Virginia Cavaliers vs North Carolina State Wolfpack Prediction, 2/3/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Virginia Cavaliers vs NC State Wolfpack
Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Location: PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC
Odds/Point Spread: Virginia (-6.5)
The Virginia Cavaliers (11-3) travel to PNC Arena on Wednesday where they'll take on the NC State Wolfpack (7-6). Virginia opens this matchup as 6.5-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 130.5.
Virginia comes into this matchup with a mark of 11-3 on the campaign. They cough up possession 8.6 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 12.7 fouls every game. As a team, Virginia is grabbing 32.4 rebounds per game and has accounted for 200 dimes so far this season, which has them ranked 162nd in the nation in terms of passing the rock. The Cavaliers are shooting 39.3% on shots from 3-point land (126 of 321) and 80.4% from the free throw line. They are averaging 71.8 points per outing (180th in the country) on 49.5% from the floor. On defense, the Cavaliers are forcing 10.1 turnovers per game while drawing 12.4 personal fouls. They concede 34.4% on 3-pointers and they are ranked 17th in Division 1 in PPG allowed (59.9). The Cavaliers defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 41.3% (302 of 732) and they concede 28.4 boards per game as a group. They currently rank 113th in college basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 163 conceded for the year.
The Virginia Cavaliers faced the Virginia Tech Hokies and ended up losing by a score of 65-51 in their last contest. Virginia ended with a 36.5% field goal percentage (19 out of 52) and buried 10 of their 28 3-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Cavaliers made 3 of their 4 shots for a percentage of 75.0%. Concerning pulling down boards, they compiled 23 with 5 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 9 assists for this contest while earning 6 steals and 2 blocked shots. Pertaining to defense, Virginia allowed 36.5% from the field on 19 of 52 shooting. Virginia Tech distributed 13 dimes and had 2 steals for the matchup. On top of that, the Hokies grabbed 30 rebounds (4 offensive, 26 defensive) and had 2 blocks. Virginia Tech finished the contest at 85.7% from the charity stripe by making 12 of 14 attempts. They also made 9 of 18 attempts from beyond the perimeter.
Jay Huff is a player who was a contributor in the game. He left the arena with 13 points on 5 out of 7 shooting. He was on the court for 23 minutes and grabbed 4 boards. Huff walked away from this one shooting 71.4% from the floor and also totaled 2 assists. One more player that was a determining factor in the matchup for the Cavaliers was Kihei Clark. He snagged 2 rebounds and also earned 2 assists. He walked away from this one shooting 30.8% from the field for this contest by shooting 4-of-13 (11 points). When the final whistle blew, Clark played 34 min.
North Carolina State has a win-loss mark of 7-6 for the year. When it comes to offensive execution, the Wolfpack are connecting on 46.8% from the field, which ranks 63rd in the nation. North Carolina State has accounted for 990 pts on the campaign (76.2 per game) and they snag 32.8 boards per contest. They are assisting teammates 13.4 times per game (172nd in the country) and they are giving up possession 12.8 times per contest. The Wolfpack commit 16.8 fouls per game while shooting 67.7% from the free throw line. The Wolfpack on the defensive end are ranked 212th in college basketball in PPG allowed with 71.2. The North Carolina State defense surrenders 35.4% on shots from distance (80 of 226) and their opposition knocks down 68.1% of their shots from the charity stripe. They surrender 12.9 dimes and 35.9 total boards per game, which is 185th and 225th in college hoops. They are able to force 17.1 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.8% from the floor (299th in college hoops).
For their last game, the NC State Wolfpack took a defeat with a final score of 76-73 against the Syracuse Orange. The Wolfpack recorded 23 defensive boards and 9 offensive boards totaling 32 for this contest. They also rejected 5 shots while recording 7 steals in the game. The Orange committed 16 personal fouls for the matchup which got the Wolfpack to the free throw line for a total of 17 tries. They were able to make 13 of those for a rate of 76.5%. In regard to shooting from distance, North Carolina State converted 6 of their 23 tries (26.1%). When all was said and done, the Wolfpack finished 27 for 61 from the field which had them shooting 44.3%. The Wolfpack permitted the Orange to bury 29 of their 63 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 46.0% for the contest. They finished the game shooting 38.1% from three-point range by going 8 of 21 and ended up going 10 out of 11 at the free throw line (90.9%). When discussing how they attacked the glass, North Carolina State permitted Syracuse to get 30 in total (10 on the offensive side).
Jericole Hellems ended up being a major contributor for the Wolfpack in this matchup. He knocked down 9 of 19 in this contest for a field goal percentage of 47.4%, which got him 24 points. Hellems collected 9 rebounds in his 37 minutes and accounted for 4 assists for the matchup. Another guy that ended up playing a role for North Carolina State was Manny Bates. He notched 17 points in his 38 minutes on the court via 7 out of 9 from the floor for the matchup. Bates ended up shooting 77.8% from the floor while contributing 2 assists and 14 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Virginia (-6.5)
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