The Pittsburgh Panthers (15-14, 6-12 ACC), who are currently on a five-game losing streak, look to get back in the win column when they travel to PNC Arena to square off with the North Carolina State Wolfpack (17-11, 8-9 ACC). Tip-off is set for 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 29, 2020, and it can be seen on ACC Network.
Pittsburgh Panthers at North Carolina State Wolfpack Betting Preview
The last time the Panthers played, they were blown out by the Syracuse Orange, 72-49. Pittsburgh’s Justin Champagnie had a good performance, leading the team in scoring with 13 points on 4-for-11 shooting. Syracuse’s effective field goal percentage was their largest advantage over Pittsburgh. The Orange had a rate of 0.536 (above their season average of 0.507), while the Panthers posted a mark of 0.345 (below their season average of 0.453).
The Wolfpack are trying to rebound after their 85-79 loss to the North Carolina Tar Heels in their last contest. Markell Johnson led North Carolina State in scoring with 21 points on 7-for-16 shooting. North Carolina did an excellent job of making free throws (22-31; 71.0 percent). North Carolina State, meanwhile, had a better effective field goal percentage (0.548 vs. 0.516).
Ball protection could play a significant role in this meeting. North Carolina State commits the 50th-fewest miscues in the NCAA (turnover percentage of 17.0 percent), while the pesky defense of Pittsburgh forces the 21st-most (opponents’ turnover percentage of 23.5 percent). Moreover, the Panthers, who rank 47th in offensive rebounding percentage (32.6 percent), will go head-to-head against the Wolfpack, who rank 284th in defensive rebounding percentage (69.7 percent).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. The Wolfpack won both meetings played against each other last season. In the last contest, North Carolina State won 79-76. North Carolina State had a much better turnover percentage (12.0 vs. 19.1). Pittsburgh, meanwhile, did a great job of converting from the free throw line (16-19; 84.2 percent).
Pittsburgh Panthers at North Carolina State Wolfpack Odds Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – North Carolina State, ATS Winner – North Carolina State, O/U – Over
The Panthers rank 22nd in steals allowed per game (5.1) while the Wolfpack rank 128th (6.5).
North Carolina State averages 36.1 rebounds per game, which ranks 126th in the NCAA. Pittsburgh ranks 199th in rebounds allowed per game (36.2).
North Carolina State ranks 42nd in assists allowed per game (10.8) while Pittsburgh ranks 206th (13.8).
The Wolfpack rank 32nd in blocks per game (4.5) while the Panthers rank 163rd in blocks allowed per game (4.0).
North Carolina State ranks 145th in three pointers attempted per game (22.0) while Pittsburgh ranks 260th (18.3).
The Wolfpack’s average margin of victory in their last five games has been 2.4, down from 4.9 for the season.
During their last five games, the Panthers have scored an average of 56.2 points per game (8.7 below their season average) and allowed an average of 70.4 points per game (5.8 above their season average).