Pitt Panthers (10-4) vs NC State Wolfpack (13-2)Date : 01/12/2019
Time : 12:00 pm EST
Location : PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Pitt Panthers vs NC State Wolfpack
The Pittsburgh Panthers will travel to PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina, to battle the 16th ranked NC State Wolfpack on Saturday afternoon at 12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Both teams are coming off losses which ended their prior extended winning streaks as NC State fell to the North Carolina Tar Heels at home as they were allowed just 42% shooting from the floor while North Carolina was able to get 21 points from Luke Maye along with 19 points from Coby white as North Carolina shot 46% from the floor en route to the conference victory.
On the other hand, the Panthers halted a three game winning streak as their defense was solid as ever in allowing the North Carolina Tar Heels to shoot 43% from the floor; However, the Tar Heels were also able to make good on 10 three-pointers on the night while also gracing the free throw line 32 times compared to just 17 for the home team in the win.
Pitt Panthers's Latest Performance :
Pittsburgh is averaging 77 points on the season on 45% shooting from the floor. Nonetheless, in their two games leading up to their conference matchup versus the Louisville Cardinals at home, they Pittsburgh Panthers were averaging just 64 points per game while their defense allowed just 69 points on average. They were certainly able to come out of their offensive funk in this matchup, however, as they shot 52% from the floor while establishing themselves early versus Louisville as they took a 10-point lead into the break.
Nonetheless, the Louisville Cardinals heated up in the second half in which to outscore the home team while also taking the game into overtime, as stated. Despite their rally, the Panthers were able to seize the lead while also picking up a huge conference victory in the meantime thanks to 33 points from Trey McGowens, who also grabbed six rebounds while going 4-7 from three-point range along with obtaining 21 points along with 10 rebounds from Xavier Johnson in the win as well. The Panthers also got to the free-throw line frequently to the tune of 33 times in this matchup, however, only connected on less than 50% of their attempts.
And while they were heavily outrebounded by the Cardinals in this matchup, they were able to take advantage of 18 costly turnovers for the road team in this contest. They will certainly take this momentum into this contest versus a Wolfpack team that may be a bit deflated after their loss to their in State rival in their last outing. It would be important to note that the Panthers are 0-2 in their last two road games as their offense was as cold as ice during this time in averaging just 63 points while the defense held opponents to only sixty-nine points, total.
NC State Wolfpack 's Latest Performance :
A trend is slowly developing with the North Carolina State Wolfpack recently that can possibly be very alarming. Their defense is allowing opponents to shoot 42% from the floor on a nightly basis in 2018 while allowing teams to post just 67 points per game. However, despite picking up a win over the Miami Hurricanes before falling to the North Carolina Tar Heels, the defense for the Wolfpack has given up an average of 86 points per game during this time.
In their last matchup vs the Tar Heels, the Wolfpack allowed five double-digit scores for the Tar Heels as Luke Maye led the team with 21 points while grabbing 11 rebounds in addition to Coby White ending with 19 points en route to the conference victory. On the other hand, the offense for NC State shot just 42% from the floor while connecting on 8 of 28 3-point attempts in the matchup as Braxton Beverly scored 21 points off the bench for the Wolfpack in which to provide a lift for his squad. Yet, leading scorer for the season in Torin Dorn, struggled in going 5-12 from the field while ending with 12 points in addition to pulling down 10 rebounds in the meantime.
North Carolina dominated in essentially every phase of this game as they shot 85% on 28 attempts from the free throw line while also heavily outrebounding the Wolfpack at the same time. Unfortunately for North Carolina State, they were not able to capitalize fully off 23 turnovers for the visitors on this night as they committed 15 turnovers of their own in defeat. Nonetheless, the Wolfpack will look to regroup versus a Pittsburgh Panthers team that certainly received a shot in the arm on the offensive end in the last matchup vs a defensively dominating Louisville Cardinals team at home.
How Pitt Panthers & NC State Wolfpack Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Pittsburgh is 10 – 3 – 1 against the spread while the OU is 5 – 9
NC State is 11 – 4 against the spread while the OU is 6-8
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will certainly be a defensive-minded matchup, in my opinion, as North Carolina State will certainly like to put in a much better defensive performance than Illustrated in their last matchup versus North Carolina. On the other hand, Pittsburgh will be looking to continue their offensive streak as they will matchup against a NC State Wolfpack squad that allows less than 70 points per game on just 42% shooting to their opponents on a nightly basis in 2018; However, have allowed 80 or more points in their last two outings, overall.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: North Carolina State Wolfpack
My reason for the pick :
Look for the Wolfpack to come out with a win in this contest as I happen to believe that the inconsistent offense for the Panthers will not perform nearly as well as they did versus the Cardinals in their last matchup. As stated, look for the Wolfpack to provide a much better defensive performance than in their last outing as they will neutralize the offense for the visitors throughout the contest while picking up a much-needed ACC victory in the meantime, thus atoning for a terrible loss.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
The under has been the play in three of the last four home games for the North Carolina State Wolfpack while being the play in not only six of the last eight games, overall, for the Pittsburgh Panthers, but also being the result in the last two road games as well. With that being said, look for the under to also be the strong playing this matchup on Saturday afternoon as I certainly see both defenses taking center stage in limiting offensive opportunities throughout the matchup for both offenses.
Betting trends for Pitt Panthers:
- The Panthers are 4-2-1 against the spread in last 7 games
- The under is 7-1 in Panthers last eight games
Betting trends for NC State Wolfpack :
- The Wolfpack are 7-3 against the spread in last 10 games
- The over is 6 – 4 in Wolfpack last 10 games