North Carolina State Wolfpack vs Davidson Wildcats Prediction, 3/18/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: NC State Wolfpack vs Davidson Wildcats
Date: Thursday, March 18, 2021
Location: UNT Coliseum in Denton, TX
Odds/Point Spread: North Carolina State (+2.5)
The NC State Wolfpack (13-10) go to UNT Coliseum on Thursday where they'll take on the Davidson Wildcats (13-8) in the NIT. North Carolina State opens this contest as 2.5-point underdogs. The O/U is set at 139.
North Carolina State comes into this game with a win-loss record of 13-10 on the campaign. The Wolfpack are shooting 36.6% on three-point shots (155 of 424) and 70.4% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 73.2 points per contest (121st in D-1) while hitting 46.8% from the field. They are losing possession via turnover 12.9 times per contest and as a unit are committing 16.1 personal fouls every game. As a team, North Carolina State is snagging 32.4 rebounds per game and has accumulated 299 assists this year, which has them ranked 193rd in the country in terms of passing. On the defensive end of the court, the Wolfpack are forcing 15.3 turnovers per contest and they draw 17.3 fouls. They surrender 35.5% from 3-point land while they are 181st in Division 1 in points per game from their opponents (70.3). The Wolfpack defense is allowing a shooting percentage of 45.4% (591 of 1,303) and they concede 34.2 rebounds per game as a group. They are currently ranked 162nd in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 298 relinquished for the campaign.
The NC State Wolfpack faced the Syracuse Orange and took a loss by a score of 89-68 in their last game. North Carolina State ended the contest having earned a 36.2% field goal percentage (21 of 58) and made 7 of their 17 3-point attempts. From the charity stripe, the Wolfpack made 19 of their 23 tries for a rate of 82.6%. When discussing rebounding, they collected 27 with 13 of them being offensive. They also doled out 11 dimes for the game while creating 8 turnovers and getting 7 steals. In relation to the defense, North Carolina State allowed the other team to shoot 56.7% from the floor on 34 out of 60 shooting. Syracuse doled out 19 dimes and had 6 steals in this matchup. Furthurmore, Syracuse collected 32 rebounds (11 offensive, 21 defensive) and got 6 blocked shots. Syracuse ended up shooting 77.8% at the free throw line by knocking down 7 of their 9 tries. They also buried 14 of 29 tries from distance.
D.J. Funderburk is a guy who was important for the game. He ended up finishing with 14 points on 2 out of 5 shooting. He saw the court for 26 mins and also grabbed 6 rebounds. Funderburk went 40.0% from the field but wasn't able to get an assist. Another guy that was a determining factor in this game for the Wolfpack was Manny Bates. He grabbed 7 rebounds in 33 min on the basketball court. He finished the game at 41.7% from the floor in the matchup by going 5-of-12 (12 points). In all, Bates had 1 assist.
Davidson has a mark of 13-8 so far this year. On the offensive side of the ball, the Wildcats are shooting 47.3% from the floor, which ranks 50th in the country. Davidson has scored 1,518 points so far this year (72.3 per game) and they pull down 35.0 rebounds per game. They are assisting teammates 15.1 times per game (59th in D-1) and they turn it over 10.8 times per contest. The Wildcats are responsible for committing 14.9 personal fouls every game and they shoot 68.5% from the free throw line. The Wildcats on the defensive side of the court are 32nd in the country in points given up per game with 63.6. They are forcing their opponents into 10.5 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 42.0% from the floor (105th in D-1). The Davidson defense allows 33.4% on shots from beyond the perimeter (155 of 464) and their opposition makes 72.9% of their free throw attempts. They relinquish 10.8 dimes and 30.0 rebounds per contest, which is 37th and 14th in college hoops.
The last time they took the court, the Davidson Wildcats walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 64-52 against the VCU Rams. The Wildcats were able to collect 18 defensive rebounds and 14 offensive rebounds for a total of 32 in the game. They also turned it over 9 times, while earning 4 steals for this contest. The Rams earned 17 fouls in the matchup which got the Wildcats to the free throw line for a total of 15 shots. They were able to make 9 of those for a percentage of 60.0%. In reference to shooting from distance, Davidson buried 9 of 27 tries (33.3%). When the final whistle blew, the Wildcats walked away from this one shooting 17 for 57 from the field which had them at 29.8%. The Wildcats permitted the Rams to knock down 26 out of their 55 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 47.3% for the matchup. They wrapped up this game 26.3% from beyond the arc by shooting 5 out of 19 and finished the game at 7 out of 9 at the charity stripe (77.8%). With respect to cleaning the glass, Davidson allowed VCU to grab 38 overall (11 offensive).
Kellan Grady ended up being a factor for the Wildcats for the matchup. He knocked down 5 out of 15 for the game giving him a rate of 33.3%, and accumulated 3 rebounds. Grady accumulated 13 points in his 36 minutes on the hardwood and earned 3 dimes for this game. An additional guy that was pivotal for Davidson was Hyunjung Lee. He ended up finishing with 4 assists in his 32 mins on the hardwood, and he knocked down 3 of 7 from the floor. Lee ended the game having shot 42.9% from the field as well as notching 13 points and 1 rebound.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take North Carolina State (+2.5)
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