Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Wolfpack vs. Panthers CBB Odds
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2021 NCAA Basketball Handicapping
(8-9) NC State Wolfpack vs. Pittsburgh Panthers (9-7)
Date: Wednesday February 17, 2021
Time: 4:30 PM ET
Venue: Peterson Events Center, Pittsburgh, PA
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Pittsburgh -3.5
CBB Betting Total: O/U 143.0
Two ACC schools will look to snap their respective losing streaks Wednesday as the NC State Wolfpack travel to face the Pittsburgh Panthers.
NC State has lost two in a row and four of its last five. Pittsburgh has lost five of its last six games. These teams will play each other twice in a span of two weeks.
NC State Wolfpack
NC State got off to a great start this season, starting off 6-1. Since the turn of the calendar year, the Wolfpack have fallen off significantly and are 2-8 in their last 10 games. NC State now finds itself under .500, and their only wins during this 10-game stretch are Wake Forest and Boston College.
NC State is not a bad offensive team. They are in the top 70 in the country in both 3-point shooting and effective field goal percentage. They do a decent job of crashing the offensive glass, but struggle to take care of the ball and get to the free throw line.
Senior guard Devon Daniels was leading North Carolina State with 16.5 points and 5.0 rebounds, but his ACL injury has dealt a significant blow to this team. Jericole Hellems is now the leading scorer and has stepped up in Daniels’ absence, averaging 13.0 points. Senior forward DJ Funderburk is adding 11.9 points and 5.2 rebounds on 56.2 percent shooting from the floor.
Pittsburgh has been reeling of late as well after starting off conference play 4-1. Pittsburgh fell to Georgia Tech in its last game, dropping the Panthers to 5-6 in ACC play. They did keep games against Virginia and Georgia Tech close, for what its worth.
Pittsburgh has really struggled with all aspects of their shooting this year. They are outside of the top-200 in 3-point shooting and free throw shooting. They have the 74th most efficient offense in the country and grab a lot of offensive rebounds.
Pittsburgh must do a better job of taking care of the basketball against a NC State team that forces turnovers effectively.
Sophomore forward Justin Champagnie leads the Panthers with a double-double average. He leads the Panthers with 18.7 points and is grabbing 11.6 rebounds. Junior guard Au’Diese Toney is scoring 14.2 points along with snatching 6.0 rebounds. Junior guard Xavier Johnson is adding 14.1 points and is leading the way with a team-high 6.1 assists.
Defensively, Pittsburgh ranks 97th in the nation from a rating standpoint. They hold opponents to under 32 percent from deep but need to do a better job of protecting the paint and forcing turnovers. The Panthers are 212th in the nation in forcing turnovers and will need to play aggressively to try to and make NC State give the ball up.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Wolfpack are 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 road games.
- Wolfpack are 2-7-2 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
- Wolfpack are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss.
- Wolfpack are 2-8-2 ATS in their last 12 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Wolfpack are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Wolfpack are 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up loss.
- Wolfpack are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 Wednesday games.
- Panthers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Wednesday games.
- Panthers are 13-4 ATS in their last 17 home games following three or more consecutive road games.
- Panthers are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall.
Free NC State Wolfpack vs. Pittsburgh Panthers NCAAB Prediction:
This NC State has not been the same team since they lost Daniels. The Wolfpack have won just two games in conference play to the two worst teams in the conference play. The Panthers have the best player on the floor and will come away with the win.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Pittsburgh -3.5
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