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North Carolina State vs. Syracuse - 2/13/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Syracuse at North Carolina State
Date & Time Wednesday February 13, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
PNC Arena
Raleigh, North Carolina
The Line
The Line: North Carolina State -3.5 -- Over/Under: 144.5
TV Channel
ACC
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The Syracuse Orange and NC State Wolfpack meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the PNC Arena.

The Syracuse Orange look for another win after winning six of their last eight games. The Syracuse Orange are averaging 70.5 points on 42.9 percent shooting and allowing 64 points on 39.4 percent shooting. Tyus Battle is averaging 17.9 points and 3.2 rebounds while Elijah Hughes is averaging 14 points and 1.5 assists. Oshae Brissett is the third double-digit scorer and Frank Howard is grabbing 1.9 rebounds. The Syracuse Orange are shooting 32.8 percent from beyond the arc and 68.9 percent from the free throw line. The Syracuse Orange are allowing 31.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.7 rebounds per game. The Syracuse Orange have won five of their last six road games.

The NC State Wolfpack need a win here after losing five of their last eight games. The NC State Wolfpack are averaging 82.1 points on 47 percent shooting and allowing 70.5 points on 44 percent shooting. Torin Dorn is averaging 13.6 points and 6.6 rebounds while C.J. Bryce is averaging 12.5 points and 1.8 assists. Markell Johnson is the third double-digit scorer and Devon Daniels is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The NC State Wolfpack are shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 69.5 percent from the free throw line. The NC State Wolfpack are allowing 30.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.8 rebounds per game. The NC State Wolfpack have won 12 of their last 15 home games.

The Orange are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 vs. Atlantic Coast, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Wolfpack are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. Atlantic Coast and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The road team is 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings and the over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The under is 5-1 in Wolfpack last 6 home games. The over is 29-13-1 in Orange last 43 road games.

This is pretty much a must-win game if NC State is going to save its season, and the Wolfpack play their best ball by far at home where they're winning by an average of 18.3 points. The problem is NC State has lost five of its last eight games and enters this contest shooting just 38.1 percent from the field in its last five games. It's tough to beat Syracuse when you can't make shots, as the zone forces outside shots. The Syracuse Orange have shown all year they can win on the road and have a defense that travels. Win or lose, we're getting a free bucket with the better and more consistent team. I'll take it. 

Pick:
Syracuse +3.5

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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