Virginia Cavaliers vs North Carolina State Wolfpack Prediction, 1/22/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Virginia Cavaliers vs NC State Wolfpack
Date: Saturday, January 22, 2022
Location: PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC
PNC Arena is where the NC State Wolfpack (9-10) will attempt to beat the Virginia Cavaliers (11-7) on Saturday.
The Virginia Cavaliers faced Pittsburgh and went home with a win by a final score of 66-61 in their last game. Virginia ended with a 50.0% FG percentage (27 out of 54) and buried 4 of 17 three-point shots. From the free throw line, the Cavaliers buried 8 of 12 attempts for a rate of 66.7%. Regarding grabbing boards, they earned a total of 21 with 8 of them being offensive. They also recorded 19 dimes in this game while forcing the opposition into 15 turnovers and earning 3 steals. Regarding the defense, Virginia allowed their opponent to shoot 50.0% from the field on 21 of 42 shooting. Pittsburgh distributed 8 dimes and had 3 steals in the game. On top of that, Pittsburgh collected 26 boards (6 offensive, 20 defensive), but wasn't able to put a block in the stat sheet. Pittsburgh finished 81.8% from the charity stripe by making 18 of 22 tries. They also buried 1 out of their 6 attempts from distance. In relation to personal fouls, the Cavaliers finished with 19 and Pittsburgh accounted for 17 personal fouls.
Reece Beekman is a player who was a factor for the game. He finished the contest at 72.7% from the field and earned 8 dimes. He was on the hardwood for 38 minutes and pulled down 3 rebounds. He ended up walking away with 19 points on 8 out of 11 shooting.
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Virginia will play this game with a record of 11-7 on the year. They have an average of 62.4 pts per contest (335th in the nation) on 45.1% from the field. The Cavaliers are connecting on 31.9% on shots beyond the perimeter (98 of 307) and 71.7% from the free throw line. As a team, Virginia is collecting 31.0 rebounds per contest and has accumulated 248 assists for the year, which is 111th in D-1 in terms of passing. They turn the ball over 10.1 times per game and as a group they commit 14.1 personal fouls every game.
When they are on the defensive end, the Cavaliers are forcing 11.6 turnovers per contest and they draw 14.6 fouls. They give up 34.3% on shots from distance and they are ranked 11th in college basketball in points per game from their opponents (58.8). The Cavaliers defensively are giving up a FG percentage of 41.1% (387 of 942) and they surrender 32.3 boards per game as a team. They currently rank 164th in the country in allowing assists with 205 surrendered this season.
When they last stepped on the court, the NC State Wolfpack went home defeated by a final of 62-59 when they faced Virginia Tech. In the matter of how they attacked the glass, North Carolina State permitted Virginia Tech to get 36 in total (11 on the offensive side). They finished the game shooting 29.2% from distance by going 7 out of 24 and ended up shooting 3 out of 4 from the free throw line (75.0%). The Wolfpack allowed Virginia Tech to knock down 26 of their 53 tries from the floor which left them shooting 49.1% in this game. Overall, the Wolfpack went 23 for 56 from the field which gave them a rate of 41.1%. When discussing shooting from 3-point land, North Carolina State converted 8 of 27 attempts (29.6%). They were able to bury 5 of those for a rate of 55.6%. Virginia Tech had 17 personal fouls in the matchup which took the Wolfpack to the charity stripe for 9 shots. They also coughed it up 8 times, while getting 11 steals in the matchup. The Wolfpack were able to snag 14 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive boards for a total of 22 in the game.
Jericole Hellems pitched in for the Wolfpack for the game. He made 6 out of 10 in the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 60.0%, and had 4 rebounds. He tallied 15 points in his 38 mins of playing time and accounted for 2 assists for this game.
North Carolina State has a win-loss mark of 9-10 this year. On the offensive side of the ball, the Wolfpack are connecting on 42.1% from the field, which ranks them 278th in Division 1. North Carolina State has accounted for 1,428 points this year (75.2 per game) and they average 36.7 boards per game. They are assisting teammates 11.4 times per contest (302nd in the nation) and they are giving up possession 10.2 times per contest. The Wolfpack have committed 17.1 personal fouls every game and they hit 70.6% from the free throw line.
The Wolfpack on the defensive end are ranked 298th in D-1 in points per game surrendered with 74.3. They are able to force 13.4 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 46.0% from the floor (326th in the country). The North Carolina State defense concedes 34.1% on 3-point attempts (129 of 378) and their opponents are converting on 72.8% of their free throw attempts. They have surrendered 13.8 dimes and 37.5 rebounds every game, which ranks 272nd and 302nd in those defensive categories.
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Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take North Carolina State
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