Austin Peay Governors (0-0) vs. NC State Wolfpack (0-0)
November 7, 2022 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: NC State Wolfpack -12.5 / Austin Peay Governors +12.5 ; Over/Under: 144
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The Austin Peay Governors and the NC State Wolfpack meet Monday in college basketball action from PNC Arena. Austin Peay managed to go 12-17 overall last year, finishing near the middle of the Ohio Valley Conference standings. As for NC State, they went just 11-21 last season for a last-place finish in the ACC. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Austin Peay’s last season in the Ohio Valley Conference (they’re in the ASUN this year) wasn’t quite so remarkable. The Governors went 12-17 overall with an 8-10 record in the conference. That left the team in sixth place in the standings.
Austin Peay kicked off conference play last year by losing five of their first six games. The Governors were only able to win more than two consecutive games (3) once, and fell to Tennessee Tech in their first outing of the OVC tournament.
Over on the NC State side, they had a forgettable year in 2021-22. The Wolfpack posted a rough 11-21 record overall and a 4-16 mark in Atlantic Coast Conference play. That result put NC State in last place, one game behind Georgia Tech.
NC State was able to open the season at 7-2, but they wouldn’t win consecutive games again all year. The Wolfpack finished off the regular season with a four-game losing streak, then lost to Clemson in the first round of the conference tourney.
The Governors are 2-5 ATS in their last seven overall and the under is 4-0 in their last four Monday games. NC State is 17-36-1 ATS in their last 54 at home and 14-35-2 ATS in their last 51 overall.
PICK: I’m staying with NC State but probably not touching this one. The Wolfpack should take a step forward this season (it would be hard for the team to be worse) thanks to a host of incoming transfers who should help revive the program. Jarkel Joiner (Ole Miss), Jack Clark (La Salle) and DJ Burns should immediately give the team a shot in the arm. If all goes well and the new players gel together it wouldn’t be crazy to think NC State could finish in the upper half of the ACC by year’s end.