N.C. State has passed North Carolina by and look's to start their run for the ACC Title. So, how do we think tonight will roll for our NCAAB picks?
Tip-off is scheduled for 4:00 pm ET on Saturday at the Silvio O. Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. This game can also be viewed on ESPN 2.
5 Dimes Sportsbook currently lists the Wolfpack as a 9 point favorite with no betting total available in this game.
Will N.C. State live up to expectations in which most people expect them to take a mighty leap into the elite of the ACC conference alongside Duke?
The Pack is back!
You're going to see a lot of offense from the North Carolina State Wolfpack. The Pack averages 81.5 points per game and lead the nation in shooting at a sizzling 53.5% from the field. N.C. State has won 7 consecutive games since a loss to #2 Michigan and haven't scored less than 80 points in any of those victories. Boston College is far from an offensive juggernaut and will have to slow the pace down in order to have any chance of winning.
The Wolfpack are coming off an 89-68 victory over UNC Greensboro. This game was never in question as 4 out of 5 N.C. State starters scored in double figures led by forward C.J. Leslie with 21 points and 8 rebounds.
C.J. Leslie comes into this game with a lot of momentum. Aside from leading the team in scoring, his play has elevated as of late. The junior is averaging 24.3 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 1.6 steals per game in his last 3 games. This is a wiery player that shoots 59.2% on the season. Look for Leslie to give the Wolfpack a lot of inside production because Boston College won't have an answer for him on the defensive end.
At 6 foot 8, 257 pounds, senior forward, Richard Howell, is a flat-out beast that can give the Pack more strength on the inside as he averages a near double-double this season. Aside from his 13.3 points and 9.6 rebounds per game, Howell is shooting 66.7% from the field. Granted, most of these buckets come from up close, but Howell, along with the rest of N.C. State's big men, are active and precise.
Howell is coming off of an 11 point, 13 rebound effort against UNC Greensboro and expect a similar game here from this physical forward.
Another question is can B.C. deal with N.C. State's physical play upfront?
He's not a Hornet....
Boston College counters with leading scorer Ryan Anderson. This Ryan Anderson is much different than the one that play's in the NBA. Similar to N.C. State's big-men, he's not going to produce from the outside, rather most of his production comes from inside the paint.
Anderson averages 15.9 points and 9.5 rebounds per game and should be a formidable foe for the combination of C.J. Leslie and Richard Howell. Anderson had a weak game against Dartmouth, but look for him to rise up against stiffer competition and have a good game Saturday afternoon.
Will the hot shooting continue?
Boston College sure hope's that freshman Joe Rahon can build off of his last performance against Dartmouth. Rahon was a perfect 6 for 6 from beyond the arc as he led the Eagles with 24 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds. The Eagles will need someone unexpected such as Rahon, to step up. This is game 1 for both the Eagles and the Wolfpack in ACC interconference play. The bar has been raised, the stakes have grown larger. This is the moment that separates the men from the boys.
Look for N.C. State to make an immediate impact with their offense in Chestnut Hill. Much is expected from this team and what better time to prove their staus; the 1st game in inter-conference play. N.C. State covers against B.C..
NCAAB Pick: North Carolina State -9 at 5 DimesLet's go visit the Pac-12 and see what is going on with California vs. USC and basketball's version of the Apple Cup~