Take Home Dog NC State +1 Over West Virginia

Jeff Grant

Saturday, December 20, 2014 12:17 PM UTC

Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 12:17 PM UTC

NC State has tremendous playmakers at the guard position, which provides it betting value on a neutral floor against defensive-minded West Virginia Saturday.

Pressure Defense
West Virginia leads the nation by forcing 23.0 turnovers per game, which is important to consider when making your NCAA basketball picks, as it translates to opponents giving the ball up on 32.2 percent of their offensive possessions.  

The Mountaineers are averaging 26.6 points per game off turnovers this season, with five players ranking in the top 15 in steals per game in the Big 12 Conference.

It’s important to point out that the program is 8-17 ATS in its last 25 non-conference games, with the UNDER going on a 8-3-1 run in that situation.

Talented Trio
NC State is led by its three-guard attack, with Cat Barber, Trevor Lacey and Ralston Turner combining to score 43.6 points and 12.8 rebounds per game, which will allow the team to run its offense against an aggressive defense.

Barber and Lacey are the primary ball handlers in accounting for 82 assists and just 35 turnovers, while Turner is coming off a 33-point performance in a 83-72 victory over Tennessee as 4.5-point home favorites Wednesday.

Sports bettors will find that the squad is 35-17-1 ATS in its last 53 neutral site games.

Series History
The Mountaineers own a 9-7 series lead against the Wolfpack, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college basketball odds, as they’ve proven victorious in the last four meetings.

West Virginia has put together a dominating 76-23 SU record versus non-conference opponents under head coach Bob Huggins, while it has won 113 of 122 games when posting a higher shooting percent than its opponent since his arrival on campus.

Insider Trading
The Wolfpack will gain some valuable information regarding this high-profile matchup from scout team member Terry Henderson, who happened to transfer to the school after playing two seasons with the Mountaineers.

Henderson will be a main contributor to NC State next year when eligible, but he’ll provide head coach Mark Gottfried and his staff a blue print in containing West Virginia star Juwan Staten.

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Wolfpack as one of their top NCAAB picks, as the Mountaineers have gone 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games versus a team with a winning record.

Free NCAA Basketball Picks:  NC State Wolfpack +1 at Bookmaker

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