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Creighton Bluejays vs. North Carolina State Wolfpack - 11/20/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

North Carolina State Wolfpack (3-0) at Creighton Bluejays (3-0)

College Basketball: Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 8:30 pm (Virgin Islands Sport )

The Line: Creighton Bluejays -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


Down at the Virgin Islands Sport & Fitness Center in St. Thomas on Sunday, the North Carolina State Wolfpack will be meeting up with the Creighton Bluejays in college basketball action. 

NC State enters this game with a 3-0 record on the season so far. The Wolfpack has bagged wins against Georgia Southern 81-79, against St. Francis Brooklyn 86-61 and against Montana 85-72. In the Montana game, Abdul Malik Abu helped NC State overcome a 40-38 halftime deficit with 25 points. 

Creighton Bluejays vs. North Carolina State Wolfpack - 11/20/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction


Leading the way in scoring for the Wolfpack, Abu has 17.3 PPG with 8.7 RPG. Maverick Rowan and Ted Kapita are each averaging 17.0 PPG, with Rowan tallying 9.0 RPG and Kapita 8.0 RPG. Torin Dorn (16.3 PPG; 7.7 RPG) and Terry Henderson (14.0 PPG) are also in double figures for NC State. 

Over on the Creighton side, they’re entering play here with a 3-0 record as well. The Bluejays have notched wins over UMKC 89-82, Wisconsin 79-67 and Washington State 103-77. In that game, Creighton jumped out to a 60-36 advantage after the first half and cruised to the victory. 

On the season so far for the Bluejays, Marcus Foster is leading the scoring with 16.7 PPG, and Maurice Watson Jr. is averaging a double-double with 13.7 PPG and 10.7 APG. Khyri Thomas and Justin Patton are also averaging in double figures for Creighton, with Thomas holding 13.0 PPG and Patton sitting on 10.7 PPG. 

North Carolina State is 3-0-1 ATS in their last four neutral-site games, and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight-up win. North Carolina State is also 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight games overall, and the over is 6-1 in the Wolfpack’s last seven neutral-site games. 

As for Creighton, they’re 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall, and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games. Creighton is also 5-2 ATS in their last seven neutral-site games, and 4-1 ATS in their last five games versus a team with a winning straight-up record. 

This game ought to be pretty close, or at least closer than some people think. NC State’s wins have come against outclassed competition, but to their credit they’ve received some pretty deep scoring performances. Creighton was quite impressive in the Washington State game—at least in the first half—and with Watson running the floor I can see a pretty balanced effort coming here. I’ll take Creighton to cover in a fun-to-watch and competitive game.

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