The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will look to avoid the upset at the hands of the North Carolina State Wolfpack when the two teams square off in their matchup on Saturday, February 18. This game gets started at 12:00 PM ET, live from PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina while airing live on ESPN.
With one team looking like a virtual lock to bring home the bacon in this pairing, let’s find out who that team is.
How To Bet The Notre Dame Fighting Irish Vs N.C. State Wolfpack Odds & TV Info
What: No. 5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (20-7) vs NC State Wolfpack (14-12)
When: Saturday, February 18, 2017
Start Time: 12:00 PM ET
Where: Raleigh, North Carolina
Stadium: PNC Arena
Spread: Irish -5.5
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Notre Dame vs NC State
Why Bet The Notre Dame Fighting Irish
The Irish have won three straight on their heels of a four-game losing streak and come into this matchup off an 84-76 win over Boston College on Tuesday. Superstar forward Bonzie Colson scored a team-high 20 points while Matt Farrell added 19 points and V.J. Beachem chipped in 16 points.
"The one thing about Matt Farrell, he senses when we need it, and he’s been that kind of assassin for us all year," Irish head coach Mike Brey said after watching Farrell drain consecutive three-pointers to tie the game with 13:10 left. "And then Bonz is Bonz — they defended him pretty good, and I knew they’d come after him after the week that he had last week."
Why Bet The N.C. State Wolfpack
The Wolfpack have lost six straight and seven of their last eight games and come into this matchup off a humbling 97-73 loss to No. 10 North Carolina on Wednesday despite getting 27 points from Dennis Smith Jr., 12 points from Maverick Rowan and 10 points from Abdul-Malik Abu.
"They just beat us on the backboards," N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried said. "We tried to take some things away from them, but their rebounding was too much."
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
The Irish have won two straight over the Wolfpack and are the easy pick to beat a North Carolina State team that is struggling mightily right now. Notre Dame has gone 2-0 ATS over their last two home games and 5-2 ATS over their last seven home dates overall.
More importantly, the Fighting Irish are the better team at both ends of the floor and have one of the best players in all of college basketball in Bonzie Colson. Keep it simple and back the Irish to win and cover the spread as a home favorite, likely between 6 and 8 points.
My final score prediction is Notre Dame 82 NC State 73