NC State Wolfpack (14-3) vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish (11-6)Date : 01/19/2019
Time : 2:00 pm EST
Location : Joyce Center, South Bend, Indiana
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
NC State Wolfpack vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish
The 16th ranked NC State Wolfpack will travel to the Joyce Center in South Bend, Indiana, to battle the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time for a huge ACC Showdown. Notre Dame has hit some turbulence recently as they have lost three of their last four outings, overall, with their last beating coming at the hands of the North Carolina Tar Heels. And while the Irish played well in the first half of this contest in obtaining a three-point lead at the break, they became a victim of stellar defense by the Tar Heels as both teams were cold as ice from the floor in shooting 41% along with 39% for the contest. Nonetheless, the North Carolina Tar Heels were able to outrebound the Fighting Irish by a 43-33 margin while also capitalizing off 11 turnovers en route to victory.
After beginning conference play on a very high note, the NC State Wolfpack have now lost two of their last three outings as their last defeat came at the hands of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on the road as NC State fell down by 15 points at the half to a Wake Forest team that has had trouble with consistent scoring lately. And despite outscoring the home team 40 – 29 in the second half, the Wolfpack fell short of the victory as they shot just 37% from the floor while converting on just 20% of the 3-point attempts on the night.
NC State Wolfpack's Latest Performance :
And while the defense has certainly taking a step back for NC State recently, they allowed their lowest scoring output to their opponents in their last outing versus the Wake Forest Demon Deacons as the home team put up 71 points for the game, which was certainly enough to dispose of a struggling NC State team which shot just 37% on the night while connecting on 6 of 29 three-pointers for the game. Torin Dorn along with CJ Bryce led the team with 18 and 17 points as the Wolfpack shot only nine free throws on the night compared to 28 for Wake Forest. On the other hand, Wake slightly outrebounded the Wolfpack in this contest by a 39-35 margin while Jaylen Hoard led the team with 16 points while also pulling down 10 rebounds in the contest. Furthermore, Torrey Johnson came off the bench in which to score 11 critical points in addition to Brandon Childress also pumping in 10 points while pulling down nine rebounds in the much-needed win for Wake Forest.
The offense for NC state ranks as one of the best in the league as it relates to points scored as well as team field goal percentage per game, as they still continue to put up huge numbers with every contest as they have scored 80 or more points in eight of their last 10 games, overall. On the other hand, their defense, which continues to allow just 68 points per game on 41% shooting for opponents on the season, has certainly let them down lately in allowing teams to rack up huge numbers on the offensive end at will. With that being said, they will certainly find it difficult in which to find quality looks versus a Notre Dame squad that continues to allow teams to shoot at a 41% clip on a nightly basis. Also, the Irish have won four of their last five games at the Joyce Center.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish's Latest Performance :
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have regressed to the point where there are back to mediocrity in dropping three of their last four games due to their offense, once again, essentially going cold from the field. In their last four outings, they have failed to reach the 70-point plateau in each outing while allowing opponents to average just 68 points during this time. In all, the defense continues to do its job for the Fighting Irish on a nightly basis. On the other hand, the offense, which enters their matchup with the North Carolina State Wolfpack averaging just 71 points per game on 41% shooting from the floor per outing, continues to suffer from inconsistency on the offensive end.
Despite converting on 10 three-pointers on the night versus the North Carolina Tar Heels, Notre Dame shot 41% from the floor as Prentiss Hubb along with John Mooney led the team with 18 and 16 points, respectively, with Mooney having a solid night on the boards as he pulled down 16 for the night. The defense certainly did its job, once again, for the Fighting Irish as they held North Carolina to 39% shooting from the floor as the home team converted on nine of 21 3-point attempts with Coby White going 4 of 7 from 3-point range while leading the team with 18 points. Nonetheless, North Carolina was able to get to the free throw line for almost three times as many attempts throughout the contest while the Fighting Irish also turned the ball over 11 times, thus sealing their fate in this contest.
Look for Notre Dame to right the ship in this matchup versus a struggling NC State Wolfpack squad that may indeed give up some points to the Fighting Irish in this contest as they have allowed 80 or more points in three of their last four outings.
How NC State Wolfpack & Notre Dame Fighting Irish Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
NC State is 11 – 6 ATS while the OU is 7-9
Notre Dame is 7 – 10 ATS while the OU is 8 – 9
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Look for this ACC matchup to be one that is action packed as the North Carolina State Wolfpack look to atone for their last road loss versus a terrible Wake Forest Demon Deacons squad by taking out the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. As stated, both teams enter this matchup struggling on the offensive end while the defense for Notre Dame continues to limit opponents to the bare minimum on the offensive end. On the other hand, the defense for the Wolfpack has gone haywire at this critical point in the season and will certainly like to get back to basics versus a Notre Dame offense that is very anemic as well.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: North Carolina State Wolfpack
My reason for the pick :
While the Notre Dame Fighting Irish have been very dominant at home recently, I will back the North Carolina State Wolfpack in which to atone for their lackluster loss versus the Demon Deacons in their last outing by picking up a win on Saturday afternoon. Of course, they will certainly be looking to push the pace of this game in which to catch a solid defense for Notre Dame on its heels throughout the contest. Also, look for NC State to return to form on the defensive end of the floor as they will totally neutralize an already inconsistent offense for Notre Dame en route to a much-needed conference victory.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
The under has been the play in three of the last five games for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish while also being the result in three of the last five games for the Wolfpack of North Carolina State, primarily due to their offense being in a lull at an inopportune time of the season. Nonetheless, I expect the trends to continue in this matchup as the defenses will take center stage in what will be a low-scoring yet competitive contest throughout where the total will not be surpassed.
Betting trends for NC State Wolfpack:
- The Wolfpack is 1 – 3 against the spread in last 4 games
Betting trends for Notre Dame Fighting Irish:
- The Fighting Irish a 1-4 against the spread in last 5 games