North Carolina State Wolfpack vs Colorado State Rams Prediction, 3/25/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: NC State Wolfpack vs Colorado State Rams
Date: Thursday, March 25, 2021
Location: Comerica Center in Frisco, TX
Odds/Point Spread: North Carolina State (+1)
The Colorado State Rams (19-6) play the NC State Wolfpack (14-10) at Comerica Center on Thursday in the NIT Quarterfinals. Colorado State opens this game as 1-point favorites. The total opens at 148.
North Carolina State will enter this contest with a record of 14-10 for the year. They have an average of 73.3 points per contest (121st in D-1) while going 47.3% from the floor. The Wolfpack are hitting 36.6% on 3-point shots (162 of 443) and 70.3% from the charity stripe. As a unit, North Carolina State is grabbing 32.3 rebounds per contest and has 311 assists this season, which has them ranked 180th in college basketball in terms of passing the ball. They are losing possession via turnover 12.7 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 16.0 fouls every game. Defensively, the Wolfpack are able to force 15.0 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 17.3 fouls. They are ranked 184th in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 312 surrendered this season. The Wolfpack defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 45.3% (614 of 1,356) and they surrender 33.8 rebounds per game as a unit. They are surrendering 35.2% on 3-point attempts and they rank 169th in Division 1 in points per game allowed (69.9).
The NC State Wolfpack played the Davidson Wildcats and earned the victory with a final of 75-61 in their last game. North Carolina State wrapped up the contest with a 58.8% field goal percentage (30 of 51) and buried 7 of 17 shots from 3-point land. At the charity stripe, the Wolfpack converted 8 of their 12 shots for a rate of 66.7%. In terms of rebounding, they collected a total of 27 with 6 of them being offensive. They also distributed 12 assists for the contest as well as forcing 10 turnovers and getting 5 steals. Concerning defense, North Carolina State let their opponent shoot 44.2% from the floor on 23 of 52 shooting. Davidson doled out 14 dimes and had 5 steals for the game. Additionally, Davidson collected 21 rebounds (5 offensive, 16 defensive) and added 3 blocks. Davidson ended up going 72.7% from the charity stripe by making 8 of 11 attempts. They also converted 7 out of their 24 shots from 3-point land.
D.J. Funderburk is one guy who was a contributor in the game. He scored 21 points on 8 out of 10 shooting. He played for 33 mins and totaled 7 boards. Funderburk ended up shooting 80.0% from the field and distributed 1 assist. Someone else that was a major contributor in the game for the Wolfpack was Manny Bates. He pulled down 8 rebounds in his 33 minutes played on the night. He finished the game at 100.0% from the floor in the game by going 7-of-7 (14 points). In all, Bates tallied 1 assist.
Colorado State has a win-loss mark of 19-6 so far this year. The Rams are committing 17.0 fouls every game and they connect on 79.2% from the charity stripe. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 14.6 times per game (84th in college basketball) and they are losing possession via turnover 13.5 times per contest. Colorado State has scored 1,866 points this season (74.6 per contest) and they average 35.2 boards per contest. On the offensive side of the ball, the Rams are shooting 47.0% from the floor, which has them ranked 54th in the nation. The Rams on the defensive side of the court are 57th in college hoops in points per game surrendered with 65.8. They are able to force 13.7 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 41.2% from the field (60th in the country). The Colorado State defense concedes 30.3% on shots from behind the 3-point line (193 of 636) and opponents are making 64.1% of their shots from the free throw line. They give up 12.7 dimes and 33.2 boards on a nightly basis, which has them ranked 156th and 97th in college basketball.
The last time they took the hardwood, the Colorado State Rams went home victorious with a score of 75-73 against the Buffalo Bulls. The Rams earned 24 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive boards for a total of 35 in this game. They also turned it over 11 times, while getting 8 steals for this contest. The Bulls had 11 fouls for this game which took the Rams to the charity stripe for 6 attempts. They were able to bury 6 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 100.0%. In reference to shooting from 3-point land, Colorado State made 7 out of their 20 attempts (35.0%). When this game wrapped up, the Rams went 31 for 70 from the field which had them shooting 44.3%. The Rams permitted the Bulls to make 30 of their 63 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 47.6% for the game. They went 33.3% from beyond the perimeter by hitting 7 of 21 and ended up going 6 of 10 from the free throw line (60.0%). When discussing attacking the glass, Colorado State allowed Buffalo to pull down 39 in total (13 on the offensive glass).
David Roddy was important for the Rams for the game. He made 8 out of 11 in the game for a field goal rate of 72.7%, and accounted for 8 rebounds. Roddy earned 17 points in his 32 minutes of playing time and had 2 assists in the game. One more player that was pivotal for Colorado State was Isaiah Stevens. He finished this one with 9 assists in his 37 minutes played, and he knocked down 6 out of 13 from the floor. Stevens finished going 46.2% from the field as well as contributing 14 points and 2 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Colorado State (-1)
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