Duke vs. North Carolina State - 3/2/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Duke vs. North Carolina State - 3/2/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

North Carolina State Wolfpack (18-11) at Duke Blue Devils (23-6)

College Basketball: Monday, March 2, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Cameron Indoor Stadium)

The Line: Duke Blue Devils -13 -- Over/Under: 151

TV: ESPN

The NC State Wolfpack and the Duke Blue Devils meet in college basketball action from Cameron Indoor Stadium on Monday. 

NC State enters this one at 18-11 so far. In the last five games, NC State is 2-3, losing to Boston College, Florida State and North Carolina while beating Duke and Pittsburgh otherwise. 

In the win over Pitt, NC State’s leading scorers were CJ Bryce and Jericole Hellems, each with 16 points and a combined two assists and 10 rebounds. Derek Funderburk added 14 points and seven rebounds there, and Manny Bates had 13 points and 10 rebounds. 

Over on the Duke side, they’re 23-6 this year. In their last four games, Duke is 1-3, beating Virginia Tech while otherwise dropping to NC State, Wake Forest and Virginia in that time. 

In the loss to Virginia, Duke’s only two double-digit scorers were Vernon Carey and Tre Jones, each with 17 points. Jones added two assists and five rebounds there, Carey doubled up on 10 rebounds, and Javin DeLaurier chipped in six points with two boards there. 

Duke is 12-5-1 ATS in the last 18 after a straight-up loss and 2-6 ATS in the last eight overall. The over is 20-8 in Duke’s last 28 overall and the under is 4-1 in their last five Monday games. 

Meanwhile, NC State is 2-7 ATS in the last nine after a straight-up win and 1-4 ATS in their last five overall. The over is 5-2 in NC State’s last seven overall and 4-1 in their last five Monday games. 

Since their shocking win over Duke on February 19, NC State is 1-2, with two six-point losses to Florida State and UNC prior to a four-point win over Pitt. Overall, NC State has been scoring pretty well lately, with 77 or more points in three of their last four outings. 

As for Duke, I don’t really know what to think of them anymore. I can understand the 52-50 loss to a surging Virginia team, but the Wake defeat was just inexcusable for one of the top teams in the country. That said, coming back home Duke should play better so I’m leaning that way here even though I’m not thrilled about it. 

Andrew’s Pick Duke Blue Devils -13

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.