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North Carolina State Wolfpack vs Pittsburgh Panthers Preview

Pittsburgh PanthersNorth Carolina State Wolfpack
12-1January 04, 2014, 12:00 | PNC Arena10-3

The North Carolina State Wolfpack will hit the floor running against the visiting Pittsburgh Panthers Saturday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.

This season, the Wolfpack are 10-3 overall and 5-5 ATS, while the Panthers are 12-1 and 3-6-1 ATS. As for the totals, North Carolina State boasts a 4-6 on the OU, and Pittsburgh is 7-3.

View Pittsburgh Panthers vs North Carolina State Wolfpack Odds and Stats.

The Wolfpack were listed as 2.5-point underdogs at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Wolfpack at No. 101 and the Panthers at No. 6 heading into this contest.

In their last action, Pittsburgh was a 58-46 winner at home against Albany. Cameron Wright scored 14 points leading the Panthers to a 58-46 victory over Albany at Petersen Events Center on Tuesday.

North Carolina State won its last outing, a 68-64 result against UNC Greensboro on December 30. They failed to cover in that game as a 12.5-point favorite. The Wolfpack got 24 points from T.J. Warren as North Carolina State ran past UNC Greensboro 68-64 on Monday at Greensboro Coliseum.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits North Carolina State's No. 103-ranked offense, averaging 75.31 PPG, against a Panthers defense that ranks No. 9 at 58.62 PPG. The Wolfpack field goal percentage has averaged 48.33% so far, more than the Panthers marksmen have achieved on the year, 48.03% per game.

A few Panthers at Wolfpack trends to consider:
Pittsburgh is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games
Pittsburgh is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
North Carolina State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
North Carolina State is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
North Carolina State is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Pittsburgh home to Maryland, Monday, January 6th
North Carolina State at Notre Dame, Tuesday, January 7th