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North Carolina State Wolfpack vs. Duke Blue Devils - 1/11/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Duke Blue Devils (14-0) at North Carolina State Wolfpack (11-5)

College Basketball: Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 1:30 pm (PNC Arena)

The Line: North Carolina State Wolfpack +9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: CBS Sports

The Duke Blue Devils will travel to PNC Arena to take on the NC State Wolfpack this Sunday afternoon.

The 2nd ranked Duke Blue Devils stayed perfect on the season, improving to 14-0 (2-0 ACC) after defeating the Wake Forest Demon Deacons 73-65 this past Wednesday. The Blue Devils shot 44.1% from the field and 44.4% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Blue Devils was Justise Winslow who had 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists. Duke is currently ranked 5th in the RPI Standings and has played the 25th ranked SOS. On the season, the Blue Devils have been led by Jahlil Okafor (18.9 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.6 bpg) and Quinn Cook (14.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.4 spg). Offensively, Duke is averaging 84.4 ppg (ranked 5th) on 51.8% shooting (ranked 4th). The Blue Devils are averaging 7.8 three-pointers per game (ranked 53rd) on 38.9% three-point shooting (ranked 34th). Defensively, Duke is holding their opponents to an average of 60.9 ppg (ranked 60th) on 41.3% shooting (ranked 128th). The Blue Devils defend the three well as opponents are shooting only 26.4% from beyond the arc (ranked 6th). Duke has an assist/turnover ratio of 1.49 (ranked 10th) and a rebound margin of 8.3 (ranked 19th).

North Carolina State Wolfpack vs. Duke Blue Devils - 1/11/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The NC State Wolfpack dropped to 11-5 (2-1 ACC) on the season after being defeated by the 3rd ranked Virginia Cavaliers 61-51 this past Wednesday. The Wolfpack shot only 37.7% from the field and was outrebounded by a 39-30 margin in the loss. Leading the way for NC State was Kyle Washington who had 13 points and 10 rebounds. The Wolfpack is currently ranked 43rd in the RPI Standings and has played the 8th ranked SOS. On the season, NC State has been led by Trevor Lacey (16.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.3 apg) and Ralston Turner (13.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.0 apg). The Wolfpack is averaging 71.4 ppg (ranked 99th) on 45.8% shooting (ranked 72nd). NC State is only averaging 11.6 turnovers per game (ranked 50th). Defensively, the Wolfpack is holding their opponents to an average of 62.4 ppg (ranked 98th) on 38.5% shooting (ranked 42nd). NC State is averaging 6.1 bpg (ranked 12th) and have a rebound margin of 6.1 (ranked 12th).

The Blue Devils are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss and just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. the ACC. The Wolfpack are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. loss and 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games vs. the ACC.

Duke had one of their biggest tests of the season against Wake Forest but were able to pull away late to stay perfect on the season. NC State played Virginia very tough as they started off the game on fire from beyond the arc. Both teams have good size and although Duke is the more talented team, I like the points that NC State is getting at home in this one. I’m taking the Wolfpack and the points. 

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