North Carolina State vs. Penn State - 11/29/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Penn State Nittany Lions (6-1) at North Carolina State Wolfpack (5-2)
College Basketball: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 7:15 pm (PNC Arena)
The Line: North Carolina State Wolfpack +1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Penn State Nittany Lions and the NC State Wolf Pack face off in a non-conference college basketball tilt on Wednesday night as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
The Penn State Nittany Lions will try to make good on their first true road game of the season, after improving to 6-1 on the year with an 86-48 thrashing of Oral Roberts last time out. Nazeer Bostick and Jamari Wheeler tied for the team lead with 14 points apiece, with Wheeler going 6 for 8 with team highs of 7 rebounds and 5 steals in addition to 4 assists, while Bostick went 5 for 9 with 5 boards. Tony Carr came right behind in 2nd with 13 points and a team-leading 5 assists, while Josh Reaves added 10 points on 4 for 6 shooting with a pair of threes, 3 assists and 4 steals to finish the scoring in double figures for Penn State in the win. Mike Watkins added 8 points along with 6 boards, a pair of steals and 3 blocks, while Lamar Stevens and Satchel Pierce also contributed 6 rebounds apiece. Carr leads Penn State with an average of 20 points and 4.8 assists per game while Stevens is the team’s leading rebounder with 6.7 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Penn State is scoring 82 points per game on 47.9% shooting from the field, 34.4% from behind the arc and 70.7% from the foul line this season.
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The NC State Wolfpack will try to rebound from back-to-back losses that have the team sitting at 5-2 this season after a 67-58 loss to Tennessee last time out. Alterik Freeman struggled for find his shot, going 4 for 18 for a team-high 14 points along with 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Lennard Freeman came 2nd with 11 points on a perfect 4 for 4 shooting with 6 rebounds, while Braxton Beverly and Omer Yurtseven each added 10 points, with Beverly going 5 for 13 with a pair of steals, while Yurtseven added 6 boards to round out the scoring in double figures for the Pack in the loss. Markell Johnson added 3 steals to match his 3 points, while Abdul-Malik Abu added 8 boards for NC State. Freeman leads the team in scoring with an average of 15.9 points per game while Yurtseven is the team’s top rebounder with 6.3 boards per game and Markell Johnson is the team’s top assist man, dishing out 6.9 assists per game this season. As a team, NC State is scoring 81.3 points per game on 45.7% shooting from the field, 27.5% from behind the 3-point line and 70.9% from the foul line this season.
Penn State is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the over is 8-2 in their last 10 road games. NC State is 2-8 ATS in their last 10 against the Big Ten and 2-11 ATS in their last 13 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 7-2 in their last 9 games overall.
Penn State hasn’t played the toughest of schedules to start the year, and it will be interesting to see how they respond in their first road game of the season. However, I’m fearing we are starting to see NC State’s true colors after a pair of back-to-back losses, albeit on a neutral floor, to quality opposition. Penn State definitely falls into the category of quality opposition and I think they add to NC State’s misery with a big road win so I’ll lay the point with the Nittany Lions.