the past week, however, they still are having trouble putting complete games together. Although I like how Tennessee is starting to play, especially on the defensive end, they’ve yet to really prove that they can take their act on the road. NC State will have plenty of motivation after losing to Wofford and I think they will take care of business at home against Tennessee. Take NC State to cover the spread.