Notre Dame vs. N.C. State Pick
Can No. 25 Notre Dame continue its win streak when it goes on the road to face N.C. State today at Noon ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Notre Dame is favored on the road, as the Fighting Irish are getting odds of -5.5 points against the Wolfpack. The over/under total for the game is listed at 157 points. Notre Dame has won the last two in this series, covering the spread in both wins.
Notre Dame is on a three-game winning streak to improve to 20-7 on the season and 9-5 in the ACC. The Irish have also covered the spread in three of their last four games to get to 13-7-1 against the spread on the season. The Irish are averaging 79.4 points per game on offense while the defense is giving up 69.6 per contest. Bonzie Colson is averaging 16.9 points and 10.7 rebounds per game to lead the team while V.J. Beachem is adding 15 points per contest.
N.C. State has lost six straight coming into today and the Wolfpack fired coach Mark Gottfried following the most recent loss. However, he is remaining the coach until the season concludes. N.C. State is now 14-13 on the season and 3-11 in the ACC. They have failed to cover in any of these six losses and are now 9-15 against the spread. N.C. State is averaging 79.6 points per game on offense while allowing 80.5 on defense. At home, the Wolfpack have been scoring 85.4 points per game. Dennis Smith Jr. has been leading the team with 19points and 6.7 assists per game while Terry Henderson is adding 14 points per contest.
With Gottfried getting fired, there is a chance N.C. State could have an emotionally uplifting performance, but then again, the team wasn’t doing that before he was fired so why should that change now? Notre Dame is rolling right now while the Wolfpack have lost their last three by at least 24 points. Go with the Irish to keep rolling.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: NOTRE DAME -5.5