North Carolina State Wolfpack vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Prediction, 3/3/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: NC State Wolfpack vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Location: Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, IN
Odds/Point Spread: North Carolina State (+2.5)
The NC State Wolfpack (12-9) go to Purcell Pavilion on Wednesday where they'll take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (9-13). North Carolina State opens this matchup as 2.5-point underdogs. The total opens at 144.5.
North Carolina State will play this contest with a mark of 12-9 this season. They are averaging 73.1 pts per contest (137th in college basketball) while shooting 47.0% from the field. The Wolfpack are shooting 36.1% on 3-point shots (139 of 385) and 70.2% from the charity stripe. As a team, North Carolina State is collecting 32.3 boards per contest and is sitting with 273 assists on the year, which is 191st in the country in terms of passing the rock. They are turning it over 13.1 times per contest and as a squad they are committing 16.4 fouls on a nightly basis. When they are on the defensive end, the Wolfpack are forcing 15.6 turnovers per game and they draw 17.3 personal fouls. They currently rank 156th in college hoops in giving up assists to their opponents with 264 surrendered so far this year. The Wolfpack are giving up a shooting percentage of 45.3% (530 of 1,170) and they surrender 33.9 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They surrender 34.7% on shots from downtown while they are 152nd in college hoops in points per game allowed (69.4).
The NC State Wolfpack took the court against the Pittsburgh Panthers and earned the victory with a final of 65-62 in their last game. North Carolina State wrapped up the game with a 39.1% FG percentage (18 of 46) and converted 5 of their 17 three-point shots. From the free throw line, the Wolfpack converted 24 of their 34 shots for a rate of 70.6%. Pertaining to pulling down boards, they compiled 31 with 7 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 12 assists for this contest while creating 11 turnovers and having 5 steals. When discussing defense, North Carolina State allowed 35.1% from the floor on 20 of 57 shooting. Pittsburgh recorded 9 assists and had 5 steals for the contest. Moreover, Pittsburgh had 42 rebounds (18 offensive, 24 defensive) and had 4 blocked shots. Pittsburgh ended up going 63.3% from the charity stripe by making 19 of their 30 tries. They made 3 of 10 tries from three-point range.
Jericole Hellems is a guy who was a contributor in this contest. He notched 15 points on 5 of 13 shooting. He was on the court for 38 mins played and also collected 10 rebounds. Hellems went 38.5% from the floor and also recorded 5 assists. One more player that had an impact in this contest for the Wolfpack was D.J. Funderburk. He collected 3 rebounds in his 23 minutes on the hardwood. He finished shooting 57.1% from the field for this contest via 4-of-7 (13 points). When the final whistle blew, Funderburk had no assists.
Notre Dame has a win-loss mark of 9-13 this season. Notre Dame has earned 1,599 pts on the year (72.7 per game) and they grab 33.0 boards per game. The Fighting Irish commit 12.4 fouls per game while shooting 76.8% from the free throw line. As an offense, the Fighting Irish are hitting on 47.0% from the field, which ranks 57th in college hoops. They are getting an assist 15.4 times per contest (59th in college basketball) and they cough up possession 10.2 times per contest. The Fighting Irish on the defensive end are ranked 246th in college basketball in points given up per game with 72.8. They are forcing their opponents into 8.3 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 43.9% from the field (202nd in college basketball). The Notre Dame defense allows 36.6% on shots from distance (183 of 500) and opponents are connecting on 73.3% of their free throw shots. They concede 13.8 dimes and 35.8 rebounds on a nightly basis, which has them ranked 247th and 224th in the nation.
When they last stepped on the court, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish went home defeated by a final of 94-90 when they faced the Boston College Eagles. The Fighting Irish earned 25 defensive boards and 7 offensive boards totaling 32 in this contest. They coughed up the ball 11 times, while getting 2 steals for this contest. The Eagles were called for 17 fouls for the contest which took the Fighting Irish to the charity stripe for a total of 10 attempts. They were able to bury 7 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 70.0%. When discussing shots from downtown, Notre Dame converted 7 of 23 tries (30.4%). In all, the Fighting Irish went 38 out of 65 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 58.5%. The Fighting Irish allowed the Eagles to make 31 of their 59 attempts from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 52.5% for this game. They wrapped up this game 47.4% from distance by going 9 out of 19 and finished the contest at 23 of 32 at the charity stripe (71.9%). When it comes to how they attacked the glass, Notre Dame permitted Boston College to collect 30 in all (7 on the offensive glass).
Prentiss Hubb was important for the Fighting Irish for the contest. He converted 12 out of 19 for this contest for a field goal rate of 63.2%, and tallied 5 rebounds. Hubb tallied 28 points in his 39 minutes on the court and had 7 dimes for this contest. Someone else who was a determining factor for Notre Dame was Juwan Durham. He came away with 2 assists in his 22 minutes on the court, and he shot 5 out of 6 from the floor. Durham finished going 83.3% from the field in addition to earning 12 points and 4 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Notre Dame (-2.5)
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