N.C. State vs. Louisville Pick
Will No. 13 Louisville have any trouble at home when it hosts N.C. State today at 1PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Louisville is favored at home, as the Cardinals are getting odds of -14 points against N.C. State. The over/under total for the game has yet to be set. Louisville has won two straight against N.C. State, but each team covered the spread once.
Louisville had a good response to its loss to Florida State last weekend when it beat Pittsburgh on the road, 106-51. The Cardinals are now 17-3 overall and 5-3 in the ACC. Louisville is 3-0-1 against the spread in its last four and is now 13-5-1 against the spread on the season and 9-2 ATS at home. Louisville is averaging 77.6 points per game on offense while giving up just 62.2 points per game on defense. At home, the Cardinals have averages 81 points offensively. Louisville is without Quentin Snider for a few weeks due to a hip injury. He has been the team’s second-leading scorer at 12.1 points per game. Donovan Mitchell is leading Louisville this season with 14.1 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.
N.C. State is coming off an 84-82 win at Duke this week. The Wolfpack are now 14-7 on the season and 3-5 in the ACC. N.C. State improved to 9-9 against the spread with the win, but the Wolfpack are only 3-5 ATS away from home. N.C. State has struggled on defense, allowing 77.4 per game this season. That number jumps to 86.4 on the road. Offensively, N.C. State averages 81.7 on the season but only 68.6 on the road. Dennis Smith Jr. is putting up 19.5 points and 6.5 assists per game to lead the team while Terry Henderson is averaging 14.5 points.
N.C. State’s win at Duke was an anomaly. The Wolfpack have really struggled on the road prior, losing their other three ACC road trips by 12 points or more. Louisville should be able to score with ease on this defense. The Cardinals are coming off putting up 106 points on Pitt, even without Snider. Look for Louisville to have another big win today.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: LOUISVILLE -14