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Virginia @ NC State
Current Records: Virginia 11-7; NC State 9-10
The NC State Wolfpack and the Virginia Cavaliers will face off in an ACC clash at 4 p.m. ET Jan. 22 at PNC Arena. The teams split their matchups last year, with Virginia winning the first 64-57 on the road and the Wolfpack taking the second 68-61.
It was close but no cigar for NC State as they fell 62-59 to the Virginia Tech Hokies on Wednesday. NC State got double-digit scores from four players: forward Jericole Hellems (15), guard Terquavion Smith (14), guard Dereon Seabron (13), and guard Casey Morsell (11).
Meanwhile, even if it wasn’t a dominant performance, Virginia beat the Pittsburgh Panthers 66-61 on Wednesday. Virginia’s guard Reece Beekman was one of the most active players for the squad, picking up 19 points and eight assists.
Barring any buzzer beaters, NC State is expected to win a tight contest Saturday. But bettors beware: they are only 1-8 against the spread when favored.
The Wolfpack are now 9-10 while the Cavaliers sit at 11-7. A pair of defensive stats to keep an eye on: NC State has allowed their opponents to shoot 46% from the floor on average, which is the 26th highest shooting percentage allowed in college basketball. Virginia’s defense has more to brag about, as they they rank 11th in college basketball when it comes to points allowed per game, with only 58.8 on average.
The Wolfpack are a slight 1.5-point favorite against the Cavaliers, according to the latest college basketball odds.
The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Wolfpack as a 2-point favorite.
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Virginia have won six out of their last eight games against NC State.
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