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NC State Has Little Bark As Underdog

All things considered, NC State has been performing well on the court this season despite the departure of star Dennis Smith Jr. and coach Mark Gottfried. However, the Wolfpack have continued one trend from last season – their inability to cover as underdogs. NC State is 8-19 ATS in its last 27 games when being spotted points, which includes a middling 3-3 record this season. The Wolfpack will be in that spot once again when they host the ranked Clemson Tigers on Thursday.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone UNDER in Clemson’s last 3 games against NC State.
  • Clemson is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games against the ACC.
  • NC State G Allerik Freeman has scored at least 13 points in 12 of 16 games this season.

Despite being just three games into conference play, these two programs have already met once this season. Clemson picked up a 78-62 victory over NC State on December 30 thanks to the Tigers defense. NC State shot just 34.8 percent from the field and 22.7 percent from beyond the arc as the offense struggled mightily.

NC State’s offense continues to be one of the most frustratingly inconsistent in the nation. In the Wolfpack’s past two victories – one of which came against Duke – they scored 116 and 96 points respectively. In their past two losses, they have managed to tally just 62 and 58.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to back the Clemson Tigers before tipoff in this one found them as 2.5-point favorites over at Bovada earlier.

Clemson Tigers vs North Carolina State Wolfpack Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Clemson Tigers have watched them go 14-1 and 8-4 ATS on the college basketball season, while the North Carolina State Wolfpack are at 11-5 and 5-7 ATS. In totals betting, the North Carolina State Wolfpack are 8-4, while the Clemson Tigers have a 5-6-1 mark.

According to new college basketball power rankings here at OddsShark, it's the No. 178-ranked Wolfpack and the No. 19-rated Tigers in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring and defensive stats point to some betting edges in this matchup. The game features North Carolina State's No. 31-ranked scoring average of 83.38 PPG, against a Clemson Tigers defense rated No. 21 and allowing 63.53 PPG. The Wolfpack FG% has averaged 46.91% to date this season, less than the Tigers shooters have managed so far (48.18% per game).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Clemson earned a 74-69 victory over Louisville on Saturday, getting 24 points from Marcquise Reed at Littlejohn Coliseum.

North Carolina State got 16 points from Omer Yurtseven en route to a 96-85 victory over Duke on Saturday at PNC Arena.

Betting Trends
  • Clemson is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Clemson is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Clemson is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Clemson's last 6 games on the road
  • North Carolina State is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games
  • North Carolina State is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
  • North Carolina State is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Clemson
  • North Carolina State is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Clemson

Next Betting Matchups

Clemson home to Miami, Saturday, January 13
North Carolina State at Virginia, Sunday, January 14