North Carolina vs. North Carolina State - 1/16/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
North Carolina State Wolfpack (10-7) at North Carolina Tar Heels (15-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Dean Smith Center)
The Line: North Carolina Tar Heels -15 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The NC State Wolfpack and North Carolina Tar Heels meet Saturday at the Dean E. Smith Center.
The NC State Wolfpack could use a nice victory to snap a four-game losing streak. The NC State Wolfpack are averaging 75 points on 41.3 percent shooting and allowing 70.6 points on 41.7 percent shooting. Anthony Barber is averaging 22.5 points and 4.9 assists while Maverick Rowan is averaging 13.5 points and 3.6 rebounds. Abdul-Malik Abu is grabbing 8.3 rebounds and Caleb Martin is dishing 1.6 assists. The NC State Wolfpack are shooting 31.6 percent from beyond the arc and 67.5 percent from the free throw line. NC State is allowing 38.4 percent shooting from deep and is grabbing 42.7 rebounds per game. The NC State Wolfpack have won six of their last 10 road games.
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The North Carolina Tar Heels hope to build on their solid eight-game winning streak. The North Carolina Tar Heels are averaging 87.5 points on 50.2 percent shooting and allowing 71.8 points on 42.2 percent shooting. Brice Johnson is averaging 16.7 points and 10.2 rebounds while Marcus Paige is averaging 15.1 points and 4.1 assists. Justin Jackson is dishing 3.2 assists and Kennedy Meeks is grabbing 6.9 rebounds. The North Carolina Tar Heels are shooting 33.2 percent from beyond the arc and 75.3 percent from the free throw line. North Carolina is allowing 38.4 percent shooting from deep and is grabbing 41.1 rebounds per game. The North Carolina Tar Heels have won 14 of their last 17 home games.
The Wolfpack are 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Tar Heels are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games. The Wolfpack are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in North Carolina and 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings overall.
This is a rivarly game and a matchup the Wolfpack have done a decent job of covering recently. While the Tar Heels are by far the better and deeper team, the Wolfpack will be up for this one and should keep it somewhat close.