Louisville vs. North Carolina State - 2/14/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
North Carolina State Wolfpack (14-11) at Louisville Cardinals (20-4)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 4:00 pm (KFC Yum! Center)
The Line: Louisville Cardinals -11 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The North Carolina State Wolfpack and Louisville Cardinals meet Saturday at the KFC Yum! Center.
The North Carolina State Wolfpack have lost five of their last six games and look for their second ranked win. On the season, NC State is averaging 71.5 points on 44.6 percent shooting and is allowing 66 points on 40.3 percent shooting. Trevor Lacey is averaging 16.6 points and 3.4 assists while Ralston Turner is averaging 12.7 points and three rebounds. Anthony Barber is the third double-digit scorer and Kyle Washington is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The North Carolina State Wolfpack have four players averaging at least 7.6 points, and they’re shooting 67.6 percent from the line and 36.4 percent from deep. Defensively, NC State is allowing 32.9 percent shooting from deep and has given up 68 or more points in four of its last five games.
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The Louisville Cardinals hope to keep things rolling after winning five of their last six games. On the season, Louisville is averaging 71.9 points on 43.9 percent shooting and is allowing 58.4 points on 37.3 percent shooting. Terry Rozier is averaging 18.5 points and 5.7 rebounds while Montrezl Harrell is averaging 15.8 points and 9.2 rebounds. Chris Jones is dishing 3.7 assists and Wayne Blackshear is grabbing 4.6 rebounds. The Louisville Cardinals have four double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 67.1 percent from the line and 30.1 percent from downtown. Defensively, Louisville is allowing 29.1 percent shooting from deep and has given up 63 or less points in five of its last eight games.
The Wolfpack are 6-2-3 ATS in their last 11 road games and 1-3-2 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Cardinals are 3-9-2 ATS in their last 14 home games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
Not sure how the spread is this large. Sure, Lousiville is probably the more complete team but NC State is no slouch. The Wolfpack are deep offensively and have several guys who can get hot while Louisville more relies on just one or two players to score. I really like North Carolina State to cover its seventh road game in its last 12 tries.