North Carolina State Wolfpack vs Clemson Tigers Prediction, 3/9/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: NC State Wolfpack vs Clemson Tigers
Date: Thursday, March 9, 2023
Location: Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, NC
Odds/Point Spread: North Carolina State (-3)
Greensboro Coliseum is the site where the Clemson Tigers (22-9) will meet the NC State Wolfpack (22-9) on Thursday. Clemson opens this matchup as -3-point dogs from Vegas oddsmakers. The total is set at 151.
The NC State Wolfpack stepped onto the hardwood against Duke and took a loss by a score of 71-67 in their last game. North Carolina State ended with a 38.2% FG percentage (26 of 68) and converted 8 out of their 28 shots from beyond the arc. From the free throw line, the Wolfpack made 7 of 8 shots for a rate of 87.5%. With respect to grabbing rebounds, they earned 33 with 12 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 6 assists for the contest while forcing the other team into 10 turnovers and getting 4 steals. In regard to defense, North Carolina State let their opponent shoot 41.8% from the floor on 23 out of 55 shooting. Duke dished out 6 assists and had 2 steals for this contest. Moreover, Duke had 43 rebounds (14 offensive, 29 defensive), but wasn't able to put a block in the stat sheet. Duke went 79.3% when shooting free throws by making 23 of their 29 shots. They converted 2 of 19 shots from distance. When discussing fouls, the Wolfpack ended up walking away with 20 while Duke finished the game with 12 fouls.
Jarkel Joiner is one guy who came through for the matchup. He ended up scoring 26 points on 9 of 18 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 40 mins and snagged 8 boards. He went 50.0% from the floor and dished out 1 assist.
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North Carolina State will play this game with a win-loss record of 22-9 for the campaign. They average 78.4 pts per contest (37th in the nation) while shooting 45.0% from the field. The Wolfpack are connecting on 34.8% on three-point attempts (262 of 752) and 72.0% from the charity stripe. As a unit, North Carolina State is snagging 37.0 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 404 dimes so far this season, which is 193rd in the country in terms of passing the ball. They cough up possession 9.5 times per game and as a team they commit 17.4 personal fouls on a nightly basis.
On defense, the Wolfpack have forced 13.4 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 16.0 fouls. They are surrendering 31.4% on shots from downtown and they are 189th in the nation in opponents PPG (70.3). The Wolfpack are giving up a shooting percentage of 44.1% (779 of 1,765) and they concede 35.1 boards per game as a basketball team. They are currently ranked 61st in Division 1 in allowing assists with 348 relinquished this season.
The last time they took the court, the Clemson Tigers took home the win by a final score of 87-64 against Notre Dame. When it comes to rebounding, Clemson permitted Notre Dame to snag 27 in total (5 offensive). They shot 34.5% from beyond the perimeter by going 10 of 29 and walked away from this one shooting 12 out of 18 at the free throw line (66.7%). The Tigers allowed Notre Dame to convert 21 out of their 61 tries from the field which had them shooting 34.4% for the game. At the conclusion of this game, the Tigers walked away from this one shooting 31 out of 61 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 50.8%. Regarding three-point shots, Clemson converted 13 out of their 29 tries (44.8%). They were able to convert 12 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 70.6%. Notre Dame earned 11 personal fouls for the game which took the Tigers to the free throw line for a total of 17 attempts. They also coughed up the ball 8 times, while getting 3 steals in this contest. The Tigers snagged 36 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive boards for a total of 44 for the contest.
Ian Schieffelin ended up being important for the Tigers for the game. He buried 7 out of 7 in the matchup for a field goal percentage of 100.0%, and had 6 rebounds. He had 16 points in his 20 minutes of playing time and added 2 assists for the matchup.
Clemson has a mark of 22-9 this season. As an offense, the Tigers are connecting on 47.2% from the field, which is 41st in the nation. Clemson has tallied 2,340 pts on the season (75.5 per contest) and they pull in 34.8 rebounds per game. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 14.4 times per game (86th in college basketball) and they are losing possession via turnover 11.1 times per contest. The Tigers commit 17.7 personal fouls per contest and they go 79.3% from the free throw line.
The Clemson defense allows 33.4% on shots from beyond the perimeter (245 of 734) and their opponents are connecting on 73.4% of their foul shots. They concede 11.5 assists and 33.0 rebounds per contest, which is ranked 87th and 112th in Division 1. The Tigers on the defensive side of the court are 122nd in D-1 in PPG surrendered with 68.1. They are forcing 11.5 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 40.6% from the field (27th in college basketball).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Clemson (+3)
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