North Carolina State Wolfpack vs Wake Forest Demon Deacons Prediction, 1/28/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: NC State Wolfpack vs Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Date: Saturday, January 28, 2023
Location: Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, NC
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons (14-7) will go up against the NC State Wolfpack (16-5) at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Saturday.
The NC State Wolfpack played Notre Dame and notched a win by a score of 85-82 in their last contest. North Carolina State walked away from the contest having earned a 41.2% field goal percentage (28 out of 68) and converted 6 of their 20 3-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Wolfpack converted 23 of 27 tries for a rate of 85.2%. Regarding hauling in rebounds, they compiled 27 with 7 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 13 assists for the game as well as forcing 15 turnovers and earning 9 steals. When discussing defense, North Carolina State allowed the other team to go 51.9% from the floor on 28 of 54 shooting. Notre Dame earned 11 assists and had 1 steal for the matchup. Additionally, Notre Dame grabbed 38 rebounds (6 offensive, 32 defensive), but couldn't earn a rejection. Notre Dame finished the game at 81.0% at the free throw line by knocking down 17 of 21 attempts. They converted 9 of 21 tries from long range. Concerning fouls, the Wolfpack ended up walking away with 19 and Notre Dame finished the game with 18 fouls.
Jarkel Joiner is a guy who was a major factor for the game. He ended up finishing with 28 points on 9 out of 18 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 38 mins and also grabbed 6 rebounds. He ended up shooting 50.0% from the field and also totaled 1 assist.
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North Carolina State steps onto the hardwood with a record of 16-5 so far this year. They are averaging 79.3 points per contest (34th in the country) while going 45.0% from the floor. The Wolfpack are shooting 33.9% on three-point attempts (174 of 513) and 73.1% from the free throw line. As a unit, North Carolina State is collecting 37.2 rebounds per contest and has accumulated 292 assists this year, which is 113th in the country in terms of passing. They turn it over 10.1 times per game and as a basketball team they are committing 17.8 fouls every game.
When they are on defense, the Wolfpack are able to force 14.3 turnovers per game while drawing 16.7 fouls. They are currently ranked 116th in the country in giving up assists to the opposition with 241 surrendered for the campaign. The Wolfpack defense is allowing an opponent FG percentage of 43.6% (521 of 1,196) and they relinquish 35.0 rebounds per game as a team. They relinquish 30.7% on shots from downtown and they are 193rd in college basketball in points per game allowed (69.6).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons took a loss by a score of 81-79 against Pittsburgh. In reference to team rebounding, Wake Forest allowed Pittsburgh to snag 30 in total (5 on the offensive glass). They shot 48.6% from three-point range by shooting 18 out of 37 and finished the game at 7 of 8 from the charity stripe (87.5%). The Demon Deacons allowed Pittsburgh to bury 28 of 58 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 48.3% for the matchup. When the game finished, the Demon Deacons finished shooting 29 for 57 from the field which gave them a percentage of 50.9%. Regarding shooting from 3-point land, Wake Forest converted 10 out of their 27 tries (37.0%). They were able to bury 11 of those for a rate of 61.1%. Pittsburgh was called for 18 personal fouls for the matchup which took the Demon Deacons to the free throw line for 18 tries. They turned the ball over 7 times, while getting 5 steals for the contest. The Demon Deacons pulled down 23 defensive boards and 4 offensive boards for a total of 27 for this contest.
Tyree Appleby was important for the Demon Deacons for the contest. He earned 15 points in his 38 minutes on the court and earned 7 dimes for this game. He converted 5 out of 14 for the matchup for a rate of 35.7%, and had 4 rebounds.
Wake Forest has a record of 14-7 so far this year. The Demon Deacons are responsible for committing 16.3 fouls per game while shooting 73.0% from the charity stripe. They are earning an assist 13.0 times per game (207th in the nation) and they cough up possession 12.2 times per contest. Wake Forest has totaled 1,626 points on the campaign (77.4 per game) and they grab 34.5 rebounds per contest. On the offensive side of the ball, the Demon Deacons are shooting 46.9% from the floor, which is ranked 56th in D-1.
The Demon Deacons defensively are ranked 270th in college basketball in points allowed per game with 72.7. They are able to force 13.3 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 44.0% from the field (232nd in college hoops). The Wake Forest defense allows 34.6% on shots from beyond the perimeter (193 of 558) and their opponents are knocking down 71.7% of their free throw shots. They have relinquished 13.0 dimes and 33.5 total boards per game, which is ranked 215th and 140th in the country.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take North Carolina State
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