College Basketball Picks: Miami Hurricanes vs. NC State Wolfpack
No. 14 Miami Hurricanes at NC State Wolfpack
Saturday, 2/2/13, 4:00 PM EST, TV: CBS
Opening Point Spread: NC State PK
Current Betting Line: Miami -1
Opening Total: 134.5
Current Total: 134.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Miami has won eight games in a row, including a 73-64 victory over the Virginia Tech Hokies as 9.5-point road favorites, while going OVER the posted total of 135.5. The Hurricanes were led by Shane Larkin’s career-best five 3-pointers on the offensive end, while he’s also managed to rack up 42 steals on the other end of the floor. The squad’s non-conference schedule is second in the country, which is important to consider when making your college basketball picks against the spread. Miami is 8-0 ATS in its last eight Saturday affairs.
The Hurricanes sit atop the Atlantic Coast Conference standings with a perfect 7-0 record, which is 2.5-games better than the Wolfpack. In back-to-back conference road games, Miami is currently 6-13 in the first game and 5-13 in the second game. Only three times has the program managed to produce a 2-0 record in that situation. Over the course of its winning streak, the squad has outshot its opponents 44.9 percent to 36.0 percent from the field.
NC State has alternated wins and losses over its last six games, as it looks to bounce back from a disappointing 58-55 setback to the Virginia Cavaliers as 3.5-point road underdogs, while going UNDER the total for the first time in three contests. The Wolfpack will likely be playing this game without the services of starting point guard Lorenzo Brown, as he suffered a sprained left ankle last time out. He is averaging 13.2 points and has dished off 143 assists on the season. NC State is 10-3-1 ATS in its last 14 conference games, something to keep in mind when looking over the college basketball odds page.
The Wolfpack get 79 percent of their scoring from their starting lineup, while they also happen to be just the ninth group in ACC history to have four 1,000-point scorers on the same team. NC State ranks fourth nationally in shooting 50.3 percent from the floor, which has led directly to scoring 78.6 points per game.
Sports bettors will likely back the Hurricanes due to the road team being 4-0-1 ATS in the last five meetings in this series.
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