North Carolina State Wolfpack vs Virginia Cavaliers Prediction, 2/24/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: NC State Wolfpack vs Virginia Cavaliers
Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Location: John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, VA
Odds/Point Spread: North Carolina State (+10)
The Virginia Cavaliers (15-5) host the NC State Wolfpack (10-9) at John Paul Jones Arena on Wednesday. Virginia opens this matchup as 10-point favorites. The O/U opens at 129.
North Carolina State enters this game with a win-loss record of 10-9 so far this year. The Wolfpack are connecting on 36.1% on shots from beyond the arc (129 of 357) and 69.1% from the charity stripe. They average 73.8 points per contest (120th in college hoops) while shooting 47.4% from the floor. They turn the ball over 13.5 times per contest and as a squad they commit 16.5 fouls every game. As a team, North Carolina State is grabbing 32.4 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 249 dimes on the campaign, which ranks 197th in Division 1 in terms of passing. On defense, the Wolfpack are able to force 16.1 turnovers per contest while drawing 16.9 fouls. They relinquish 35.3% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are 189th in D-1 in PPG allowed (70.3). The Wolfpack defense is allowing a FG percentage of 46.4% (490 of 1,057) and they concede 33.4 rebounds per game as a squad. They are ranked 149th in college basketball in allowing assists to their opponents with 236 surrendered on the campaign.
The NC State Wolfpack played the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and notched a win by a score of 80-62 in their last game. North Carolina State finished the game having earned a 50.0% field goal percentage (29 of 58) and buried 8 of 19 shots from downtown. From the free throw line, the Wolfpack made 14 of 19 shots for a rate of 73.7%. With regard to grabbing rebounds, they earned 28 with 9 of them being offensive. They also recorded 11 assists in the matchup as well as having 11 steals and 5 blocked shots. Pertaining to defense, North Carolina State let their opponent shoot 50.0% from the field on 29 out of 58 shooting. Wake Forest earned 8 assists and had 7 steals in this contest. Moreover, the Demon Deacons had 27 boards (8 offensive, 19 defensive) and added 5 rejections. Wake Forest walked away from this one shooting 84.6% from the charity stripe by making 11 of their 13 shots. They also knocked down 7 of 25 tries from beyond the arc.
Jericole Hellems is someone who was a major contributor in this contest. He accumulated 14 points on 5 out of 11 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 34 minutes and also snagged 2 boards. Hellems finished the game at 45.5% from the field but finished the game without an assist. An additional guy that had an impact in the matchup for the Wolfpack was Dereon Seabron. He collected 9 rebounds and also accumulated 3 dimes. He shot 50.0% from the field for the matchup by shooting 5-of-10 (14 points). When the game finished, Seabron played 33 min.
Virginia has a mark of 15-5 so far this year. The Cavaliers commit 12.8 fouls per contest and they connect on 78.9% from the free throw line. They are earning an assist 14.1 times per game (116th in the nation) and they are turning it over 9.7 times per contest. Virginia has accounted for 1,384 points so far this year (69.2 per game) and they average 31.5 boards per game. On the offensive side of the ball, the Cavaliers are shooting 49.0% from the field, which has them ranked 29th in college hoops. The Cavaliers on the defensive end are ranked 7th in college hoops in PPG surrendered with 60.3. They relinquish 11.9 assists and 28.9 rebounds per game, which is ranked 98th and 6th in D-1. The Virginia defense concedes 33.8% on 3-point shots (139 of 411) and their opponents are making 73.3% of their shots from the free throw line. They are able to force 9.7 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 41.8% from the floor (111th in college basketball).
For their last game, the Virginia Cavaliers took a defeat with a final score of 66-65 against the Duke Blue Devils. The Cavaliers earned 23 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds for a total of 31 for this game. They turned away 4 attempts while getting 6 steals in this matchup. The Blue Devils had 14 fouls for this game which took the Cavaliers to the free throw line for 10 tries. They were able to knock down 8 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 80.0%. In regard to three-point attempts, Virginia buried 5 out of 11 attempts (45.5%). At the conclusion of this game, the Cavaliers ended up shooting 26 out of 52 from the field which had them at 50.0%. The Cavaliers allowed the Blue Devils to make 26 of their 51 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 51.0% for this contest. They went 39.1% from distance by shooting 9 out of 23 and finished the game at 5 out of 9 from the free throw line (55.6%). In regard to cleaning the glass, Virginia permitted Duke to snag 19 in total (2 on the offensive glass).
Jay Huff pitched in for the Cavaliers in the game. He converted 9 out of 15 in the matchup for a field goal rate of 60.0%, which had him sitting at 20 points. Huff totaled 12 boards in his 35 mins played and totaled 2 dimes in the game. An additional guy that ended up playing a role for Virginia was Sam Hauser. He was able to score 19 points in 36 minutes on the hardwood via 7 out of 11 from the floor in this game. Hauser ended up shooting 63.6% from the field as well as earning 3 dimes and 8 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take North Carolina State (+10)
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