NC State vs Penn State 12/15/18 - College Basketball Picks & Predictions
The North Carolina State Wolfpack visit Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Saturday to play the Penn State Nittany Lions. North Carolina continues to play well improving to 8-1 on the season following a 100-67 rout of Western Carolina on Wednesday. Devon Daniels led the Wolfpack with 21 points.
Penn State raised its record to 5-4 for the season following its 76-65 win against Colgate. Rasir Bolton led the Nittany Lions with 27 points, a career-high, and Lamar Stevens and Mike Watkins each posted double-doubles as the Nittany Lions cruised to victory. NC State led at the half by 11 points but saw its lead evaporate to just three points, before an 11-3 run by Penn State increased the lead to double digits once again.
Torin Dorn leads the Wolfpack in scoring and rebounding with averages of 16.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. C.J. Bryce is second in scoring and second in rebounding with averages of 12.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. The assists leader is Markell Johnson with an average of 4.2 per game. NC State is shooting 51.3% from the field and 39.6% from 3-point territory.
Lamar Stevens leads Penn State in scoring and rebounding with averages of 20.4 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. Josh Reaves is third in scoring and is the leader in assists with averages of 10.4 points and 3.3 assists per game. Penn State is shooting 42.0% from the field and 31.1% from 3-point territory.
North Carolina is off to a strong start winning 8 of its first 9 outright. The Wolfpack has covered the number in 4 of its last 5, 7 of its last 10 on Saturday and 4 of its last 5 non-ACC games. Penn State on the other hand has failed to cover 4 of its last 5 and 4 of its last 5 versus an opponent with a winning record straight up. Final Score Prediction, NC State Wolfpack win and cover ATS 78-71.