North Carolina NCAA Hoops Showdown

North Carolina NCAA Hoops Odds Showdown NC vs NC State

Written by on February 24, 2016

This Wednesday, the North Carolina State Wolfpack host the #7 North Carolina Tar Heels in ACC basketball play. The Tar Heels (22-5) are in first place in the ACC, coming off an impressive 96-71 home win over #11 Miami. The Wolfpack (14-13) are in 13th place in the ACC, but hey are coming off a 77-74 nailbiter of a defeat of Clemson at home on Saturday. Find out more about the updated March Madness betting lines here.

North Carolina NCAA Hoops Odds Showdown NC vs NC State

When: Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 8:00 PM ETWhere: PNC Arena, Raleigh, NCTV: ESFCRadio: North Carolina Tar Heels Radio NetworkLive Stream: ESP3NCAAB Odds: TBA 

Why should you bet on the Wolfpack?

When the Wolfpack have offensive balance, they are a dangerous team. In their defeat of Clemson over the weekend, even though Anthony “Cat” Barber didn’t have his usual hot shooting hand, Abdul-Malik Abu (17 points, 16 boards) and Maverick Rowan (20 points, 17 after halftime) contributed mightily to the winning effort for North Carolina State. Caleb Martin also added 16 points. The key was on the boards, as the Wolfpack outrebounded Clemson 43-30. When North Carolina has lost this season, it has been when the opposition outhustled them to the boards and got timely stops. N.C. State has shown the ability to get clutch stops at times. I might take the Wolfpack here if the line is 15 or more.

Why should you put your money on North Carolina?

North Carolina had been a team on the ropes, losing to Notre Dame and then giving a game away to Duke in the last minute. Two days after that Duke loss, the team looked at just two of the plays on film before coach Roy Williams just told his team to move on, according to ESPN. With Miami coming to town in first place, North Carolina responded by shooting 54 percent and playing like they were the top team in the nation, leading by as many as 38 points at one point in the second half. The momentum that they had in the first part of conference play appears to be back.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like North Carolina to take care of business on the road in this game, having shaken the Notre Dame and Duke losses off — and the Wolfpack aren’t nearly as talented as these other two foes. I’m picking North Carolina, 90-68.