ACC foes will battle when the Miami Hurricanes (11-10, 3-8 ACC) square off against the North Carolina State Wolfpack (14-8, 5-6 ACC) at the Watsco Center. Action gets underway at 8:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 5, 2020, and it can be seen on ACC Network.
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The Wolfpack got blown out by the No. 6 Louisville Cardinals in their last contest, 77-57. With 15 points on 6-for-14 shooting, C.J. Bryce was North Carolina State’s leading scorer. Louisville had an effective field goal percentage of 0.609 (above their season average of 0.533). North Carolina State, meanwhile, forced the Cardinals into a turnover percentage of 23.1 (above their season average of 15.7).
The last time the Hurricanes played, they were dismantled by the Pittsburgh Panthers, 62-57. Rodney Miller Jr. was Miami’s high scorer with 16 points on 6-for-9 shooting. Pittsburgh had an offensive rebounding percentage of 41.5 (above their season average of 32.8). Miami, on the other hand, did a great job of making free throws (16-19; 84.2 percent).
North Carolina State should be expected to protect the ball well in this contest. North Carolina State ranks 19th in the nation at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 16.1 percent), while Miami forces the 61st-fewest turnovers (17.6 percent).
These two squads have already met once this season. The Wolfpack won 80-63. North Carolina State had a much better turnover percentage (9.2 vs. 18.5). Miami, meanwhile, did an excellent job of converting from the charity stripe (20-25; 80.0 percent). Despite the loss, Miller Jr. was a standout player in the game, producing 16 points and seven rebounds.
North Carolina State Wolfpack at Miami Hurricanes Odds Prediction
College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Miami, ATS Winner – Miami, O/U – Under
The Wolfpack average 7.5 steals per game, which ranks 64th in the nation. The Hurricanes rank 108th in steals allowed per game (6.3).
North Carolina State averages 22.4 three pointers per game, which ranks 134th in the country. Miami ranks 148th in three pointers allowed per game (21.7).
North Carolina State ranks 62nd in assists allowed per game (11.3) while Miami ranks 247th (16.1).
The Wolfpack rank 37th in blocks per game (4.5) while the Hurricanes rank 162nd in blocks allowed per game (4.3).
North Carolina State averages 36.0 rebounds per game, which ranks 136th in the nation. Miami ranks 243rd in rebounds allowed per game (38.4).
The Hurricanes’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 10.4, up from 2.9 for the season.
During their last five games, the Wolfpack have scored an average of 58.6 points per game (15.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 64.2 points per game (4.6 below their season average).