Duke Blue Devils (22-3) at NC State Wolfpack (16-9)
NCAA Men's Basketball: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 9:00 p.m. (PNC Arena)
Line and Odds: Duke -6.5 -- Over/Under 152
Free NCAA Basketball Pick Duke Blue Devils vs. NC State Wolfpack
Coach K's squad has been red hot going on a 7-game winning streak since dropping back-to-back games in mid-January. They are looking to make it eight and stay ranked 6th in the country going into PNC Arena.
NC State Wolfpack
The Wolfpack have lost three out of the last five games with crushing defeats to two teams with a record under .500 (Boston College, North Carolina). In their last game, NC State had a little too late attempt at a comeback against Boston College ultimately losing 71-68. As a team, the Wolfpack shot 2 of 19 from three, which needs to improve if they want any shot at winning.
Kevin Keatts team ranks 95th in the country on offense scoring 74.28 points per game shooting 44.71% from the floor. At home, their scoring improves to 76.14 per contest shooting 44.73% from the floor. CJ Bryce leads the Wolfpack in scoring putting up 14.0 PPG. He's also the team leader in rebounds with 6.1 a game. Their second-leading scorer is Markell Johnson with 12.6 PPG.
On defense, NC State allows 69.20 points a game on 42.45% from the field, that's good for 175th in the country. At home, their defense is much better allowing just 66.0 points a meeting. The Wolfpack is very reliable on guard defense for their success between their lead guards Bryce and Johnson.
Duke Blue Devils
Duke is coming off a demolishing of the Notre Dame Irish this past weekend 94-60. Big man Vernon Carey led the way for the Blue Devils absolutely destroying the paint against the Irish. He had 21 points on 8 of 10 shooting and was virtually impossible for Notre Dame to stop.
Offensively, the Blue Devils are a top three team in the country averaging 83.04 points per game. What's even more impressive is that their offense on the road is also top 3 in the country scoring 83.22 points a contest. Vernon Carey is Coach K's top scorer with 17.6 PPG for the freshman. Team leader and point guard Tre Jones is the second leading scorer with 15.8 PPG.
The Blue Devils are also a great defense team allowing just 65.80 points a game. That ranks them 81st in the country. On the road, they tend to give up more points allowing 70.44 points a meeting, ranking them 131st in the nation.
Cover The Spread 365 NCAA Basketball Betting Trends
- Duke is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games against North Carolina State.
- The Blue Devils are 14-5 SU in their last 19 games against North Carolina State.
- Duke is 7-1 SU in their last 8 games on the road.
- North Carolina State is 2-4 SU in their last 6 games.
- The Wolfpack are 11-3 at home this season.
- North Carolina State are 10-5 ATS in their last 15 games played in February.
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