North Carolina State Wolfpack vs Pittsburgh Panthers Prediction, 2/17/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: NC State Wolfpack vs Pittsburgh Panthers
Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Location: Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh, PA
Odds/Point Spread: North Carolina State (+4)
The Pittsburgh Panthers (9-7) play the NC State Wolfpack (8-9) at Petersen Events Center on Wednesday. Pittsburgh opens this matchup as 4-point favorites. The total has been set at 142.5.
North Carolina State steps onto the court with a mark of 8-9 on the campaign. They lose possession by turning the ball over 13.6 times per game and as a basketball team they are committing 16.2 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, North Carolina State is collecting 32.8 boards per game and is sitting with 219 assists on the season, which is 218th in the nation in terms of passing the ball. The Wolfpack are hitting 35.8% from downtown (117 of 327) and 69.0% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 73.5 points per contest (131st in the country) while shooting 46.7% from the floor. When they are on defense, the Wolfpack are able to force 16.1 turnovers per contest and they draw 16.9 fouls. They surrender 36.0% from 3-point land and they are 196th in college basketball in PPG allowed (70.6). The Wolfpack defense is giving up a FG percentage of 46.5% (444 of 955) and they surrender 33.9 boards per game as a squad. They rank 136th in college hoops in allowing assists to the opposition with 211 surrendered so far this season.
The NC State Wolfpack played the Duke Blue Devils and took a loss by a final of 69-53 in their last game. North Carolina State finished the contest having earned a 45.1% field goal percentage (23 of 51) and made 2 of their 10 3-point shots. At the free throw line, the Wolfpack made 5 of their 9 attempts for a rate of 55.6%. When it comes to rebounding, they earned a total of 26 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 8 assists for this contest in addition to getting 8 steals and 4 blocked shots. With regard to defending, North Carolina State allowed the other team to shoot 45.1% from the floor on 23 out of 51 shooting. Duke recorded 11 assists and had 9 steals in this contest. In addition, the Blue Devils totaled 21 rebounds (5 offensive, 16 defensive) and got 4 rejections. Duke finished the game shooting 70.6% from the charity stripe by making 12 of 17 shots. They also converted 9 of their 18 attempts from 3-point land.
Shakeel Moore is a guy who was important in this game. He ended up with 13 points on 5 out of 8 shooting. He was on the court for 23 minutes played and also snagged 3 rebounds. Moore finished the game shooting 62.5% from the floor and totaled 2 dimes. One more player that was a factor in this matchup for the Wolfpack was D.J. Funderburk. He snagged 5 rebounds and collected 2 dimes. He walked away from this one shooting 45.5% from the field in this game by shooting 5-of-11 (11 points). When the game finished, Funderburk saw the court for 35 min.
Pittsburgh has a win-loss mark of 9-7 this season. Pittsburgh has accounted for 1,154 points on the season (72.1 per contest) and they grab 39.3 rebounds per contest. The Panthers have committed 17.2 personal fouls every game and they hit 66.9% from the charity stripe. On the offensive side of the ball, the Panthers are shooting 43.2% from the field, which is 231st in the nation. They are earning an assist 15.6 times per contest (62nd in Division 1) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 12.5 times per contest. The Panthers are ranked 162nd in D-1 in points given up per game with 69.5. They are forcing 12.7 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 42.6% from the floor (150th in the nation). The Pittsburgh defense surrenders 31.5% on 3-point attempts (123 of 390) and opponents are converting on 69.6% of their shots from the free throw line. They surrender 15.9 assists and 34.1 rebounds per game, which is 319th and 135th in college hoops.
The last time they took the hardwood, the Pittsburgh Panthers took a defeat with a final score of 71-65 when they faced the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The Panthers were able to corral 21 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds totaling 29 in the matchup. They also rejected 2 attempts while recording 8 steals for the contest. The Yellow Jackets were called for 12 fouls in the game which took the Panthers to the free throw line for 15 shots. They were able to knock down 8 of the free throw tries for a clip of 53.3%. In terms of shooting from downtown, Pittsburgh buried 7 of their 18 attempts (38.9%). When all was said and done, the Panthers finished the game shooting 25 for 49 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 51.0%. The Panthers allowed the Yellow Jackets to make 22 out of 47 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 46.8% for this game. They finished the game shooting 33.3% from downtown by going 6 out of 18 and finished the game at 21 of 23 from the free throw line (91.3%). When it comes to rebounding, Pittsburgh allowed Georgia Tech to get 21 overall (5 offensive).
Ithiel Horton pitched in for the Panthers in this game. He made 7 out of 13 in this matchup for a field goal rate of 53.8%, which had him finishing with 18 points. Horton had 2 rebounds in his 33 minutes and accumulated 2 assists for this game. An additional guy who was a determining factor for Pittsburgh was Au'Diese Toney. He accumulated 15 points in 36 minutes played via 6 of 14 shooting for the matchup. Toney finished going 42.9% from the floor while contributing 2 assists and 9 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take North Carolina State (+4)
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