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North Carolina State Wolfpack face Syracuse Orange: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

North Carolina State WolfpackSyracuse Orange
16-8February 15, 2014, 03:00 | Carrier Dome24-0

The Syracuse Orange will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Carrier Dome on Saturday in NCAA hoops play.

The Wolfpack will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 11-10 ATS against the number this season, while the Orange are 15-5 ATS. North Carolina State is 10-10-1 on the totals; Syracuse is 8-12.

View North Carolina State Wolfpack vs Syracuse Orange Odds and Stats.

Syracuse opened as -14.5-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

This game matches up the No. 20 (Orange) and the No. 312 (Wolfpack) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank.

In their last action, North Carolina State was an 82-67 winner at home against Wake Forest. They covered the 6-point spread as favorites. The Wolfpack used a 34-point performance from T.J. Warren to help North Carolina State smack Wake Forest 82-67 on Tuesday at PNC Arena.

In their last action, Syracuse was a 58-56 winner on the road against Pittsburgh. They covered the 1.5-point spread as underdogs. C.J. Fair scored 14 points leading the Orange to a 58-56 victory over Pittsburgh at Petersen Events Center on Wednesday.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Syracuse's No. 163-ranked offense, averaging 70.58 PPG, against a Wolfpack defense that ranks No. 129 at 69.5 PPG. The Orange field goal percentage has averaged 45.85% so far, less than the Wolfpack marksmen have achieved on the year, 46.04% per game.

A few Wolfpack at Orange trends to consider:
North Carolina State is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
North Carolina State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of North Carolina State's last 5 games
Syracuse is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games
Syracuse is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Syracuse's last 12 games
Syracuse is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
North Carolina State at Clemson, Tuesday, February 18th
Syracuse at Boston College, Wednesday, February 19th