The North Carolina State Wolfpack (5-2) will be at home in PNC Arena when they meet the Penn State Nittany Lions (6-1). The Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 149.5 points with Penn State set as a 1-point favorite. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, and it can be seen on ESPNU.
Penn State Nittany Lions vs. North Carolina State Wolfpack Free Preview
The Nittany Lions had no trouble getting past the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles in their last matchup, 86-48. With 14 points, seven rebounds and five steals, Jamari Wheeler had a solid performance for Penn State. Penn State played a perfect game. They had a free throw rate of 0.228 (matching their season average) and a turnover percentage of 13.3 (better than their season average of 16.5). Oral Roberts had marks of 0.070 and 23.1, respectively, for those same stats.
In the Wolfpack’s last matchup, they were thoroughly outplayed by the Tennessee Volunteers, 67-58. Allerik Freeman was the games leading scorer with 14 points on 4-for-18 shooting. Tennessee had a free throw rate of 0.358 (above their season average of 0.216). North Carolina State, meanwhile, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 44.7 (above their season average of 35.7).
North Carolina State could struggle to create turnovers. Dating back to last season, Penn State ranks 128th in the NCAA at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 18.2 percent), while North Carolina State has forced the 82nd-fewest turnovers (17.6 percent).
Of Penn State’s 5 games that accepted bets, four have finished under the O/U total, while 2 of North Carolina State’s 4 games have finished over the O/U total. The Nittany Lions hold a substantial advantage in both straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records. They are 6-1 SU and 4-1 ATS, while the Wolfpack are 5-2 SU and 2-2 ATS.
Penn State Nittany Lions vs. North Carolina State Wolfpack Free Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Penn State, ATS Winner – North Carolina State, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Nittany Lions average 13.8 assists per game, which ranks 142nd in the nation. The Wolfpack rank 200th in assists allowed per game (13.8).
- North Carolina State ranks 63rd in blocks per game (4.3) while Penn State ranks 226th in blocks allowed per game (4.1).
- The Nittany Lions rank 33rd in steals per game (7.5) while the Wolfpack rank 190th (5.8).
- North Carolina State ranks 142nd in rebounds per game (36.4) while Penn State ranks 272nd in rebounds allowed per game (37.7).