College Basketball Predictions: NC State Wolfpack vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons
No. 18 NC State Wolfpack at Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Tuesday, 1/22/12, 7:00 PM EST, TV: ESPN3
Opening Point Spread: NC State -7.5
Current Betting Line: NC State -7.5
Opening Total: N/A
Current Total: N/A
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NC State earned a 66-62 victory over the Clemson Tigers as 8.5-point home favorites last time out, while going UNDER the total for a second consecutive contest. The Wolfpack will now have a quick turnaround to deal with in this affair, as they were led by reserve T.J. Warren’s 21 points Sunday afternoon. “We’ve got to get our legs back underneath us,” stated Wolfpack head coach Mark Gottfried. It’s important to note that the program has won the last five meetings in this series by an average of 21.4 points. NC State is 8-2-1 ATS in its last 11 ACC games, which is important to consider when looking over the college basketball odds page.
The Wolfpack get 79 percent of their scoring from their current starting five, while 94.3 comes from their top six players. NC State is the only team in the conference with four players ranked among the league’s top 25 scorers. In 14 of 18 contests this season, the squad has shot 50 percent or better from the floor, while also knocking down 53.3 percent of its tries in its 15 wins. A common factor in the team’s three losses has been that each of them occurred away from PNC Arena.
Wake Forest is set to return home to the friendly confines of the Lawrence Joel Coliseum, as it suffered back-to-back losses on the road to the Virginia Tech Hokies and Clemson Tigers, while going UNDER the total in each of those affairs. The Demon Deacons have won both of their ACC home games during the 2012-13 campaign, but they’ll need a big game from Travis McKie in this spot. He has tallied four double-doubles this season, which includes a 20-point and 15-board performance last time out. Wake Forest is 5-0 ATS in its last five opportunities after a straight-up loss, which can’t be ignored when making your NCAA basketball picks.
The Demon Deacons have actually been outscored by less than a point on average this season, while they shoot 43.5 percent from the floor and allow opponents to knock down 43.4 percent of their attempts. Wake Forest is the only school to have two players ranked in the top 10 in the ACC in rebounding, while having two players sit in the top 10 in scoring.
Sports bettors will likely play the total in this affair, as the Wolfpack have gone OVER the total in 10 of their last 14 conference games.
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