Pittsburgh Panthers (5-3) vs. NC State Wolfpack (7-1)
December 2, 2022 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: NC State Wolfpack -7 / Pittsburgh Panthers +7; Over/Under: 146.5
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The Pittsburgh Panthers and the NC State Wolfpack meet Friday in college basketball action from PNC Arena. Pittsburgh comes into this one at 5-3 overall. The Panthers beat Northwestern in their last game. As for NC State, they got a win over William & Mary in their last outing to move to 7-1 on the season. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Pittsburgh went just 1-3 over their first four games with losses to West Virginia, Michigan and VCU. The Panthers hit a win streak after that however, taking out Alabama State, Fairleigh Dickinson and William & Mary over the next trio.
On Monday versus Northwestern, Pittsburgh kept it going with another win. The Panthers scored 37 points in the first half and 50 more from the break to take an 87-58 win. Blake Hinson topped the team on 22 points with eight boards.
Over on the NC State side, they won their first four games this year over Austin Peay, Campbell, FIU and Elon. After a loss to Kansas, the Wolfpack beat Dayton, Butler and William & Mary over the next three outings.
Matched up against William & Mary on Tuesday, NC State had a 43-28 advantage by halftime. The Wolfpack would go on to an 85-64 victory. Casey Morsell led the way on 23 points, and Terquavion Smith added 13 points with seven assists.
PICK: I’m going with NC State. The Wolfpack are coming off an effective outing versus an overmatched William & Mary team, shooting 49.2 percent from the field with 42 rebounds, 18 assists and 11 steals. The Wolfpack have just the one blemish against a great Kansas team so far this year—and even that one was pretty close. NC State has hit 73 or more points in every game this year and should be able to hang a solid total on Pittsburgh as well. I don’t think the Panthers will keep pace for long.