College Basketball Betting Picks: North Carolina Tar Heels vs. NC State Wolfpack
North Carolina Tar Heels at No. 18 NC State Wolfpack
Saturday, 1/26/12, 7:00 PM EST, TV: ESPN
Opening Point Spread: NC State -5
Current Betting Line: NC State -5.5
Opening Total: 153
Current Total: 154
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
North Carolina has won three consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference games after starting 0-2 in conference play, as it comes off a 79-63 victory over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets as 11-point home favorites, while going OVER the total for the first time in six contests. The Tar Heels have won 19 of the last 20 meetings in this particular series, including 13 consecutive wins. North Carolina is 4-0 ATS in its last four Saturday contests, something to consider when looking over the college basketball odds page.
The Tar Heels are definitely going to attract some action as a road underdog in this spot, consider head coach Roy Williams has compiled a dominating 24-1 record against the Wolfpack, which includes a 5-0 mark during his time with the Kansas Jayhawks. North Carolina has split its two games versus nationally-ranked opponents this year, as it dropped an 83-59 loss to Indiana, while picking up a 79-73 home win over UNLV. Williams has also directed the program to a 49-25 mark on the road in ACC play during his time in Chapel Hill.
NC State will put its perfect 11-0 home record on the line Saturday, as it has alternated wins and losses over its last four games, coming off a 86-84 setback to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons as eight-point road favorites. The current Wolfpack squad is only the ninth in ACC history to have four 1,000-point scorers on the same team. After leading the nation for several weeks, the team now ranks third nationally in field goal percentage at 51 percent. NC State is 8-3-1 ATS in its last 12 conference games, which is important to consider when making your college basketball picks against the spread.
The Wolfpack have five players averaging 10 or more points, with junior forward C.J. Leslie leading the way, scoring 15.3 points and grabbing 6.8 rebounds per game. NC State leads the ACC in averaging 79.2 points per game, which is the 11th-best mark in all of college basketball. It’s important to note that the squad has averaged just 65.5 points a game in its last four contests.
Sports bettors will likely back the Tar Heels due to the road team being 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings in this series.
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