The Atlantic Coast Conference Tourney contest between the North Carolina State Wolfpack (19-12, 10-10 ACC) and the Pittsburgh Panthers (16-16, 7-14 ACC) will be played at Greensboro Coliseum. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, and it can be seen on ESPN.
Pittsburgh Panthers vs. North Carolina State Wolfpack Free Preview
The Panthers beat the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in their last game, 81-72. Justin Champagnie was the top scorer from either team with 31 points on 13-for-19 shooting. The Panthers had a turnover percentage of 10.3 (better than their season average of 15.8) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.569 (above their season average of 0.449).
In the Wolfpack’s previous outing, they thoroughly outplayed the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, 84-64. North Carolina State rallied around Markell Johnson, who recorded 13 points, 10 assists and five rebounds. North Carolina State dominated every stat category in the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.117 (matching their season average) and a turnover percentage of 12.3 (better than their season average of 14.9). Wake Forest recorded marks of 0.053 and 20.0, respectively, for those same stats.
Based on historical performance heading into this one, ball protection could play a significant role in this showdown. North Carolina State commits the 54th-fewest miscues in the nation (turnover percentage of 17.0 percent), while the disruptive defense of Pittsburgh forces the 16th-most (opponents’ turnover percentage of 23.8 percent). Moreover, the Panthers could control the offensive glass in this contest as they rank 36th in the NCAA in offensive rebounding percentage at 33.0 percent. The Wolfpack, meanwhile, rank 304th at securing defensive rebounds with a defensive rebounding percentage of 69.1 percent.
Pittsburgh Panthers vs. North Carolina State Wolfpack Betting Prediction
College Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – North Carolina State, ATS Winner – North Carolina State, O/U – Under
The Panthers rank 31st in steals allowed per game (5.3) while the Wolfpack rank 150th (6.6).
North Carolina State ranks 142nd in rebounds per game (35.6) while Pittsburgh ranks 212th in rebounds allowed per game (36.3).
North Carolina State ranks 43rd in assists allowed per game (10.9) while Pittsburgh ranks 210th (14.0).
The Wolfpack rank 33rd in blocks per game (4.5) while the Panthers rank 181st in blocks allowed per game (4.3).
North Carolina State ranks 141st in three pointers attempted per game (22.0) while Pittsburgh ranks 270th (17.9).
The Wolfpack have been outscored by an average of 1.4 points in their last five games. On the season, North Carolina State has defeated opponents by an average of 4.6 points.
During their last five games, the Panthers have scored an average of 63.2 points per game (2.2 below their season average) and allowed an average of 70.6 points per game (5.1 above their season average).