NC State Wolfpack
(12-10, 7-11 ATS)
Duke Blue Devils
(20-2, 11-10 ATS)
Tobacco Road will be on fire on Saturday night in Durham, as the No. 5 team in the land, the Duke Blue Devils, look to take out the North Carolina State Wolfpack in NCAA basketball betting action in front of their hometown crowd.
The Wolfpack are just in a ton of trouble right now, as they already have 10 losses and are really starting to fall out of the race for the NCAA Tournament in the jam packed ACC. The team’s second leader scorer, Ryan Harrow, is battling the flu right now, and if he is out of the lineup, there is going to be a real void to fill. Tracy Smith just hasn’t cut it this year when he has been in the fold, as he is only averaging 14.7 points per game. He was expected to really carry the load on the inside for the Wolfpack, but instead, he has really been nothing all that special. Scott Wood and CJ Leslie are going to be the other men to keep an eye on. Wood is the only real sharpshooter on the team, and there is no way that NC State can pull off the college basketball betting upset if Wood isn’t nailing threes from all over the place. The Wolfpack have struggled mightily on the road against ACC foes this year, going 0-4 both SU and ATS, and there hasn’t been a game of this magnitude on the slate either.
Once again, the Dookies are going to have to beat a really, really big number to beat able to cover the NCAA basketball odds on Saturday night. They definitely proved that they can fire back from a defeat for the second time this season, as they rolled past the Maryland Terrapins at the Comcast Center on Wednesday night 80-62, avenging the loss last weekend to the St. John’s Red Storm. This is the start of the biggest home stand of the season for the Blue Devils, as they play host to the North Carolina Tar Heels, their biggest arch nemesis. Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler just continue to do their thing on a nightly basis, and they are hoping that they can drag a third scorer along for the ride at some point, either in the starting five or off of the bench. The man that chipped in on Wednesday was Mason Plumlee, who had 12 points and 11 boards in a game in which he was going up against one of the biggest big guys in the ACC, Maryland’s Jordan Williams.
There won’t be an upset in the ACC on Saturday night, but the prospects of the Wolfpack sticking within about 15 or so are definitely there. Wood is going to need to catch fire to do so, but we’re talking about a man that historically will hit 42-43 percent of his three pointers and can be lethal.
NCAA Basketball Free Pick: NC State Wolfpack