North Carolina State Wolfpack vs Wake Forest Demon Deacons Prediction, 2/20/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: NC State Wolfpack vs Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Date: Saturday, February 20, 2021
Location: Lawrence Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem, NC
Odds/Point Spread: North Carolina State (+1)
The NC State Wolfpack (9-9) go to Lawrence Joel Coliseum on Saturday where they'll meet the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (6-10). North Carolina State opens this contest as 1-point underdogs. The over/under opens at 140.5.
North Carolina State heads into this contest with a win-loss record of 9-9 for the season. They currently have an average of 73.5 points per contest (130th in college basketball) while going 47.2% from the field. The Wolfpack are shooting 35.8% on three-point shots (121 of 338) and 68.8% from the free throw line. As a team, North Carolina State is grabbing 32.4 rebounds per game and has tallied 238 assists for the campaign, which ranks 191st in D-1 in terms of passing the ball. They lose possession via turnover 13.6 times per contest and as a group are committing 16.5 fouls every game. On the defensive end, the Wolfpack are forcing 15.9 turnovers per game while drawing 16.9 personal fouls. They surrender 35.8% on shots from beyond the arc and they rank 198th in college hoops in PPG allowed (70.7). The Wolfpack defense is allowing an opponent FG percentage of 46.7% (468 of 1,003) and they relinquish 33.5 rebounds per game as a group. They currently rank 166th in Division 1 in allowing assists with 228 relinquished for the year.
The NC State Wolfpack faced off with the Pittsburgh Panthers and took home the win by a score of 74-73 in their last game. North Carolina State finished the game having earned a 56.9% field goal percentage (29 of 51) and made 4 of their 11 shots from beyond the perimeter. When they shot from the free throw line, the Wolfpack made 12 of 18 shots for a percentage of 66.7%. Pertaining to grabbing boards, they earned 23 with 6 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 19 assists for the matchup while having 6 steals and 2 blocked shots. When it comes to the defense, North Carolina State allowed the other team to go 56.9% from the floor on 29 of 51 shooting. Pittsburgh distributed 17 assists and had 5 steals in this matchup. In addition, the Panthers collected 26 rebounds (11 offensive, 15 defensive) and had 2 blocked shots. Pittsburgh finished the game shooting 67.9% from the free throw line by knocking down 19 of 28 tries. They converted 6 out of their 18 tries from distance.
Jericole Hellems is one player who played a role for this game. He ended up scoring 17 points on 6 out of 9 shooting. He was on the court for 25 mins and snagged 2 rebounds. Hellems finished the game shooting 66.7% from the field but had no assists when the game ended. Someone else that was a major contributor in this game for the Wolfpack was D.J. Funderburk. He had 8 rebounds and had 2 assists. He finished 66.7% from the field for this game by connecting on 6-of-9 (16 points). In all, Funderburk played for 35 min.
Wake Forest has a mark of 6-10 so far this season. As an offensive team, the Demon Deacons are hitting on 42.9% from the floor, which ranks 246th in the country. Wake Forest has earned 1,114 pts this season (69.6 per contest) and they pull down 33.8 rebounds per game. They are dishing out assists 12.0 times per game (267th in the nation) and they are turning it over 13.8 times per game. The Demon Deacons are committing 17.1 personal fouls every game and they hit 73.3% from the charity stripe. The Demon Deacons on the defensive end are ranked 201st in Division 1 in PPG allowed with 70.9. They are able to force 12.7 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 45.7% from the field (270th in the country). The Wake Forest defense allows 36.3% on shots from distance (117 of 322) and opponents are converting on 69.5% of their shots from the free throw line. They give up 13.7 assists and 33.4 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is ranked 225th and 108th in college hoops.
The last time they took the court, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons went home defeated by a final of 84-60 when they faced the Duke Blue Devils. The Demon Deacons were able to snag 20 defensive boards and 7 offensive rebounds for a total of 27 for this game. They also blocked 5 shots while recording 2 steals in this matchup. The Blue Devils had 15 personal fouls in the matchup which got the Demon Deacons to the charity stripe for a total of 18 attempts. They were able to convert 13 of them for a rate of 72.2%. In terms of shots from beyond the arc, Wake Forest knocked down 7 out of their 25 tries (28.0%). When this game wrapped up, the Demon Deacons shot 20 for 51 from the floor which had them shooting 39.2%. The Demon Deacons permitted the Blue Devils to make 33 of their 61 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 54.1% for the contest. They wrapped up this game 44.0% from three-point range by going 11 out of 25 and walked away from this one shooting 7 out of 13 from the free throw line (53.8%). Regarding rebounds, Wake Forest permitted Duke to collect 35 in all (10 on the offensive glass).
Ody Oguama ended up being a factor for the Demon Deacons in the matchup. He made 5 of 7 in this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 71.4%, which earned him 14 points. Oguama totaled 3 boards in his 17 minutes and had 2 assists for this game. One more player that ended being a contributor for Wake Forest was Daivien Williamson. He accumulated 12 points in his 34 minutes on the court by way of 5 out of 10 shooting in this game. Williamson finished going 50.0% from the floor as well as contributing 2 dimes and 2 boards.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take North Carolina State (+1) and over 140.5 points
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