Mercer Bears (3-2) at North Carolina State Wolfpack (5-0)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 24, 2018, 5:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: North Carolina State Wolfpack -17.5 -- Over/Under: 148.5
The Mercer Bears and NC State Wolfpack meet Saturday in the college basketball Wolfpack Classic at the PNC Arena.
The Mercer Bears look for a big victory after winning three of their last four games. The Mercer Bears are averaging 71 points on 43.4 percent shooting and allowing 59.8 points on 38.6 percent shooting. Djordje Dimitrijevic is averaging 13.6 points and four assists while Ethan Stair is averaging 10.6 points and 5.2 rebounds. Ross Cummings is the third double-digit scorer and Jaylen Stowe is grabbing 4.4 rebounds. The Mercer Bears are shooting 32.7 percent from beyond the arc and 73 percent from the free throw line. The Mercer Bears are allowing 28.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.2 rebounds per game. The Mercer Bears have lost three straight road games.
The NC State Wolfpack look to keep the ball rolling while building on their 5-0 record. The NC State Wolfpack are averaging 93.4 points on 52.5 percent shooting and allowing 54.6 points on 36.7 percent shooting. Torin Dorn is averaging 18 points and 6.8 rebounds while C.J. Bryce is averaging 12 points and 2.6 assists. Braxton Beverly is dishing 2.5 assists and DJ Funderburk is grabbing five rebounds. The NC State Wolfpack are shooting 41.9 percent from beyond the arc and 74.3 percent from the free throw line. The NC State Wolfpack are allowing 23.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.4 rebounds per game. The NC State Wolfpack have won eight straight home games.
The Bears are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games, 7-2 ATS in their last 9 road games and 12-3 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The Wolfpack are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 4-0 in Wolfpack last 4 overall. The under is 3-0-1 in Bears last 4 overall.
The NC State Wolfpack are beating the hell out of teams, but this will be their biggest test yet against a Mercer Bears who are one of the better defensive teams in the country at the moment. Mercer is top-30 in both points per game allowed and field goal percentage allowed. The Mercer Bears are also one of the best covering teams in the country dating back to last season and the trends are so strong, it's hard to turn down points with them. I'll back Mercer here.