On Tuesday night, the NC State Wolfpack will travel to Chapel Hill to take on their in-state rival North Carolina Tar Heels. NC State comes in at 16-6 and is in 8th place in the ACC. North Carolina is ranked 8th and come in at 17-4 and are in 3rd place in the ACC.
NC State Trying to Recover from Loss
NC State is coming off a 47-24 loss to Virginia Tech on Saturday. The Wolfpack put together one of the worst offensive performances in basketball history. The whole team put up 24 points, and there were 92 college basketball players that scored 24 on their own on Saturday. No player was in double figures, and CJ Bryce led the team with 7 points on 3 of 13 shooting. Wyatt Walker led the team in rebounds with 12, and Markell Johnson had the only 2 assists for the Wolfpack. NC State shot 9 of 54 (17%) from the field and 2 for 28 (7%) from 3-point range.
North Carolina is coming off a 79-69 victory over Louisville on Saturday. Senior Luke Maye led the Tar Heels with 20 points on 7 of 18 shooting. Maye also led the team in rebounds with 11. Cameron Johnson tallied 19 points on just 5 of 9 shooting and grabbed 10 boards. Garrison Brooks tallied 12 points, and Kenny Williams added 10 points. Freshman Coby White scored 8 points and shot 3 of 14 from the field. White added 4 rebounds and led the team in assists with 4.
Strong Scoring on Both Teams
NC State boasts 4 players averaging double figures, led by Torin Dorn who scores 13.8 points a game and grabs 6.6 rebounds a game which is also a team high. He is supported by CJ Bryce, who is averaging 12 points a game and Markell Johnson who averages 11.4 a game and shoots 41% from 3-point range. Johnson is also the leading assister with 3.8 a game. Devon Daniels adds 9.9 and Braxton Beverly chips in 9.1 each game. The Wolfpack have been great offensively minus their last game, scoring 81.6 points a game on 47.2% shooting, but are allowing teams to score 68.3 a game on the other side.
The Tar Heels are led in scoring by Cameron Johnson, who is averaging 16 points a game. Johnson is shooting an incredible 47.7% from 3-point range. He is followed by Coby White and Luke Maye, who average 14.8 and 14.1 points per game, respectively. White leads the team in assists with 4.2 a game and Maye leads the Tar Heels on the glass with 9.8 a game. Nassir Little averages double figures as well with 10.2 points a game. The Tar Heels are averaging 87.1 points per game on 47% shooting but are allowing opponents to score 72.6 a game.
Tar Heels Will Dominate
North Carolina comes in at -11. UNC struggled in the middle of the season but have found their stride of late, winning 5 straight games. The Wolfpack are trending in the opposite direction, losing 2 straight and 5 of their last 8. This game will get ugly early. NC State will have no confidence shooting the ball following a 24-point performance and UNC is firing on all cylinders. All signs point to a 15+ point victory for the Tar Heels. Take North Carolina -11.
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