The Atlantic Coast Conference Tourney matchup between the No. 10 Duke Blue Devils (25-6, 15-5 ACC) and the North Carolina State Wolfpack (20-12, 11-10 ACC) will take place at Greensboro Coliseum. Action gets underway at 2:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 12, 2020, and it can be seen on ESPN.
North Carolina State Wolfpack vs. Duke Blue Devils ATS Preview
In the Wolfpack’s last game, they defeated the Pittsburgh Panthers, 73-58. With 13 points and 10 rebounds, C.J. Bryce had a good performance for North Carolina State. The Wolfpack held the Panthers to an effective field goal percentage of 0.383 (below their season average of 0.453) and had a better turnover percentage (13.9 vs. 17.4).
The Blue Devils hope to keep it rolling after beating the North Carolina Tar Heels in their last contest, 89-76. Duke’s Tre Jones played a key role with 21 points and 11 assists. The Blue Devils made 29 of their 33 free throws (87.9 percent) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.566 (above their season average of 0.524).
The offensive glass should be a huge advantage for Duke in this contest. The Blue Devils are among the nation’s elite on the offensive glass, ranking 22nd in offensive rebounding percentage at 34.8 percent. Meanwhile, North Carolina State ranks 308th in the country at corralling defensive rebounds with a defensive rebounding percentage of 69.1 percent.
North Carolina State Wolfpack vs. Duke Blue Devils ATS Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Duke, ATS Winner – Duke, O/U – Over
North Carolina State ranks 32nd in blocks per game (4.5) while Duke ranks 164th in blocks allowed per game (3.9).
The Blue Devils’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 8.4, down from 14.5 for the season.
During their last five games, the Wolfpack have scored an average of 76.4 points per game (1.8 above their season average) and allowed an average of 73.6 points per game (3.9 above their season average).