NC State vs North Carolina Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/16/24

North Carolina (27-6) vs NC State (20-14)

Game Info: Saturday, March 16, 2024 at 8:30 pm (Capital One Arena)

Betting Odds: North Carolina -8.5 -- Over/Under: 146.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The NC State Wolfpack and the North Carolina Tar Heels meet Saturday in the college basketball ACC Tournament Championship at the Capital One Arena. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s an NC State vs. North Carolina Prediction.

NC State Team Preview

The NC State Wolfpack come into this game looking to hoist the trophy after knocking off Virginia 73-65 in the semis. DJ Horne leads the Wolfpack in scoring with 16.5 PPG along with 2.1 APG while Jayden Taylor has 12.2 PPG with 3.9 RPG. DJ Burns Jr. has 12.2 PPG with 4 RPG and 2.6 APG while Casey Morsell has 11.6 PPG with 2.8 RPG to cap off the scoring in double figures for NC State up to this point in the year. Mohamed Diarra has a team-high 7.2 RPG as well for the Wolfpack and Michael O’Connell leads NC State with 3 APG as well this season. As a team, NC State is averaging 76.1 PPG on 44.7% shooting from the field, 34.5% from three and 73.2% from the foul line this season.

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North Carolina Team Preview

The North Carolina Tar Heels come into the conference championship game after taking down Pitt 72-65. RJ Davis leads the Tar Heels in scoring with 21.1 PPG along with 3.7 RPG and 3.5 APG while Armando Bacot has 13.9 PPG and a team-high 10.1 RPG to lead the Tar Heels on the glass, averaging a huge double-double per game. Harrison Ingram has 12.5 PPG with 9.3 RPG and Cormac Ryan has 11.5 PPG with 2.9 RPG to round out the scoring in double figures for UNC so far this season. As a team, North Carolina is averaging 81.6 PPG on 45% shooting from the field, 35.8% from three and 75.2% from the foul line this season.

NC State vs. North Carolina Prediction

I’m on North Carolina here. I know we should expect NC State to throw everything they can at the wall with a spot in the NCAA tournament on the line when NC State wasn’t even close to the bubble coming into the conference tournament, but I just feel there’s too much of a discrepancy from a talent perspective tilting in UNC’s favor. The Tar Heels have one of the stingiest defensive units in the ACC and I don’t see NC State breaking through here. Give me the Tar Heels.

Chris’s Pick North Carolina -8.5

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