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North Carolina State vs Virginia Tech Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 7th Betting Odds

Wolfpack vs Hokies Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: North Carolina State Wolfpack at Virginia Tech Hokies
  • Where: Blacksburg at Cassell Coliseum
  • Date: Saturday, January 7th
  • Betting Odds: North Carolina State +5.5, NCST +195 | VTECH -245 O/U 144.5

Wolfpack Preview:

The North Carolina State Wolfpack head into today’s game in what will be their 17th game of the season, posting a record of 12-4. So far, the Wolfpack have played 4 games on the road, with a record of 1-3. For the season, North Carolina State has been the underdog in 5 games, sitting with a mark of 2-3. 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 18.44 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 45.1% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 16.0 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 16 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.

Hokies Preview:

Through 15 games, the Virginia Tech Hokies have an overall record of 11-4. Currently, the Hokies have been the home team 12 times, sitting with a record of 11-1. The Hokies’ are sitting with a betting line that is -5.5 points in their favor. For the season, Virginia Tech has been favored to win in 15 games, sitting with a mark of 11-4.

Virginia Tech’s leading scorer this season is Sean Pedulla, who is averaging 17.13 points per contest. So far, Pedulla has accounted for 22.95% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.53 rebounds per game and 4.27 assists. Grant Basile is the second leading scorer for the Hokies, averaging 13.8 points per game. Between him and Basile, they are accounting for 41.4% of the team’s scoring.

Virginia Tech comes into their matchup vs North Carolina State looking to improve their offensive numbers, as they are just 215th in college basketball at 70.7 points per game. One bright spot for them has been their ability to knock down 3-point shots, as they have connected at a rate of 39.3%. So far, 41.43% of the Hokies’ shots have been from beyond the arc. When looking at the team’s pace of play, they are currently a below average unit at 62.1 possessions per game.

Free Spread Prediction: Virginia Tech Hokies -5.5

For this showdown between the Virginia Tech Hokies and North Carolina State Wolfpack, our analysis points to 3-point shooting being a key factor in the outcome of this game. Both team’s come into the game with above average numbers in made 3’s per game. So far, Virginia Tech and North Carolina State are 121st and 171st in that department, respectively. After crunching the numbers, we anticipate Virginia Tech continuing to shoot the ball well. For the season, they have hit 39.3% of their looks from deep. With a point spread sitting at -5.5 in favor of Virginia Tech, we like them to not only win but cover the spread.

 


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