North Carolina State Wolfpack vs North Carolina Tar Heels Prediction, 1/23/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: NC State Wolfpack vs North Carolina Tar Heels
Date: Saturday, January 23, 2021
Location: Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill, NC
Odds/Point Spread: North Carolina State (+6)
Dean E. Smith Center is the site where and the North Carolina Tar Heels (9-5) will take on the NC State Wolfpack (6-4) on Saturday. North Carolina State opens this matchup as 6-point underdogs. The total opens at 146.
North Carolina State will play this game with a mark of 6-4 so far this year. They turn it over 12.7 times per contest and as a unit are committing 17.2 fouls every game. As a unit, North Carolina State is grabbing 33.1 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 134 assists this season, which has them ranked 250th in D-1 in terms of passing. The Wolfpack are shooting 37.0% on three-point shots (78 of 211) and 66.9% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 76.9 points per game (83rd in the nation) while hitting 47.0% from the field. On defense, the Wolfpack have forced 17.9 turnovers per game while drawing 18.2 fouls. They are conceding 35.3% on 3-point attempts and they are ranked 166th in college hoops in points per game allowed (69.6). The Wolfpack are giving up a field goal percentage of 46.5% (260 of 559) and they surrender 35.4 rebounds per contest as a group. They are 91st in D-1 in allowing assists with 125 surrendered for the season.
The NC State Wolfpack faced off with the Florida State Seminoles and took a loss by a score of 105-73 in their last game. North Carolina State wrapped up the game having earned a 44.4% field goal percentage (28 of 63) and converted 11 of their 26 3-point attempts. From the charity stripe, the Wolfpack converted 6 of 8 shots for a percentage of 75.0%. In terms of getting rebounds, they compiled a total of 17 with 7 of them being offensive. They also doled out 10 assists for the matchup in addition to having 5 steals and 3 rejections. Regarding defending, North Carolina State allowed the other team to shoot 44.4% from the field on 28 out of 63 shooting. Florida State earned 24 assists and had 6 steals in this game. Moreover, the Seminoles grabbed 31 rebounds (6 offensive, 25 defensive) and had 3 blocked shots. Florida State went 100.0% from the free throw line by making 11 of 11 attempts. They also made 12 out of their 18 shots from long range.
Thomas Allen is one player who was a factor for the game. He racked up 16 points on 6 of 8 shooting. He was on the court for 23 minutes and also totaled 2 boards. Allen ended up shooting 75.0% from the floor and distributed 2 assists. Another guy that was a major factor in this contest for the Wolfpack was Devon Daniels. He snagged 2 boards and had 3 assists. He shot 50.0% from the floor in the game by shooting 6-of-12 (14 points). When this game wrapped up, Daniels was on the court for 32 min.
North Carolina has a win-loss record of 9-5 so far this year. North Carolina has scored 1,031 pts on the year (73.6 per game) and they collect 43.4 boards per contest. The Tar Heels commit 18.0 fouls per game and they go 69.0% from the free throw line. On the offensive side of the ball, the Tar Heels are shooting 42.2% from the floor, which is ranked 276th in college hoops. They are assisting teammates 14.6 times per contest (111th in college basketball) and they are giving up possession 15.1 times per game. The Tar Heels on the defensive end are ranked 172nd in college hoops in PPG surrendered with 69.8. They are forcing 14.3 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 42.3% from the floor (146th in college basketball). The North Carolina defense gives up 35.8% on shots from beyond the arc (121 of 338) and opponents are converting on 68.1% of their free throw shots. They have allowed 12.6 assists and 32.2 boards per contest, which is ranked 151st and 68th in those categories on the defensive end.
In their last game, the North Carolina Tar Heels took home the win by a final score of 80-73 when they faced the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. The Tar Heels were able to pull down 28 defensive boards and 8 offensive boards for a total of 36 in this game. They also rejected 3 attempts while getting 12 steals for this contest. The Demon Deacons were called for 16 fouls for the contest which got the Tar Heels to the charity stripe for a total of 27 attempts. They were able to convert 19 of the free throws for a percentage of 70.4%. When discussing shooting from 3-point land, North Carolina made 3 of 9 attempts (33.3%). In all, the Tar Heels finished the game shooting 29 for 62 from the floor which had them shooting 46.8%. The Tar Heels allowed the Demon Deacons to convert 23 of their 59 attempts from the field which had them at 39.0% in this matchup. They finished 38.2% from beyond the arc by shooting 13 of 34 and finished the contest at 14 of 17 at the free throw line (82.4%). When talking about how they cleaned up the glass, North Carolina allowed Wake Forest to get 33 in total (8 on the offensive side).
Caleb Love ended up having an impact for the Tar Heels in the matchup. He knocked down 7 out of 12 for this game giving him a rate of 58.3%, which got him 20 points. Love collected 4 rebounds in his 32 mins and had 3 assists for this game. An additional guy that was important for North Carolina was Armando Bacot. He totaled 18 points in his 22 minutes on the court by way of 8 of 10 from the floor in this matchup. Bacot finished going 80.0% from the field while totaling 3 assists and 6 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take North Carolina State (+6)
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