Miami Hurricanes vs North Carolina State Wolfpack Prediction, 1/9/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Miami Hurricanes vs NC State Wolfpack
Date: Saturday, January 9, 2021
Location: PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC
Odds/Point Spread: Miami (+6)
The NC State Wolfpack (6-2) host the Miami Hurricanes (4-5) at PNC Arena on Saturday. Miami opens this contest as 6-point dogs. The over/under opens at 144.
Miami will take the court with a record of 4-5 on the year. The Hurricanes are hitting 27.1% from downtown (48 of 177) and 68.6% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 68.3 points per outing (256th in D-1) while going 42.6% from the floor. They lose possession via turnover 14.7 times per game and as a unit are committing 15.0 fouls per contest. As a team, Miami is pulling down 39.8 boards per game and has accounted for 118 assists this year, which is 172nd in the nation in terms of passing the rock. When they are on defense, the Hurricanes are able to force 14.3 turnovers per game and they draw 18.6 personal fouls. They relinquish 35.7% on shots from downtown and they are ranked 75th in D-1 in points per game allowed (65.1). The Hurricanes defense is giving up a FG percentage of 39.7% (213 of 536) and they relinquish 33.4 boards per contest as a group. They are currently ranked 254th in D-1 in giving up assists with 132 relinquished for the year.
The Miami Hurricanes played the North Carolina Tar Heels and ended up losing by a score of 67-65 in their last game. Miami finished with a 34.9% FG percentage (22 out of 63) and buried 3 of 16 3-point attempts. When they shot from the free throw line, the Hurricanes converted 18 of 22 tries for a rate of 81.8%. In regard to hauling in boards, they collected 31 with 9 of them being of the offensive sort. They also distributed 9 assists for the matchup in addition to earning 14 steals and 7 rejections. In terms of defense, Miami let their opponent shoot 34.9% from the field on 22 out of 63 shooting. North Carolina dished out 13 dimes and had 9 steals for this contest. Furthurmore, the Tar Heels snagged 43 rebounds (13 offensive, 30 defensive) and earned 7 rejections. North Carolina finished the game shooting 72.7% at the free throw line by making 16 of their 22 shots. They converted 9 of 20 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Earl Timberlake is someone who played a role in the matchup. He left the arena with 12 points on 3 out of 13 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 37 minutes played and collected 5 boards. Timberlake finished 23.1% from the field and also totaled 5 dimes. An additional guy that was a major factor in this matchup for the Hurricanes was Elijah Olaniyi. He collected 3 boards and also had 2 assists. He finished shooting 50.0% from the field in this game by shooting 3-of-6 (11 points). When the final whistle blew, Olaniyi played for 19 min.
North Carolina State has a win-loss record of 6-2 for the season. The Wolfpack commit 17.6 fouls per game and they connect on 66.5% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 13.8 times per contest (166th in college basketball) and they cough up possession 12.6 times per game. North Carolina State has tallied 637 pts this season (79.6 per contest) and they collect 34.3 boards per game. On the offensive side of the ball, the Wolfpack are shooting 48.5% from the floor, which is 57th in the nation. The Wolfpack defensively are ranked 88th in college basketball in points per game surrendered with 65.9. They have given up 11.6 assists and 36.4 boards every game, which ranks 110th and 221st in Division 1. The North Carolina State defense surrenders 31.2% on 3-pointers (43 of 138) and their opponents are converting on 65.2% of their shots from the free throw line. They are able to force 19.1 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 43.4% from the field (207th in college basketball).
The last time they took the court, the NC State Wolfpack took a defeat with a final score of 74-70 against the Clemson Tigers. The Wolfpack collected 33 defensive boards and 7 offensive boards totaling 40 for this contest. They also rejected 3 tries while getting 5 steals in this contest. The Tigers had 22 personal fouls for the contest which got the Wolfpack to the free throw line for a total of 24 tries. They were able to bury 17 of them for a clip of 70.8%. In reference to shots from beyond the arc, North Carolina State made 7 of 19 tries (36.8%). When the game finished, the Wolfpack finished the game shooting 23 out of 54 from the field which had them sitting at 42.6%. The Wolfpack allowed the Tigers to convert 31 out of their 69 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 44.9% in this contest. They wrapped up this game 30.0% from 3-point land by going 9 out of 30 and ended up shooting 3 of 9 at the free throw line (33.3%). With respect to how they rebounded, North Carolina State allowed Clemson to snag 34 in total (9 on the offensive side).
D.J. Funderburk ended up being a factor for the Wolfpack in this matchup. He converted 5 of 8 in the game for a rate of 62.5%, which earned him 20 points. Funderburk grabbed 7 rebounds in his 27 mins and had 2 assists in this contest. Another guy that ended being a contributor for North Carolina State was Devon Daniels. He finished with 18 points in 45 minutes played by way of 6 out of 17 from the floor in the game. Daniels wrapped this one up going 35.3% from the floor while also contributing 2 assists and 10 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Miami (+6)
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