Virginia vs. N.C. State Pick
Can No. 18 Virginia stop the bleeding today when it hits the road to face N.C. State at Noon ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Virginia is favored on the road, as the Cavaliers are getting odds of -7.5 points against N.C. State. The over/under total for the game is listed at 131.5 points. Virginia has won four straight over N.C. State, but the two haven’t met this year. The Wolfpack have covered the spread in five of the last seven meetings.
Virginia is on a four-game losing streak to drop to 18-9 on the season and 8-7 in the ACC. The Cavaliers are also 14-11 against the spread after failing to cover in these last four games. On the season, UVA is averaging 67 points per game on offense while allowing 55.8 on defense. Over the last five games, Virginia is averaging 58.6 on offense and giving up 63.8 on defense. London Perrantes is leading the team with 12.3 points and 3.7 assists per game.
N.C. State snapped a seven-game losing streak this week with a 71-69 win at Georgia Tech. The Wolfpack are now 15-14 overall and 4-12 in the ACC while establishing a 10-16 record against the spread. N.C. State is averaging 79.1 points per game on offense while allowing 80.1 on defense. When at home, the Wolfpack are putting up 84.6 points per game on offense while allowing 76.9 on defense. Dennis Smith Jr. is averaging 18.9 points and 6.4 assists per game while Terry Henderson is averaging 14 points per game.
Virginia has been a hot mess the last few weeks and really struggling on offense. N.C. State isn’t a team to believe in much, but they still have the ability to score right now behind the play of Smith. Due to Virginia’s offensive struggles right now, I don’t trust them to win by 8 points, especially on the road.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: N.C. STATE +7.5