North Carolina State Wolfpack (16-7) at Virginia Tech Hokies (16-7)
|Date & Time||Wednesday February 7, 2018, 9:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Virginia Tech Hokies -5 -- Over/Under: 161.5
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The NC State Wolfpack will travel to Cassell Coliseum to take on the Virginia Tech Hokies this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The NC State Wolfpack won their 3rd straight game and improved to 16-7 (6-4 ACC) on the season after defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 76-58, this past Saturday. NC State was outstanding on the defensive end against the Fighting Irish and had no trouble pulling away for the victory in the 2nd half after going into halftime with a 37-21 lead. NC State held Notre Dame to 38.9% shooting from the field and 33.3% (8-24) from beyond the arc in the win. Leading the way for the Wolfpack was Torin Dorn who had 21 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 blocks, and a steal. On the season, NC State is averaging 80.8 ppg on 45.9% shooting from the field. The Wolfpack are averaging 7.1 three-pointers per game on 33.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, NC State has been led by Allerik Freeman (14.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.1 spg), Torin Dorn (13.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.0 spg), Omer Yurtseven (13.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.8 bpg), and Braxton Beverly (10.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 4.1 apg). Defensively, NC State is allowing their opponents to average 72.7 ppg on 45.2% shooting from the field. The Wolfpack have a rebound margin of 2.4 and a turnover margin of 3.3.
The Virginia Tech Hokies had their 3-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 16-7 (5-5 ACC) on the season after being defeated by the Miami Hurricanes, 84-75, this past Saturday. Virginia Tech struggled defensively against the Hurricanes and couldn’t fight all the way back after Miami took a 48-32 lead early in the 2nd half. Virginia Tech allowed Miami to shoot 50.9% from the field and 47.6% (10-21) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Hokies was Justin Robinson who had 22 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, and a steal. On the season, Virginia Tech is averaging 84.7 ppg on 51.2% shooting from the field. The Hokies are averaging 9.3 three-pointers per game on 40.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Virginia Tech has been led by Justin Bibbs (14.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.7 apg), Ahmed Hill (13.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.2 apg), Kerry Blackshear Jr. (13.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.0 bpg), and Justin Robinson (12.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 5.7 apg, 1.3 spg). Defensively, Virginia Tech is allowing their opponents to average 73.7 ppg on 43.0% shooting from the field. The Hokies have a rebound margin of 0.0 and a turnover margin of 0.7.
The Wolfpack are 11-23-1 ATS in their last 35 games vs. ACC opponents and just 5-17 ATS in their last 22 road games. The Hokies are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Wednesday games, however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.
NC State has won 4 of their last 5 games, which included an impressive overtime victory on the road against North Carolina, and come into this matchup led by their offense that ranks 41st in scoring offense and 122nd in FG%. Virginia Tech has won 5 of their last 8 games and has one of the more explosive offenses in the country as they Hokies currently rank 18th in scoring offense, 5th in FG%, and 22nd in 3P-FG%. Virginia Tech has an impressive offense, however, the Wolfpack have looked good on the road as of late and as I think that the NC State offense will be able to keep up with the Hokies in this one, I’m taking NC State and the points.