10 and 7 North Carolina State travels down Tobacco Road to take on the rival North Carolina Tar Heels on Saturday, January 16. The game takes place at the Dean E. Smith Center at Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Tip-off is at 12:00 pm EST.
A Closer Look At How To The North Carolina State Wolfpack Vs #5 North Carolina Tar Heels Spread
What: NC State Wolfpack (10-7) at No. 5 North Carolina Tar Heels (15-2)
When: Saturday, January 16, 2016
Kickoff: 12:00 PM ET
Where: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Stadium: Dean E. Smith Center
Spread: North Carolina -15
Stream: Watch ESPN
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Bet The North Carolina State Wolfpack Because…
NC State’s fortunes are ready to turn around. The Wolfpack goes into this game having lost 3 in a row. NC State dropped a game 72 to 77 to Louisville on Jan. 7. They lost 74 to 77 to Wake Forest on Jan. 10. On Jan. 13, the Wolfpack dropped a game to Florida State 78 to 85. NC State might be too good of a team to lose 4 in a row. They might have too good of a player in Anthony Barber to lose 4 in a row. Barber averages 22 points a game. The last time that North Carolina State played North Carolina they beat the Tar Heels 58 to 46.
Bet The #5 North Carolina Tar Heels Because…
North Carolina’s front line is unstoppable. The Tar Heels have the best front line in college basketball. Brice Johnson is an absolute monster. He’s impossible to guard. Johnson leads the team in points per game at 16.7 and rebounds per game at 10.2. Johnson scored 16 points, grabbed 4 boards and dished 8 assists in North Carolina’s 84 to 73 win over Syracuse on January 9. The Heels’ front line is so awesome that Isaiah Hicks comes off the bench to average 10.2 points and 4.2 boards per game. Hicks scored 21 and grabbed 8 rebounds against Syracuse in North Carolina’s last.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
North Carolina has really improved from last season. The Tar Heels are loaded up front. What’s crazy is that they also have a really good backcourt with Marcus Paige and Joel Berry II.
North Carolina’s ability to rely on Johnson if the Wolfpack decides to stop Paige and Berry II or to rely on Page or Berry II if the Wolfpack decides to crowd the paint gives the Tar Heels a huge edge in this. North Carolina can pretty much do whatever it wants. If the Tar Heels can keep Barber contained, they might blow out the Wolfpack in this game. It could get ugly.
My final score prediction is North Carolina 87, North Carolina State 70.