Western Carolina Catamounts (2-7) vs North Carolina State Wolfpack (7-1)Date : 12/05/2018
Time : 7:00 pm EST
Location : PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Western Carolina Catamounts vs North Carolina State Wolfpack
The Western Carolina Catamounts will travel to PNC Arena in Raleigh North Carolina, to face the North Carolina State Wolfpack at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday night. The Catamounts have struggled lately in losing four of their last five outings with their last being a 90 – 88 road lost to the Furman Palladians in double overtime as Furman shot 46% from the field while outrebounding the Catamounts by a 50 – 43 margin en route to the victory.
The North Carolina State Wolfpack atoned for a four-point loss to the Wisconsin Badgers in their prior outing in which to pick up an 80-65 neutral-site win over the Vanderbilt Commodores in the Hoophall Miami Invitational as the Wolfpack took advantage of a 12 point halftime lead after a red-hot first half in which to cruise to victory in the second.
Western Carolina Catamounts's Latest Performance :
While Western Carolina is 1 – 4 in their last five outings, they have played well enough to cover the spread in four of their last five games, overall. In their last outing, they only shot 41% from the field while the team possessed five double-digit scorers led by Carlos Dotson who had 27 points on the night while Cameron Gibson finished with 17 points on the night. On the other hand, the Catamounts struggled, once again, on the defensive end as they allowed for men to shoot 47% from the field while also allowing them two, 20 point scorers in Jordan Lions with 29 points on the night while the Matt Rafferty ended the game with 21 points on the night.
In all, the Catamounts continue to struggle on both sides of the ball as they will look to somehow make some headway versus a team in North Carolina state that is ranked in the top 30 in points scored per game as well as points allowed while being highly ranked as it relates to offensive field goal percentage along with defensive field goal percentage, alike.
North Carolina State Wolfpack's Latest Performance :
North Carolina State’s defense was dominant versus the Vanderbilt Commodores in their last outing as they allowed them to shoot only 39% from the floor for the night while the Commodores hit only three of 22 3-point attempts for the night. Simisola Shittu along with Saban Lee were the only two double-digit scores for Vanderbilt in the loss as they put up 15 points a piece. The Wolfpack, on the other hand, only shot 5-15 from 3-point range for the night, yet went 47% from the field as they were led by Markell Johnson with 19 points on the night while DJ Funderburk also chipped in 16 points off the bench in the much-needed victory.
The Wolfpack have certainly been offensive minded in 2018 as they have put up 85 points per game on 50% shooting from the floor while permitting teams to score an average of 61 points per game on just 40% shooting on the night. They will certainly look to continue this streak versus a Western Carolina squad that has struggled on both sides of the ball this year, yet looking to come out focused in which to pick up the much-needed victory on Wednesday night.
How Western Carolina Catamounts & North Carolina State Wolfpack Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Western Carolina is 5 – 3 ATS while the OU is 4 – 4
North Carolina State is 6 – 2 ATS while the OU is 2 – 5
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will be a much-needed game for North Carolina State as the team will certainly look to continue their winning ways versus a struggling Catamounts team that comes in losers of four of the last five, overall. In fact, the Catamounts are losers of the last four road games yet will be looking to right the ship versus in NC State team that have performed outstanding at PNC Arena this far in the season. In all, look for both teams to bring the focus in which to get a much-needed win in this contest on Wednesday night.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: NC State Wolfpack
My reason for the pick :
Look for the Wolfpack to push the pace early on in this matchup in which to kick start their high scoring offense versus a defensively challenge team in Western Carolina on Wednesday night. With that being said, also look for a solid defensive unit for the Wolfpack to neutralize an already inconsistentl offensive squad and Western Carolina for while cruising to victory in the end.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
The under has been the play in the majority of games for both these squads as I see this continuing on Wednesday night as North Carolina state will certainly have a great outing versus a team in Western Carolina that suffered a setback versus Furman. On the other hand, as stated, the home team will certainly neutralize the offense for the Catamounts in this matchup while North Carolina State will score just enough in which to cruise to victory. In other words, the total will not surpass its set limit for this match up.
Betting trends for Western Carolina Catamounts:
- The Catamounts are 5 – 2ATS in last 7 games
- The under is 4-1 in Catamounts last 5 games
Betting trends for North Carolina State Wolfpack:
- The Wolfpack is 6 – 2 ATS in last eight
- The under is 5-2 in Wolfpack last 7 games