North Carolina State at Davidson: 3/18/21 NIT College Basketball Picks and Predictions
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Davidson Wildcats (13-8) vs North Carolina State Wolfpack (13-10)
Game Info: Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 7:00 pm (The Super Pit)
Betting Odds: Davidson Wildcats -2.5 -- Over/Under: 139 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The NC State Wolfpack and Davidson Wildcats face off on in a college basketball showdown Thursday in the NIT at UNT Coliseum.
The NC State Wolfpack just missed out in the NCAA Tournament, but coming into this game they have won five of their last six games. The only loss during that stretch was against the Syracuse Orange in the last game, a game they lost by 21 points. If NC State would have won the game, it could have been the difference maybe in making the tournament. On the season, NC State is averaging 73.2 points per game while their defense is giving up 70.3 points per game. NC State is shooting 46.8 percent from the field and 36.6 percent from behind the three point line. Jericole Hellums has been the best player for NC State averaging 12.8 points while shooting 47.8 percent from the field and 34.5 percent from behind the three point line.
On the other side of this matchup is the Davidson Wildcats who sit with a 13-8 record overall but they have lost three of their last five games. In the three losses the offense really struggled and that led to the three defeats. Davidson on the season is averaging 72.3 points per game while their defense is giving up 63.6 points per game. Davidson is shooting 47.3 percent from the field and 36.7 percent from behind the three point line. In this game for Davidson it’s going to be about the offense being strong early and running up the score. Guard Kellan Grady has been the best player for Davidson averaging 17.3 points while shooting 47.7 percent from the field and 39.7 percent from behind the three point line.
The over is 5-1 in NC State’s last six games overall. The over is 7-2 in Wolfpack’s last nine games following an against-the-spread loss. The under is 5-1 in Davidson’s last six games overall. Davidson is 3-7 against the spread in their last ten games played on a neutral site.
I expect this is going to be another game where Davidson struggles to score and that will be the difference in this game. Look for Davidson’s lack of scoring to keep them down and that will lead to NC State getting the job done.