Panthers vs. Wolfpack Prediction
The 15th-ranked North Carolina State Wolfpack are coming off a home loss to their in-state rivals. Can NC State bounce back today as they play again at home versus the Pittsburgh Panthers?
Saturday, January 12, 2019
PNC Arena at 12PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Wolfpack are an 11.5-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is set at 153.5 points. As of Saturday morning, 63 percent of public bets are being placed on visiting Pitt. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest updates.
Panthers prevail in OT
Pittsburgh shook off a poor second half Wednesday night at home to top Louisville 89-86 in overtime. The Panthers (11-4, 1-1 ACC) were outscored 51-41 in the second half, but bounced back to outscore the Cardinals 10-7 in the extra session. Trey McGowens paced Pitt with a game-best 33 points on 12-of-19 shooting including 4-of-7 from 3-point range plus 5-of-10 at the free throw line. He also tallied six rebounds, three steals and two assists. Xavier Johnson contributed 21 points plus 10 assists and five rebounds. Terrell Brown added 11 points, five rebounds and five blocked shots. The Panthers shot 32-of-61 from the field, 9-of-20 from 3-point range and 16-of-33 at the free throw line.
Wolfpack have seven-game win streak snapped
North Carolina State lost for the first time in eight games Wednesday night at home by a count of 90-82 versus rival North Carolina. The Wolfpack (13-2, 1-1) trailed 47-42 at halftime and could not rally after the break. Braxton Beverly led NC State with 21 points off the bench on 8-of-14 shooting including 5-of-7 on 3-point attempts. D.J. Funderburk tallied 15 points, five rebounds and two blocked shots as a reserve. C.J. Bryce accounted for 13 points, four assists, three boards and three steals. Torin Dorn had 12 points, 10 caroms and two blocks. Markel Johnson added 11 points, four assists and four steals. North Carolina State shot 31-of-73 from the field including 8-of-28 from 3-point range plus 12-of-17 on free throw attempts.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Panthers are 4-0-1 ATS in their last five road games. Pittsburgh is 5-2 ATS in its last seven ACC games.
North Carolina State
The Wolfpack are 7-2 ATS in their last nine games overall. North Carolina State is 11-5 ATS in its last 16 home games.
North Carolina State has played well at home, at least until its loss to UNC, but after a defeat in a rivalry game I could see an emotional letdown here. Even if the Wolfpack don't play a stellar game, they could win by 10 or 11 and still not cover the spread. I'm taking a shot on Pitt after its inspired performance last game hoping it can build off it. The Panthers struggle offensively, but have the ability to keep it close with a sound defensive approach.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: PITTSBURGH PANTHERS +11.5