North Carolina State Wolfpack vs Duke Blue Devils Prediction, 2/28/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: NC State Wolfpack vs Duke Blue Devils
Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2023
Location: Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, NC
The Duke Blue Devils (21-8) will compete against the NC State Wolfpack (22-8) at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Tuesday.
The NC State Wolfpack played Clemson and ended up losing by a score of 96-71 in their last game. North Carolina State ended having earned a 41.7% field goal percentage (25 of 60) and knocked down 8 out of their 24 shots from beyond the arc. From the charity stripe, the Wolfpack converted 13 of their 20 shots for a percentage of 65.0%. When discussing grabbing rebounds, they earned 29 with 10 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 9 assists for the game while forcing the other team into 11 turnovers and getting 6 steals. With regard to defending, North Carolina State allowed their opponent to shoot 59.6% from the floor on 34 of 57 shooting. Clemson distributed 9 assists and had 4 steals for the game. Furthermore, Clemson snagged 34 rebounds (6 offensive, 28 defensive), but wrapped up the game with no rejections. Clemson finished the contest at 81.8% from the free throw line by burying 18 of 22 attempts. They made 10 out of their 19 shots from 3-point range. When discussing personal fouls, the Wolfpack finished with 18 and Clemson finished the game with 20 personal fouls.
D.J. Burns is one player who was a contributor in the matchup. He ended up shooting 61.1% from the floor but wasn't able to get an assist. He was on the hardwood for 31 mins and grabbed 6 rebounds. He walked away with 24 points on 11 out of 18 shooting.
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North Carolina State will enter this contest with a win-loss record of 22-8 on the campaign. They average 78.7 points per contest (31st in the country) while hitting 45.3% from the field. The Wolfpack are hitting 35.1% on shots from downtown (254 of 724) and 71.8% from the charity stripe. As a team, North Carolina State is pulling in 37.1 boards per contest and has totaled 398 assists for the year, which has them ranked 152nd in college hoops in terms of passing the rock. They lose possession by turning the ball over 9.6 times per game and as a team they are committing 17.3 fouls per contest.
When they are on defense, the Wolfpack are forcing 13.5 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 16.1 fouls. They are relinquishing 32.1% on three-point shots and they rank 195th in the nation in PPG allowed (70.3). The Wolfpack defense is giving up a FG percentage of 44.2% (756 of 1,710) and they relinquish 34.8 rebounds per game as a team. They currently rank 101st in college hoops in giving up assists with 341 conceded on the campaign.
When they last stepped on the court, the Duke Blue Devils got the victory with a final of 81-65 when they faced Virginia Tech. The Blue Devils were able to corral 28 defensive boards and 7 offensive rebounds for a total of 35 in this game. They gave up possession of the ball 9 times, while getting 6 steals in the game. Virginia Tech committed 17 fouls for this game which got the Blue Devils to the free throw line for a total of 17 attempts. They were able to knock down 14 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 82.4%. Regarding shots from 3-point land, Duke made 7 out of their 18 attempts (38.9%). Overall, the Blue Devils finished 30 out of 53 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 56.6%. The Blue Devils allowed Virginia Tech to convert 23 of 57 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 40.4% in this contest. They went 42.1% from behind the 3-point line via 8 of 19 and walked away from this one shooting 11 of 16 at the free throw line (68.8%). Regarding rebounding, Duke allowed Virginia Tech to collect 26 in total (8 on the offensive glass).
Jeremy Roach was important for the Blue Devils for the matchup. He tallied 19 points in his 34 mins of playing time and had 11 dimes in the matchup. He made 8 out of 13 for the game for a rate of 61.5%, and accounted for 5 rebounds.
Duke has a mark of 21-8 on the season. The Blue Devils are committing 15.3 personal fouls per contest and they hit 76.6% from the charity stripe. They are earning an assist 15.1 times per game (54th in college basketball) and they turn the ball over 12.4 times per game. Duke has scored 2,093 points on the year (72.2 per contest) and they pull in 39.1 rebounds per game. As an offensive unit, the Blue Devils are hitting on 44.7% from the floor, which ranks them 179th in college hoops.
The Blue Devils on defense are ranked 32nd in college hoops in points given up per game with 63.9. They have forced 11.4 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 41.4% from the floor (55th in D-1). The Duke defense allows 31.1% on 3-pointers (179 of 576) and opponents are connecting on 75.2% of their free throw attempts. They give up 11.6 dimes and 30.6 rebounds per game, which is ranked 98th and 18th in college hoops.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Duke
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