The unranked NC State Wolfpack will be looking to extract some revenge when they take on the 19th-ranked Clemson Tigers at home in a rematch against their ACC rivals, that comes less than two weeks after they got smacked around on the road by the Tigers.
Clemson Vs NC State College Hoops Expert Betting Pick
No. 19 Clemson (14-1) at NC State 11-5
When: Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 9:00 PM ET
Where: PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC
Stream: Watch ESPN
19th-ranked Clemson is on fire, having won 10 straight games and they come into their Thursday night matchup against NC State off a thrilling 74-69 overtime win over Louisville. The Tigers got 24 points from Marcquise Reed while Elijah Thomas added 12 points, 10 rebounds, and five blocks to lead Clemson to the home win on Saturday. Four of the Tigers’ five starters played at least 39 minutes while Thomas did a lot of damage in just 24 minutes because of foul trouble.
"I just have a lot of faith right now in those five," head coach Brad Brownell said. They’ve been with me a long time. We’ve been through a lot together."
Unranked North Carolina State pulled off a huge upset by beating No. 2 Duke 96-85 on Saturday night to both, snap a two-game losing streak and record their first ACC win under head coach Kevin Keatts. Omer Yurtseven scored a team-high 16 points while Torin Dorn drained two huge three-pointers in the final two minutes to help the Wolfpack pull off the upset over the Blue Devils.
"I don’t know what my team learned, I know what I’ve learned," Keatts said. "Every team that we play, I’m going to tell them they’re ranked No. 2 in the country."
For this Thursday night matchup, I’m going to advise you to back the Clemson Tigers to get the big road win against NC State because of the high level of defense they’re playing this season.
The Tigers are limiting the opposition to just 63.5 points per game to rank 22nd in the country and they’ve got a starting unit that may be the most cohesive group in the nation right now.
NC State is clearly good enough to beat anyone in the country when they’re firing on all cylinders as they showed by taking out Duke, but Clemson has got to have a lot of confidence after basically overpowering the Wolfpack in their 78-62 home win on Dec. 30 while covering the spread as a 10-point favorite that day.
Even on the road, Clemson will get the outright win, although it won’t be easy. The bottom line though is that the Tigers play some hard-nosed defense and they make clutch shots, plus they have more depth that the Wolfpack.
Pick: Clemson 73 NC State 68