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Pittsburgh vs NC State Basketball Picks 3-9-24

NC State Wolfpack (17-13) vs. Pittsburgh Panthers (20-10)
March 9, 2024 7:45 pm EDT
The Line: Pittsburgh Panthers -6.5; Over/Under: +145.5
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The NC State Wolfpack and the Pitt Panthers meet in college basketball action from the Petersen Events Center on Saturday night. Who comes out on top in Saturday’s ACC tilt? Let’s dive in and find out with our NC State vs. Pitt Prediction.

NC State Team Preview

The NC State Wolfpack come into this game looking to snap a three-game losing streak after a 79-64 loss to Duke last time out. DJ Horne leads the Wolfpack in scoring with 17.2 PPG along with 2.2 APG while Jayden Taylor has 11.8 PPG with 3.6 RPG. DJ Burns Jr. has 12.1 PPG with 4 RPG and 2.6 APG while Casey Morsell has 11.5 PPG with 3 RPG to cap off the scoring in double figures for NC State up to this point in the year. Mohamed Diarra has a team-high 6.6 RPG as well for the Wolfpack and Michael O’Connell leads NC State with 3 APG as well this season. As a team, NC State is averaging 75.6 PPG on 44.4% shooting from the field, 34.5% from three and 72.2% from the foul line this season.

Pitt Team Preview

The Pitt Panthers come into this game looking to build on back-to-back wins after an 88-73 win over Florida State in their last matchup. Blake Hinson leads the Panthers in scoring with 18.8 PPG along with 4.6 RPG while Ishmael Leggett has 12 PPG with a team-high 5.4 RPG to lead Pitt on the glass this season in addition to 2.1 APG. Carlton Carrington has 13.3 PPG with 5.2 RPG and also a team-high 4.2 APG to lead the Panthers in the assist department up to this point in the year, rounding out the group of double-digit scorers for Pitt so far this season. As a team, Pitt is averaging 75.6 PPG on 43.5% shooting from the field, 35.6% from three and 70% from the foul line this season.

NC State vs. Pitt Prediction

I’m on Pitt here. This is a fair number of points to give up to a solid NC State team, but the reality is that the Wolfpack have been falling apart at the worst time now that the conference tournament is around the corner while Pitt’s been hitting their stride. I think this is a smash spot for Pitt on Senior night, so give me the Panthers at home here.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Pitt -6.5

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Chris Ruffolo

Chris joined the Sports Chat Place team in August 2016 and has a proven system that combines multiple analytical and situational statistics and trends to give out thousands of winning picks over the last three years with winning records across all of the top leagues, Follow Chris Ruffolo on Twitter @ruffthepickdawg

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