North Carolina State Wolfpack vs. Virginia Tech Hokies - 2/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Virginia Tech Hokies (10-16) at North Carolina State Wolfpack (15-11)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 6:00 pm (PNC Arena)
The Line: North Carolina State Wolfpack -13 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 2
The Virginia Tech Hokies will travel to PNC Arena to take on the NC State Wolfpack this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Virginia Tech Hokies dropped to 10-16 (2-11 ACC) on the season after being defeated by the Miami (FL) Hurricanes, 76-52, this past Wednesday. Virginia Tech shot 34.8% from the field and 33.3% (7-21) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Hokies was Adam Smith who had 15 points, 2 rebounds, and 1 steal. Virginia Tech is ranked 209th in the RPI Standings and has played the 94th ranked SOS. On the season, the Hokies have been led by Adam Smith (13.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.0 apg) and Justin Bibbs (12.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.8 apg). Virginia Tech is averaging 65.8 ppg (ranked 209th) on 44.6% shooting (ranked 116th). The Hokies average 7.3 three-pointers per game (ranked 75th) on 38.7% three-point shooting (ranked 36th). Virginia Tech is holding their opponents to an average of 68.2 ppg (ranked 227th) on 42.4% shooting (ranked 155th). The Hokies average just 30.31 total rpg (ranked 326th) and have a rebound margin of -7.1 (ranked 339th).
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The NC State Wolfpack improved to 15-11 (6-7 ACC) on the season after defeating the Louisville Cardinals, 74-65, this past Saturday. NC State shot 44.8% from the field and 37.5% (6-16) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Wolfpack was Anthony Barber who had 21 points, 4 assists, and 2 steals. NC State is ranked 43rd in the RPI Standings and has played the 2nd ranked SOS. On the season, the Wolfpack have been led by Trevor Lacey (16.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.4 apg) and Ralston Turner (12.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.0 apg). NC State is averaging 71.6 ppg (ranked 76th) on 44.6% shooting (ranked 113th). The Wolfpack average just 10.8 turnovers per game (ranked 28th) and shoot 36.4% from beyond the arc (ranked 84th). NC State is holding their opponents to an average of 66.0 ppg (ranked 163rd) on 40.0% shooting (ranked 61st). The Wolfpack are pulling down 38.23 total rpg (ranked 30th) and have a rebound margin of 3.5 (ranked 74th).
The Hokies are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss however, just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games. The Wolfpack are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win and 19-6-2 ATS in their last 27 vs. the ACC.
Virginia Tech has lost 5 of their last 6 and once again are really struggling from the floor as they've only averaged 53 points in their last 2 contests. NC State picked up a huge road victory against Louisville to keep their NCAA at-large bid alive after they dropped 5 of their previous 6 games. NC State knows that they can't afford any bad losses, especially at home if they are going to make the Big Dance in March. I think NC State takes advantage of their size and pulls away in the second half of this one in a big victory. I'm taking NC State to cover this large spread.