North Carolina State Wolfpack vs Virginia Cavaliers Prediction, 2/7/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: NC State Wolfpack vs Virginia Cavaliers
Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023
Location: John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, VA
The NC State Wolfpack (19-5) are traveling to John Paul Jones Arena on Tuesday where they will take on the Virginia Cavaliers (17-4).
The NC State Wolfpack took the court against Georgia Tech and took home the win by a score of 72-64 in their last game. North Carolina State walked away from the contest having earned a 41.9% field goal percentage (26 out of 62) and knocked down 7 out of their 21 shots from 3-point land. From the free throw line, the Wolfpack converted 13 of their 17 tries for a rate of 76.5%. Pertaining to grabbing rebounds, they compiled 34 with 11 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 14 dimes in this contest while forcing the opposition into 16 turnovers and earning 9 steals. In terms of defending, North Carolina State let their opponent shoot 44.1% from the floor on 26 of 59 shooting. Georgia Tech recorded 9 dimes and had 5 steals for this contest. Furthermore, Georgia Tech collected 33 rebounds (7 offensive, 26 defensive), but didn't notch a block. Georgia Tech ended up going 66.7% at the charity stripe by knocking down 4 of their 6 attempts. They converted 8 out of their 24 tries from beyond the perimeter. In regard to fouls, the Wolfpack ended up with 10 and Georgia Tech finished the game with 17 fouls.
D.J. Burns is one player who played a role in the game. He walked away with 24 points on 11 out of 21 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 37 mins played and also collected 8 rebounds. He walked away from this one shooting 52.4% from the field and totaled 2 assists.
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North Carolina State will enter this contest with a record of 19-5 for the year. They average 79.6 pts per game (28th in college basketball) while going 45.1% from the field. The Wolfpack are shooting 35.2% on three-point shots (201 of 571) and 72.4% from the free throw line. As a team, North Carolina State is grabbing 37.5 boards per game and has racked up 323 assists so far this year, which is 158th in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. They turn it over 9.8 times per game and as a squad they commit 17.5 fouls per contest.
On the defensive end, the Wolfpack are able to force 14.0 turnovers every game while drawing 16.8 fouls. They are ranked 109th in college hoops in allowing assists to their opponents with 277 surrendered for the year. The Wolfpack defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 43.8% (599 of 1,369) and they surrender 34.8 boards per game as a basketball team. They concede 30.9% on shots from downtown and they are 186th in college basketball in points per game allowed (69.5).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Virginia Cavaliers went home defeated by a final of 74-68 against Virginia Tech. The Cavaliers were able to pull down 23 defensive boards and 10 offensive boards totaling 33 for the matchup. They turned the ball over 7 times, while earning 6 steals in this matchup. Virginia Tech committed 12 fouls in this matchup which got the Cavaliers to the free throw line for 18 attempts. They were able to convert 12 of those for a percentage of 66.7%. When it comes to shooting from distance, Virginia knocked down 6 of their 18 attempts (33.3%). In all, the Cavaliers shot 25 out of 61 from the floor which gave them a rate of 41.0%. The Cavaliers permitted Virginia Tech to make 27 of 53 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 50.9% in the game. They wrapped up this game 38.9% from distance by connecting on 7 of 18 and finished the contest at 13 of 17 at the charity stripe (76.5%). When it comes to attacking the glass, Virginia permitted Virginia Tech to get 29 in all (3 offensive).
Jayden Gardner ended up being a major contributor for the Cavaliers in the matchup. He had 20 points in his 31 minutes on the court and accumulated 1 assist in this matchup. He knocked down 8 out of 18 for this contest for a field goal rate of 44.4%, and had 10 rebounds.
Virginia has a mark of 17-4 so far this season. The Cavaliers are committing 14.3 fouls per contest and they shoot 71.9% from the charity stripe. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 16.4 times per game (17th in college basketball) and they are losing possession via turnover 9.3 times per game. Virginia has accounted for 1,477 pts so far this season (70.3 per contest) and they collect 32.5 rebounds per game. In terms of offensive execution, the Cavaliers are hitting on 45.7% from the field, which is 123rd in Division 1.
The Virginia defense gives up 34.3% on 3-pointers (146 of 426) and opponents are connecting on 74.6% of their free throw attempts. They surrender 11.8 dimes and 31.2 boards per contest, ranking them 114th and 38th in college hoops. The Cavaliers on the defensive end are ranked 10th in the country in PPG surrendered with 60.9. They are forcing their opponents into 12.4 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 41.6% from the field (76th in college basketball).
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Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take North Carolina State
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