Tar Heels and Wolfpack Headed in Different Directions
The North Carolina State Wolfpack and the North Carolina Tar Heels will battle on Tuesday at Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill. The Wolfpack have lost three of four, causing them to drop out of the Top 25. The Tar Heels have won five in a row and climbed to No. 8 in the latest poll.
N.C. State’s loss on Saturday was a historic one. The team scored the fewest points by a ranked team in the shot-clock era. They got hammered in a 47-24 loss to Virginia Tech. North Carolina got some revenge on Saturday. They got a win at Louisville 79-69. That was three weeks after the Cardinals crushed the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill, N.C.
This, That, and a Dart Throw
The Wolfpack are 16-6 overall, and 4-5 in the ACC on the season. The Wolfpack average 81.6 points per game. which is 30th in Division I. They hit just 9-of-54 shots. This resulted in the lowest field-goal percentage in a game in the history of the ACC. That is only 16.7%. Yes you read that correctly. N.C. State was 2-of-28 from 3-point range. The output was low-lighted by Braxton Beverly’s 0-for-9 performance beyond the arc. If there was a positive for the Wolfpack to take away from the game, it was on defense. They limited the Hokies to 35.6 percent shooting while winning the turnover battle 12-10. Despite averaging over 80 points per game, N.C. State hasn’t cracked the 80-point plateau in six consecutive games.
The Tar Heels are 17-4 overall and 7-1 in the ACC for the season. Luke Maye had a game-high 20 points on 7-of-18 shooting. He also had 11 Windex’s. Three other Tar Heels hit double figures in scoring. Cameron Johnson had 20, Garrison Brooks scored 12, and Kenny Williams chipped in 10. North Carolina was dominant inside against the Cardinals. They won the rebounding battle 49-32, including 18-7 on the offensive glass. Maye had 21 points and 11 rebounds against the Wolfpack earlier this season.
PREDICTION: North Carolina 78, North Carolina State 70
ACC Basketball Betting Odds & Trends
|North Carolina State Wolfpack|
|The Wolfpack are 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games|
|North Carolina State is 16-6 SU in its last 22 games|
|The Wolfpack are 2-4 SU in its last 6 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 5 of North Carolina State’s last 6 games|
|The Wolfpack are 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road|
|North Carolina State is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road|
|The total has gone OVER in 8 of North Carolina State’s last 11 games on the road|
|The Wolfpack are 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing North Carolina|
|North Carolina State is 3-22 SU in its last 25 games when playing North Carolina|
|The Wolfpack are 2-15 SU in its last 17 games when playing on the road against North Carolina|
|The total has gone UNDER in 6 of North Carolina State’s last 8 games when playing on the road against North Carolina|
|North Carolina Tar Heels|
|The Tar Heels are 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games|
|North Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 9 of North Carolina’s last 11 games|
|The Tar Heels are 9-2 SU in its last 11 games at home|
|The total has gone UNDER in 5 of North Carolina’s last 6 games at home|
|The Tar Heels are 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing North Carolina State|
|North Carolina is 22-3 SU in its last 25 games when playing North Carolina State|
|The Tar Heels are 15-2 SU in its last 17 games when playing at home against North Carolina State|
|The total has gone UNDER in 6 of North Carolina’s last 8 games when playing at home against North Carolina State|
North Carolina State at Pittsburgh Saturday, February 9
North Carolina home to Miami Saturday, February 9
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