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North Carolina State vs. Pittsburgh - 1/12/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh at North Carolina State
Date & Time Saturday January 12, 2019, 12:00 PM (EST)
PNC Arena
Raleigh, North Carolina
The Line
The Line: North Carolina State -11.5 -- Over/Under: 157
TV Channel
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The Pittsburgh Panthers and NC State Wolfpack meet Saturday in college basketball action at the PNC Arena.

The Pittsburgh Panthers look for another victory after winning five of their last eight games. The Pittsburgh Panthers are averaging 77 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 65.3 points on 38.4 percent shooting. Xavier Johnson is averaging 16.5 points and 5.1 assists while Trey McGowens is averaging 13.8 points and 3.5 rebounds. Jared Wilson-Frame is the third double-digit scorer and Au'Diese Toney is grabbing 5.9 rebounds. The Pittsburgh Panthers are shooting 33.8 percent from beyond the arc and 70.3 percent from the free throw line. The Pittsburgh Panthers are allowing 28.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.5 rebounds per game. The Pittsburgh Panthers have lost both road games this season.

The NC State Wolfpack look for a big victory to build on their impressive 13-2 record. The NC State Wolfpack are averaging 88.7 points on 51.3 percent shooting and allowing 67.6 points on 42.6 percent shooting. Torin Dorn is averaging 14.3 points and 6.7 rebounds while Markell Johnson is averaging 12.3 points and 4.2 assists. C.J. Bryce is the third double-digit scorer and Devon Daniels is grabbing 4.6 rebounds. The NC State Wolfpack are shooting 39.9 percent from beyond the arc and 69.2 percent from the free throw line. The NC State Wolfpack are allowing 29.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.2 rebounds per game. The NC State Wolfpack have won 10 of their last 11 home games.

The Panthers are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Atlantic Coast and 20-8-1 ATS in their last 29 games overall. The Wolfpack are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 home games, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Panthers are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The under is 11-4 in Wolfpack last 15 home games. The under is 41-14 in Panthers last 55 overall.

We're getting a truckload of points with a really good defensive team in the Pittsburgh Panthers, who have also been a covering machine dating back to last season. Pittsburgh gives up nothing easy on the defensive end and is outscoring teams by 13.8 points in its last five games. It may not be pretty basketball, but there's value to backing the Pittsburgh Panthers, especially when they've covered 20 of their last 29 games. Yes, the NC State Wolfpack are the better team and should win at home, but we're getting a bunch of free buckets with one of the top defensive clubs in college basketball. 

Pittsburgh Panthers +11.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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