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Virginia vs NC State Basketball Picks 1-24-24

NC State Wolfpack (13-5) vs. Virginia Cavaliers (13-5)
January 24, 2024 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Virginia Cavaliers -3.5; Over/Under: +130
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The NC State Wolfpack and the Virginia Cavaliers meet in college basketball action from the John Paul Jones Arena on Wednesday night. Can the Wolfpack sweep Virginia to bounce back? Or will the Cavaliers get revenge? Let’s dive in and find out with our NC State vs. Virginia Prediction.

NC State Team Preview

The NC State Wolfpack come into this one looking to bounce back from an 84-78 loss at the hands of Virginia Tech last time out. DJ Horne leads the Wolfpack in scoring with 15.1 PPG along with 2.8 APG while Jayden Taylor has 12.2 PPG with 3.8 RPG. DJ Burns Jr. has 12.2 PPG with 4.3 RPG and 2.8 APG while Casey Morsell has 11.7 PPG with 2.9 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 5.9 RPG as well for the Wolfpack and Michael O’Connell leads NC State with 3.1 APG as well this season. As a team, NC State is averaging 77.3 PPG on 44.8% shooting from the field, 32.9% from three and 72.5% from the foul line this season. NC State will meet Syracuse and Miami after this one.

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Virginia Team Preview

The Virginia Cavaliers come into this one looking to build on back-to-back wins after a 75-66 win over Georgia Tech last time out. Reece Beekman leads the Cavaliers in scoring with 13.2 PPG as well as 6.1 APG to lead the Cavaliers in the assist department on the year. Isaac McKneely has 11.9 PPG as the only other double-digit scorer for Virginia so far this season while Ryan Dunn has 9.5 PPG with a team-high 6.8 RPG to lead the Cavaliers on the glass up to this point in the year. As a team, Virginia is averaging 65.5 PPG on 44.7% shooting from the field, 36.3% from three and 65.3% from the foul line this season.

NC State vs. Virginia Prediction

I’m on Virginia here. I just think that NC State’s luck might run out against Virginia’s defense at home as the Wolfpack’s 3-point and 2-point percentages are the worst or near the worst in the conference in ACC play. Virginia has looked pretty good in their last couple of games and I think they do enough to get the win and cover here.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Virginia -3.5

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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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