North Carolina State vs. Duke - 3/2/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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North Carolina State Wolfpack (18-11) at Duke Blue Devils (23-6)
College Basketball: Monday, March 2, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Cameron Indoor Stadium)
The Line: Duke Blue Devils -13 -- Over/Under: 151 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The NC State Wolfpack (18-11, 9-9 CONF) and the Duke Blue Devils (23-6, 13-5 CONF) will meet on Monday, March 2nd for an ACC conference matchup at the Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, NC. The game will be played at 7:00 PM eastern time.
NC State is coming off a home win over Pittsburgh, 77-73 in their last game. That win snapped a two-game losing streak for NC State, who is currently on the bubble when it comes to the NCAA Tournament. Duke is coming off a 52-50 road loss to Virginia in their last game. Duke has now lost back-to-back games and three of their last four. It is never good for a team of Duke’s caliber to struggle heading into March, therefore it will be interesting to see if they can rebound.
NC State scores 74.6 points per game on 44.8 percent field goal shooting this season. NC State’s leading scorer and rebounder is C.J. Bryce who scores 13.4 points per game and earns 6.2 rebounds per game. NC State allows 69.7 points per game to the opposition, therefore they have a +4.9 scoring differential so far this season. NC State also earns 36.1 rebounds, 13.2 assists, 4.7 blocks, and 7.4 steals per game as a team.
Duke scores 82.1 points per game on 47.0 percent field goal shooting this season. Duke’s leading scorer and rebounder is C Vernon Carey Jr., who scores 17.6 points per game and earns 8.8 rebounds per game. Duke allows 67.7 points per game to the opposition, thus they have a +14.4 scoring differential so far this season. Duke also earns 40.0 rebounds, 15.4 assists, 6.0 blocks, and 8.4 steals per game as a team.
NC State is 13-15-1 against the spread this season and 3-7 against the spread in their last three games. NC State is also 6-5 against the spread on the road so far this season. Duke is 14-15 against the spread this season and 3-7 against the spread in their last ten games. Duke is also 8-7 against the spread at home so far this season.
With the way Duke has been playing it would be really difficult for me to lay 13 whole points with them, even at home. On top of that, you have an NC State team that is literally the "last team in" according to Joe Lunardi. I have to take NC State in this spot, as they cannot afford to be blown out in this game. A win for them on the road would lock them a spot in the NCAA Tournament, so I think they will keep the game competitive at least.