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North Carolina State vs North Carolina Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 21st Betting Odds

Wolfpack vs Tar Heels Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: North Carolina State Wolfpack at North Carolina Tar Heels
  • Where: Chapel Hill at Dean E. Smith Center
  • Date: Saturday, January 21st
  • Betting Odds: North Carolina State +5.5, NCST +189 | NCAR -237 O/U 153.5

Wolfpack Preview:

North Carolina State will take their 4 game win streak into today’s game. So far, the team has an overall record of 15-4. So far, the Wolfpack have played 6 games on the road, with a record of 3-3. For the season, North Carolina State has been the underdog in 6 games, sitting with a mark of 3-3. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Wolfpack being +5.5 point underdogs.

North Carolina State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Terquavion Smith who is averaging 19.05 points per game for the Wolfpack. Smith is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Wolfpack’s offensive game plan is the play of Jarkel Joiner who has hit 44.2% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 16.16 points per game.

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On offense, North Carolina State is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.0 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 19 games, they have only hit 34.0% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 39.25% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.

Tar Heels Preview:

North Carolina heads into this matchup having played 19 games and have an overall record sitting at 13-6. So far this season, North Carolina has played 10 games at home, sitting with a record of 10-0. The Tar Heels’ are sitting with a betting line that is -5.5 points in their favor. For the season, North Carolina has been favored to win in 15 games, sitting with a mark of 13-2.

Armando Bacot comes into today’s game as the Tar Heels’ leading scorer at 17.56 points per contest. Not only has Bacot been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is North Carolina’s top rebounder at 11.17 boards per contest. Behind Bacot, the team has benefited from the strong play of Caleb Love, who is second on the team in scoring at 16.26 points per game. Overall, he has hit 38.5% of his shots and is adding 3.63 boards per game.

So far this season, North Carolina has put together a strong scoring offense at 77.5 points per game (45th). This strong figure has come despite the Tar Heels playing at a slow tempo compared to other schools. For the season, they have hit 36.2% of their shots from outside, which is closer to the NCAA average. North Carolina’s overall field goal percentage currently sits at 45.3%

Free Spread Prediction: North Carolina State Wolfpack +5.5

Heading into this matchup between the North Carolina Tar Heels and North Carolina State Wolfpack we have a strong lean on taking the points with North Carolina State at +5.5. Both team’s are going to come into this game looking to get up looks from outside, as they are both average team’s in terms of 3-pointers made per game. Look for North Carolina State to benefit from facing another squad looking to turn this into a 3-point shooting contest. When looking at the line, we see tremendous value in taking the North Carolina State Wolfpack at +5.5. Go ahead and lock this bet in before tip-off.

 


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