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Notre Dame Vs NC State Odds & Expert Pick

The fifth-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish are in for a cakewalk when they face the struggling NC State Wolfpack this weekend. The college basketball betting spread favors the Irish by 5.5-points to beat the Wolfpack. Tip-off is this Saturday, February 15th at 12:00 PM ET on ESPN from the PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish Vs NC State Wolfpack Odds & Expert Pick

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
Watch: ESPN
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Listen: Notre Dame vs NC State

Why Bet The Notre Dame Fighting Irish To Beat The Wolfpack

Notre Dame has won three games in a row, including an 84-76 win over Boston College in their last outing. They improved to 20-7 SU and 16-8-2 ATS this season. They average 79.4 points per game (52nd) and allow 69.6 points (109th).

The Irish shoot 46.5% from the field (81st) and 39.5% from three point land (22nd). Junior forward Bonzie Colson (16.9 PPG & 10.7 RPG) is coming off a 20-point performance against Boston College. Junior guard Matt Farrell (14.3 PPG & 5.5 APG) added 19 points.

"We’ve been on a great run," ND coach Mike Brey coach said. "I’m really proud of our program. We had a pretty consistent program when were in the Big East. I was worried bringing it to the ACC."

Notre Dame averages 34.6 rebounds (248th) and 16.5 assists (30th) and 7.00 steals. They have a 9.9 points differential this season. Bonzie Colson leads the team with 10.7 rebounds and Junior guard Matt Farrell with 1.4 steals.

Why Bet The NC State Wolfpack To Beat The Irish

The NC State hasn’t been a great bet lately, losing five games in a row, including an 88-58 embarrassing defeat against Wake Forest. They are 14-12 SU and 8-16 ATS this season. They average 79.9 points per game (47th) and give up the same amount 79.9 points per game (326th).

The Wolfpack shoots 47.6% from the field (41st) and 36.8% from three points (101st). Against Wake Forest, nothing worked. The team shot 35.5% from the field and despite freshman guard Dennis Smith Jr.’s 17 point effort, they fell by double-digits for the third consecutive game.

"We just have to continue to play hard and fight," said Torin Dorn, who had 14 points for the Wolfpack. "When you’re down, the only thing you can do is fight. And there’s nowhere to go now but up. We have to keep fighting."

NC State averages 36.7 (Tied-141st) rebounds per game, 15.3 assists (Tied-76th) and 5.1 steals. Junior forward Abdul-Malik Abu leads the team with 7.0 rebounds per game and Dennis Smith Jr. with 2.0 steals.

If You Still Can’t Decide Who To Bet On:

  • Notre Dame is 4-4 ATS on the road, 4-5 ATS as a favorite and 3-1 ATS when the spread was -7.5 to -3.5.
  • North Carolina State is 3-5 ATS at home, 2-8 ATS as an underdog or PK and 0-1 ATS when the spread was +3.5 to +7.5.

Notre Dame Vs NC State Expert ATS Pick

A win Saturday gives the Irish at least 10 league wins for a third-consecutive ACC season. One more road test awaits before a seven-day break from game action.

Notre Dame to cover.

Sources:
http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/statistics/team/_/stat/field-goals/sort/fieldGoalPct/count/81
http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/statistics/team/_/stat/3-points
http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/statistics/team/_/stat/field-goals/sort/fieldGoalPct/count/41
http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/statistics/team/_/stat/3-points/sort/threePointFieldGoalPct/count/101