North Carolina NCAA Hoops Odds Showdown NC vs NC State
The sixth-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels will look to find the consistency they’ve been missing all month while shoring up their March Madness seeding prognosis when they visit the NC State Wolfpack in an intriguing ACC clash that gets underway on Wednesday at 8:00 PM ET, live from PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. Now, let’s find out why this contest is offering a ton of value for college hoops betting fans everywhere.
How To Bet The No. 6 North Carolina vs. NC State NCAAB Odds & TV Info
When: Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 8:00 PM ET
Where: PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina
TV Stream: WatchESPN
NCAAB Odds: TBA
Why Bet The North Carolina Tar Heels
North Carolina (22-5 SU, 11-15 ATS) laid a huge, 96-71 smackdown on No. 12 Miami on Saturday to easily cover the spread as a 7.5-point home favorite one game after suffering a heartbreaking loss against No. 20 Duke. “I wanted to make sure there’s no “Woe is me,'” North Carolina coach Roy Williams said afterward.
Forward Brice Johnson scored a team-high 16 points and forward Justin Jackson added 15 points to help Carolina bounce back from their crushing loss against rival Duke. “We’re just learning from our mistakes,” forward Isaiah Hicks said. “Lost by one (to Duke) so that means the little things come and factor in.”
The Tar Heels shot a blistering 54.9 from the field against Miami. “The ball really went in for us and our depth really wore them down,” Williams said.
Why Bet The North Carolina State Wolfpack
The inconsistent Wolfpack (14-13 SU, 13-11 ATS) got past Clemson in its 77-74 win on Saturday to narrowly cash in as a 2-point home favorite and improve to a blistering 51 ATS over its last six games. Forward Abdul-Malik Abu scored 17 points and pulled down 16 rebounds to lead NC State to victory while guard Maverick Rowan scored a team-high 20 points and forward Caleb Martin added 16 points.
The good news for the Wolfpack and their betting backers coming into this contest is the fact that NC State has won three straight home games.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
North Carolina averages almost nine points per game more than NC State while simultaneously limiting their opponents to 3.2 fewer points per game defensively. Having said that, I believe the Heels will be favored by about seven or eight points in this contest, but it won’t matter much as North Carolina gets the double-digit win.
I know the Tar Heels are just 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall and an uninspiring 0-4 ATS in their last four road games, but NC State is just 1-4 ATS in their last five home games against a team with a winning road record and 1-5 ATS in their last six games following an SU win.
The Home team in this lengthy rivalry is 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings and the Tar Heels are 0-4 ATS in the last four games against their in-state rivals, but I’m backing the deeper and more talent-laden Heels to put a big dent in those trends by getting the big road win in this contest.
My final score prediction: North Carolina 83 NC State 75