The North Carolina State Wolfpack (11-5, 2-3 ACC) can extend a nine-game home winning streak when they take on the Miami Hurricanes (10-5, 2-3 ACC) at PNC Arena. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 15, 2020.
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The Hurricanes beat the Pittsburgh Panthers in their last game, 66-58. Kameron McGusty was the top scorer from either team with 19 points on 8-for-12 shooting. Miami’s 0.588 effective field goal percentage was their largest advantage over Pittsburgh, who had a mark of 0.383. The Hurricanes’ mark was above their season average of 0.515, while the Panthers’ was below their season average of 0.468.
In the Wolfpack’s last game, they were topped by the Virginia Tech Hokies, 72-58. D.J. Funderburk led North Carolina State in scoring with 18 points on 7-for-13 shooting. Virginia Tech did an excellent job of converting from the charity stripe (19-21; 90.5 percent). North Carolina State, on the other hand, held the Hokies to an offensive rebounding percentage of 18.9 (below their season average of 24.9).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams, after the Wolfpack won the lone game last season, 87-82. North Carolina State had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (47.4 vs. 21.4). Miami, meanwhile, had a much better turnover percentage (8.7 vs. 17.4).
North Carolina State could have their way on the offensive side of the ball as their prolific offense squares off against one of the country’s worst defenses. The Wolfpack rank 57th in offensive efficiency, while Miami ranks 304th in defensive efficiency.
Miami vs. North Carolina State ATS Prediction
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The Hurricanes rank 32nd in steals allowed per game (5.4) while the Wolfpack rank 101st (6.5).
North Carolina State ranks 104th in rebounds per game (37.1) while Miami ranks 247th in rebounds allowed per game (39.0).
The Wolfpack average 14.1 assists per game, which ranks 100th in the country. The Hurricanes rank 210th in assists allowed per game (14.9).
North Carolina State averages 4.8 blocks per game, which ranks 33rd in the NCAA. Miami ranks 121st in blocks allowed per game (3.8).
The Wolfpack’s average margin of victory in their last five games has been 2.4, down from 7.8 for the season.
During their last five games, the Hurricanes have scored an average of 70.0 points per game (2.7 below their season average) and allowed an average of 71.0 points per game (1.1 below their season average).