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Florida State vs. North Carolina State - 3/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
North Carolina State at Florida State
Date & Time Saturday March 2, 2019, 12:00 PM (EST)
Location
Donald L. Tucker Center
Tallahassee, FL
The Line
Florida State Seminoles -7 -- Over/Under: 153
TV Channel
ESPN2
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NCAA BB | North Carolina State at Florida State
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The NC State Wolfpack will travel to the Donald L. Tucker Center to take on the 18th ranked Florida State Seminoles this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The NC State Wolfpack won their 2nd straight game and improved to 20-8 (8-7 ACC) on the season after defeating the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, 94-74, this past Sunday. NC State led by a 41-32 margin at halftime and was able to pull away in the 2nd half after a taking a 76-55 lead with 5:02 left in regulation. NC State shot 46.3% from the field while holding Wake Forest to just 37.9% from the field and 31.8% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Wolfpack was Markell Johnson who had 25 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal.

On the season, NC State is averaging 82.3 ppg on 47.0% shooting from the field. The Wolfpack are averaging 8.4 three-pointers per game on 36.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, NC State has been led by Torin Dorn (13.9 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.0 spg), C.J. Bryce (12.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.3 spg), Markell Johnson (11.4 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.0 spg), and Braxton Beverly (10.3 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 2.8 apg).

Defensively, NC State is allowing their opponents to average 71.3 ppg on 43.9% shooting from the field. The Wolfpack have a rebound margin of 4.7 and a turnover margin of 3.2.

The 18th ranked Florida State Seminoles improved to 22-6 (10-5 ACC) on the season after defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 68-61, this past Monday. Florida State had their hands full with the Fighting Irish throughout the game, however, was able to pull away later after a 5-0 run gave the Seminoles a 62-57 lead with 1:23 left in regulation. Florida State held Norte Dame to 39.3% shooting from the field and outrebounded Florida State by a 40-26 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Seminoles was Devin Vassell who had 13 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, and a block.

On the season, Florida State is averaging 76.2 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field. The Seminoles are averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 33.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Florida State has been led by Mfiondu Kabengele (13.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.3 bpg), Terance Mann (11.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.4 apg), Trent Forrest (9.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.8 apg, 2.0 spg), and M.J. Walker (7.7 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.8 apg).

Defensively, Florida State is holding their opponents to an average of 67.6 ppg on 41.1% shooting from the field. The Seminoles have a rebound margin of 4.9 and a turnover margin of 1.3.

The Wolfpack are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Seminoles are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win and 5-2 ATS in their 7 games overall.

NC State has won 4 of their last 5 games and come into this game ranked 19th in scoring offense, 54th in FG%, and 179th in scoring defense.

Florida State has won 9 of their last 10 games and have been solid on both sides of the ball as the Seminoles currently rank T-89th in scoring offense, 77th in scoring defense, and 47th in defensive FG%.

NC State has an explosive offense however the Wolfpack have struggled on the road as of late losing 4 of their last 6 games. Florida State has the defense to slow down the Wolfpack offense and between the fact that the Seminoles are 13-1 at home and should be able to put up some points on the NC State defense at home, I’m taking Florida State to cover this spread. Good Luck!

Pick:
Florida State Seminoles -7

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