PITT at NC State 1/12/19 - College Basketball Picks & Predictions
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PITT Panthers vs. NC State Wolfpack
NCAAB: 12:00 PM EST
Jan. 12, 2019
The Pittsburgh Panthers visit PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina on Saturday to play the No. 15 ranked North Carolina State Wolfpack. The Panthers snapped a losing streak in the ACC of close to two years and 23 games with an 89-86 overtime win over Louisville. The Panthers were led by Try McGowens with 44 points and Xavier Johnson with 21 points and 10 assists.
North Carolina State fell to 13-2 on the season following its 90-82 loss on Tuesday to North Carolina. The Wolfpack watched UNC open with a 12-0 start and NC State never led in the entire game. Braxton Beverley led the Wolfpack with 21 points. The loss snapped a seven-game winning streak for North Carolina State.
Xavier Johnson leads Pitt in scoring and assists with averages of 16.5 points and 5.1 assists per game. Trey McGowens is the second leading scorer with an average of 13.8 points per game. Au’Diese Toney leads the Panthers in rebounding with an average of 5.9. Pitt as a team is shooting 45.6% from the field and 33.8% from 3-point territory.
Torin Dorn leads the Wolfpack in scoring and rebounding with averages of 14.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. Two other Wolfpack players are averaging double figures in scoring. The assists leader is Markell Johnson with an average of 4.2 per game. NC State is shooting 51.3% from the field and 39.9% from 3-point territory.
Recent Betting Trends:
Pittsburgh is 4-0-1 ATS in its last 5 on the road
The UNDER has cashed in 23 of the Panthers last 28 on Saturdays
North Carolina State is 7-2 ATS in its last 9
The UNDER has cashed in 11 of the Wolfpack’s last 19 at home
Free Betting Pick: North Carolina State Wolfpack -11.5
North Carolina State has covered the number in 5 of its last 6 against Pittsburgh. The home team (NC State) has covered the number in 4 of the last 5 between the two. North Carolina State has covered 11 of its last 16 at home and 5 of its last 6 following a loss ATS. Final Score Prediction, North Carolina State Wolfpack wins and covers ATS 87-72.