North Carolina State vs. Pittsburgh - 2/29/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh (15-14) at North Carolina State(17-11)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 12:00 pm (PNC Arena)

The Line: North Carolina State -8.5 -- Over/Under: 136 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Pitt Panthers (15-14, CONF 6-12) and NC State Wolfpack (17-11, CONF 8-9) face off in an ACC showdown at PNC Arena. NC State has won the last nine games over Pitt but this is the first meeting between the two teams. 

Pittsburgh has been up and down this season and coming into this game they are really struggling having lost five games in a row and they failed to cover the spread in four of those games. Pittsburgh isn’t an elite offensive team and in their last game against Syracuse they could only manage 49 points. 

Away from home this season Pitt has a 2-7 record and the offense is only averaging 63.6 points while the defense is giving up 69.9 points. Over the last five games for Pitt the defense has been even worse giving up over 70 points a game.

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Pitt is led by Justin Champagnie who is averaging 12.3 points per game while shooting 41.9 percent from the field. In the last game against Syracuse Champagnie was one of the only bright spots putting up 13 points and 17 rebounds. 

NC State comes into this game having lost three of the last four games, but the one win was the biggest of the season beating Duke. Over the last five games, NC State is averaging 75 points per game while the defense is giving up 70.4 points. 

In the last game against UNC, NC State’s defense really struggled, giving up 85 points and that led to a loss. 

C.J. Bryce is the leader of the Wolfpack averaging 13.3 points while shooting 45.7 percent from the field. 

Pitt is 3-9-2 against the spread in their last 14 games played on Saturday. Pitt is 2-6 in the last eight against NC State.

The under is 10-1 in NC State’s last 11 home games. The under is 13-5 in NC State’s last 18 games overall. The under is 10-4 in NC State’s last 14 against the ACC. The under is 30-12-1 in Pitt’s last 43 Saturday games. 

The Panthers offense is really struggling, and even though they are facing a defense that hasn’t been elite they aren’t going to put up a lot of points. Look for Pitt’s lack of scoring to keep this game well under the total. 

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