NC State Vs Notre Dame Odds & Final Score PredictionJosh Bailey
The North Carolina State Wolfpack (15-15, 5-12 ACC) take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (19-10, 10-7 ACC) in a game that the Irish need to win. The Wolfpack travels to Purcell Pavilion at the Edmund P. Joyce Center in Notre Dame, Indiana on Saturday March 5 for this battle. Tip-off is at 12:00 pm ET.
North Carolina State has gone 4 and 6 straight up in its last 10 games. The Wolfpack beat Boston College 73 to 72 on March 2 in its last matchup. Notre Dame has lost 3 out of its last 4 games. In its last 10, the Fighting Irish are 5 and 5 straight up.
A Closer Look at How To Bet the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Notre Dame Fighting Irish College Basketball Odds
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have gone 12-14-1 ATS overall this season. The Irish are 6-6-1 ATS at home. North Carolina State has gone 13 and 14 against the spread overall this season. The Wolfpack is 6 and 4 ATS in away games this season.
What: NC State Woflpack Vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish
When: Saturday, March 5, 2016
Start Time: 12:00 PM ET
Where: South Bend, Indiana
Stadium: Purcell Pavilion
Spread: Irish -8.5
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: NC State vs Notre Dame
Bet The North Carolina State Wolfpack Because…
North Carolina State’s Anthony “Cat” Barber can’t be stopped. The Wolfpack’s top player averages 23.2 points and 4.4 assists per game. Cat Barber goes into this battle versus the Irish off of a 24 points, 6 rebound and 6 assist performance. He’ll be counted on to carry the Wolfpack to a shocking road win over the Irish. Although Barber and the Wolfpack know that the only way for them to make it to the Big Dance is to win the ACC Tournament, it doesn’t mean that they’re going to just lie down before the ACC Tournament starts. Barber won’t let them.
Bet The Notre Dame Fighting Irish Because…
The Irish would be perilously close to missing the NCAA Tournament were they to lose to a team like North Carolina State at home. North Carolina State was supposed to be a surprise team in the ACC this season. It hasn’t turned out that way for the Wolfpack. What it means is that a loss to North Carolina State, or even a close victory, could make the Selection Committee question Notre Dame’s entire resume. This is a must win game for the Irish. Even though Notre Dame has beaten Louisville and North Carolina this season, losses to Florida State, Georgia Tech, Alabama and Monmouth-NJ, makes this battle versus N.C. State incredibly important.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Notre Dame should come up big on March 5. There’s something wrong with North Carolina State this season. Who knows why, but the chemistry on the Wolfpack’s squad is messed up. N.C. State is basically Cat Barber and a bunch of guys that seem to stand around waiting for Cat to do his thing.
That’s not the case at Notre Dame. The Irish usually fight hard in every battle. They’ve hit a rough patch, but when motivated the Irish can play with the top teams in the ACC. Notre Dame beat Duke 95 to 91, North Carolina 80 to 76 and Louisville 71 to 66 earlier in the season. They should be able to find some of that magic on March 5. I like Notre Dame to easily handle NC State on Saturday.