The .500 NC State Wolfpack will face the 19th-ranked Duke Blue Devils in Wednesday’s ACC conference tournament second-round matchup in Washington D.C. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 PM ET on Wednesday, March 9th from the Verizon Center.
Duke won the season series versus the North Carolina State, going 2-0 and ending its season-worst three-game slide by rallying from seven down at halftime for an 88-78 road victory Jan. 23.
The winner will face Notre Dame in Thursday’s quarterfinals.
How To Bet The ACC Conference Championship With The NC State Wolfpack vs The Duke Blue Devils
What: NC State Wolfpack (16-16) at Duke Blue Devils (22-19)
When: Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Tip-off: 2:00 PM ET
Where: Verizon Center
Stadium: Washington, District of Columbia
Spread: Duke -7.5
Money Line: NC State +290 Vs Duke -350
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: NC State vs Duke
Why Bet The NC State Wolfpack To Beat The Duke Blue Devils In The ACC Championship
NC State had to beat the Wake Forest Demon Decons to get to this tilt versus the Blue Devils, a team that the Wolfpack have lost twice to already this season. The first time by 10 points and the second time by eight.
“It’s great to play Duke again,” guard Anthony “Cat” Barber said. “We’re looking forward to it. We’re going to come out tomorrow and try to get this win.”
Let’s just say that the only way you should bet on NC State over Duke is if you are getting double-digits on the spread.
Why Bet The Duke Blue Devils To Beat The NC State Wolfpack In The ACC Championship
Duke has beaten NC State twice already this season and there is no reason why they won’t win again in this game. The only reason you should bet against Duke is if the spread and money line payout are both too hefty.
Duke is second in the ACC in 3-point shooting at 38.9 percent. The Blue Devils shot 45.3 percent on 3-pointers against the Wolfpack with 50 free-throw attempts.
“That’s what we do — 3s and free throws are kind of how we have to score,” coach Krzyzewski said. “We’ve got to do what we have to do, and it’s won 22 games, it’s made us a very good and tough team.”
Duke lost 76-72 at home to then-No. 8 North Carolina on Saturday to cap a three-game stretch in which it shot 37.1 percent. The Blue Devils were out-rebounded 64-29.
The Blue Devils are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 Wednesday games, and 4-1-1 ATS in their last six games as a favorite of 13.0 or greater.
Betting Trends Related To This Matchup
- The Blue Devils are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games as an underdog.
- The Blue Devils are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- The Blue Devils are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games.
- The Wolfpack are 16-5-1 ATS in their last 22 Wednesday games.
- The Wolfpack are 19-9-2 ATS in their last 30 neutral site games.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
I don’t see how NC State can win this game out right after playing less than 24 hours before tip-off. Duke hasn’t played since March 5th. If the Wolfpack get double-digits on the spread then bet NC State, otherwise back Duke.
My final score prediction is NC State 74, Duke 81.