Pittsburgh Panthers (11-4) at #15 NC State Wolfpack(13-2)
NCAA BB: January 12, 2019 @ 12:00 PM EST (PNC Arena)
Line and Odds: Wolfpack -11.5 — Over/Under: 153
Free NCAA BB Pick NC State Wolfpack Vs. Pittsburgh Panters
Saturday features a college basketball slate riddled with intriguing matchups, and an intra-ACC matchup between the Panthers and Wolfpack should be one of the better games of the afternoon.
The Panthers come into this one on the heels of a win against Louisville that broke a 23-game skid against ACC teams in the regular season (a streak perpetuated by Pitt’s crushing 25 point loss to UNC just a week ago) and will look to carry that momentum into Saturday’s game against NC State. Pitt’s strength on offense comes from attacking the rim and drawing fouls with drives from their athletic backcourt, but the offense really thrives when it can score from deep as well like it did against Louisville. The Panthers have struggled to close games out at times this season and a lack of strong shooting can sink them, but getting backup guard Sidy N’Dir back from an injury should help the team stay rested and contribute to their three point attack (N’Dir shoots 44.4% from deep). On defense, the Panthers boast an impressive top-15 opponent effective field goal percentage driven by a strong ability to defend against three-point opportunities.
This season’s NC State team is a deep, offensive focused squad that has the third best scoring offense in the league and relies on its strong bench to post the fifth best scoring margin in the nation (21.1 ppg). The Wolfpack are particularly dangerous from behind the arc (the team shoots 40% from three point range) and move the ball well, ranking among the top ten teams in assists per game. On defense, NC State hold opponents to a solid but unspectacular 67.6 points per game while forcing turnovers at an impressive rate. The Wolfpack do struggle to limit free throws though and tend to get into foul trouble — something to keep in mind considering that free throws are a key part of the Panthers’ offense. NC State is an excellent rebounding team with a top tier offense and solid defense, making them the clear favorite in this matchup.
Cover The Spread 365 Betting Trends
4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
5-1 ATS in its last 6 road games
1-12 SU in its last 13 games on the road
7-2 ATS in its last 9 games
5-1 ATS in its last 6 games playing Pittsburgh
7-1 SU in its last 8 games
Free NCAA BB Pick Pittsburgh Panthers vs NC State Wolfpack
Although NC State is clearly the better team here, Pitt is a solid opponent led by their impressive backcourt and should put up a good fight. Expect a Wolfpack victory, but the Panthers should hang on to cover the spread.