College Basketball Betting Picks: North Carolina State vs Maryland
Tonight we have an exciting ACC match-up when 14th ranked North Carolina State (14-2, 3-0 ACC) travel to take on Maryland (13-3, 1-2 ACC). North Carolina are the higher ranked team sporting 10 straight wins since their second loss of the season at the hands to 3rd ranked Michigan. Maryland was on a 13 consecutive win tear before dropping two in a row their last two matches to Florida State University and Miami. North Carolina State is likely to hit the BetDSI Sportsbook live lines as a very small favorite over Maryland.
North Carolina State has only two losses on the season, an early 76-56 upset at the hands of Oklahoma State and then a tough road loss to #3 Michigan which is ten consecutive wins behind them. North Carolina State ranks 8th overall in scoring with 81.5 ppg, 137th in rebounds per with 36.3, 61st in Assists at 15.1, and 1st in the nation in field goal percentage with an impressive .528 percent per game.
NC State’s leading scorer’s include Junior Forward C.J. Leslie who is putting up 16.2 ppg, grabbing 7.3 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game, and Junior Guard Lorenzo Brown who is averaging 13 ppg, 4.1 boards, and spreading the ball around very well with 7.1 assists per game. There ability to draw top ranked talent in the nation is a big reason for their success. In the off-season they recruited Guard Rodney Purvis who is averaging 9.8 ppg, 3 rpg, 1.8 assists per game, and Forward T.J. Warren who has had great success this season with 12.3 ppg and 12.3 rebounds per game.
Maryland has had quite the impressive season especially if you consider one of there three losses was in the first game of the season against 3rd ranked Kentucky. They have hit a two game slide but with the talent they possess they should get over it quickly, maybe even tonight. They rank 46th in the nation in scoring with 74.8 ppg, 5th in rebounds being tough against the glass with 43.1 per game, 10th in assists with 17.2, and 20th in the nation in field goal percentage at .483 percent.
Some of Maryland’s higher rank recruits include Freshmen Center Shaquille Cleare 4.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, Guard/Forward Jake Layman 4.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg, and Forward Charles Mitchell who has had good success with 6 ppg and 6.3 rebounds per game.
North Carolina State vs Maryland Betting Prediction:
I’m taking Maryland and the points, with the fact they are on a two game slide they will have much to play for trying to get back on the winning track at home and upset 14th ranked North Carolina State, especially before traveling to take on a tough UNC team. I put a heavy premium on rebounding when capping college basketball as second chance points and preventing second chance points is a major factor in getting wins. Take Maryland as the home dog with the points against North Carolina State.