North Carolina State Wolfpack vs. North Carolina Tar Heels - 1/14/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
North Carolina Tar Heels (12-4) at North Carolina State Wolfpack (12-5)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 7:00 pm (PNC Arena)
The Line: North Carolina State Wolfpack +3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 2
The North Carolina Tar Heels will travel to PNC Arena to take on the NC State Wolfpack this Wednesday night.
The North Carolina Tar Heels defeated the 5th ranked Louisville Cardinals 72-71 to improve to 12-4 (2-1 ACC) on the season. The Tar Heels outrebounded the Cardinals by a 40-30 margin and shot 41.7% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for North Carolina was Brice Johnson who had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. The Tar Heels are currently ranked 14th in the RPI Standings and have played the 6th ranked SOS. On the season, North Carolina has been led by Kennedy Meeks (12.8 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 1.5 bpg) and Brice Johnson (11.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.0 bpg). Offensively, the Tar Heels are averaging 79.6 ppg (ranked 16th) on 45.2% shooting (ranked 95th). North Carolina is currently averaging 4.8 three-pointers per game (ranked 302nd) on 31.0% shooting (ranked 271st). The Tar Heels have a 1.4 assist/turnover ratio (ranked 21st). Defensively, North Carolina is holding their opponents to 64.8 ppg (ranked 152nd) on 36.2% shooting. The Tar Heels grab 27.75 defensive rpg (ranked 16th) and 44.75 total rpg (ranked 2nd).
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The North Carolina State Wolfpack improved to 12-5 (3-1 ACC) after upsetting the 2nd ranked Duke Blue Devils 87-75 this past Sunday. The Wolfpack shot 55.0% from the field and 62.5% (10-16) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for North Carolina State was Trevor Lacey who had 21 points and 4 rebounds. The Wolfpack is currently ranked 32nd in the RPI Standings and has played the 7th ranked SOS. On the season, North Carolina State has been led by Trevor Lacey (16.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.1 apg) and Ralston Turner (13.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.0 apg). Offensively, the Wolfpack are averaging 72.4 ppg (ranked 77th) on 46.4% shooting (ranked 53rd). North Carolina State is shooting 38.1% as a team from beyond the arc (ranked 48th). Defensively, the Wolfpack are holding their opponents to 63.2 ppg (ranked 121st) on 38.4% shooting (ranked 41st). North Carolina State is averaging 6.3 bpg (ranked 7th). The Wolfpack is averaging 27.53 defensive rpg (ranked 19th) and 38.59 total rpg (ranked 43rd).
The Tar Heels are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games however, just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Wednesday games. The Wolfpack are 23-9 ATS in their last 32 games vs. the ACC and 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a ATS win.
NC State picked up a huge win against Duke however, I just don’t see this team able to put up a similar offensive effort against the Tar Heels. North Carolina got a signature win over Louisville and I think that they will continue to ride this positive momentum against NC State. I think that Tar Heels will put too much offensive pressure on the NC State defensive and will run away with this one in the second half. Take UNC to cover this small spread.