North Carolina State Wolfpack vs North Carolina Tar Heels Prediction, 1/21/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: NC State Wolfpack vs North Carolina Tar Heels
Date: Saturday, January 21, 2023
Location: Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill, NC
The North Carolina Tar Heels (13-6) are hosting the NC State Wolfpack (15-4) at Dean E. Smith Center on Saturday.
The NC State Wolfpack faced off with Georgia Tech and earned the victory with a final of 78-66 in their last contest. Concerning fouls, the Wolfpack finished with 19 and Georgia Tech accumulated 18 fouls. They buried 2 out of their 21 attempts from beyond the perimeter. Georgia Tech walked away from this one shooting 42.1% at the charity stripe by converting 8 of 19 shots. Moreover, Georgia Tech grabbed 34 boards (16 offensive, 18 defensive), but didn't notch a rejection. Georgia Tech totaled 16 dimes and had 8 steals for this game. In relation to the defense, North Carolina State allowed their opponent to shoot 39.4% from the floor on 28 out of 71 shooting. They also doled out 15 assists in this matchup while forcing the other team into 9 turnovers and earning 6 steals. When discussing pulling down rebounds, they compiled 36 with 7 of them being of the offensive variety. When they shot from the free throw line, the Wolfpack knocked down 17 of 20 attempts for a rate of 85.0%. North Carolina State ended the game having earned a 50.9% FG percentage (27 out of 53) and converted 7 of their 21 3-point shots.
Terquavion Smith is someone who had an impact for this game. He ended up finishing with 25 points on 9 of 17 shooting. He saw the court for 38 minutes played and also grabbed 3 boards. He finished the game at 52.9% from the field and also earned 5 dimes.
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North Carolina State will play this game with a record of 15-4 on the season. They turn it over 10.6 times per game and as a squad are committing 17.3 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, North Carolina State is grabbing 38.0 boards per contest and has racked up 272 assists for the campaign, which is 102nd in the country in terms of passing. The Wolfpack are connecting on 34.2% on shots from distance (163 of 476) and 71.2% from the free throw line. They are averaging 79.5 points per game (36th in Division 1) while going 45.4% from the field.
Defensively, the Wolfpack are forcing 14.6 turnovers per contest and they draw 16.7 personal fouls. They currently rank 141st in D-1 in giving up assists to the opposition with 225 surrendered this season. The Wolfpack defense is giving up an opponent FG percentage of 43.5% (473 of 1,088) and they concede 34.3 rebounds per contest as a group. They are conceding 30.4% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are 160th in Division 1 in PPG allowed (68.4).
In their last game, the North Carolina Tar Heels went home victorious with a score of 72-64 against Boston College. In regard to attacking the glass, North Carolina permitted Boston College to pull down 25 overall (3 on the offensive glass). They shot 0.0% from distance by hitting 0 of 6 and finished the game at 12 of 14 from the free throw line (85.7%). The Tar Heels allowed Boston College to bury 26 of their 54 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 48.1% in the game. Overall, the Tar Heels ended up shooting 26 out of 61 from the field which gave them a percentage of 42.6%. With regard to shots from downtown, North Carolina made 10 of 29 attempts (34.5%). They were able to knock down 10 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 58.8%. Boston College had 19 fouls in the matchup which got the Tar Heels to the free throw line for a total of 17 attempts. They turned it over 12 times, while recording 6 steals in this contest. The Tar Heels earned 22 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive rebounds for a total of 33 for the matchup.
Armando Bacot was important for the Tar Heels in the game. He converted 8 of 11 in the matchup for a rate of 72.7%, and accumulated 16 rebounds. He recorded 20 points in his 35 mins of playing time and had 3 dimes for the contest.
North Carolina has a mark of 13-6 for the campaign. The Tar Heels have committed 17.0 personal fouls every game and they hit 73.2% from the charity stripe. They are getting an assist 12.8 times per contest (227th in college basketball) and they are turning it over 11.5 times per game. North Carolina has scored 1,512 pts this season (79.6 per contest) and they pull in 39.4 rebounds per game. When it comes to executing on offense, the Tar Heels are connecting on 45.8% from the field, which is 114th in the nation.
The North Carolina defense surrenders 33.3% from downtown (137 of 412) and their opposition makes 66.8% of their foul shots. They relinquish 12.4 dimes and 34.4 boards on a nightly basis, which is ranked 161st and 195th in those categories. The Tar Heels are ranked 265th in D-1 in points per game surrendered with 72.4. They have forced 11.5 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 43.4% from the floor (200th in college basketball).
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Tony Sink's Pick: Take North Carolina State
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