Preview: West Virginia vs N.C. State

When: 9:30 PM  ET, Saturday, December 20, 2014
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Matchup Edge
WVU Edge in: NCST
Points Per Game
Field Goal %
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Rebounding
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North Carolina State just got done knocking off one major-conference opponent and will try to make it two straight when it meets West Virginia as part of the Gotham Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday. The 20th-ranked Mountaineers are coming off a battle with in-state foe Marshall and are trying to build up their resume before the start of Big 12 play. The Wolfpack average 74.7 points but will be taking on a stout defense.

West Virginia leads the nation in steals, averaging 13.7, and tries to use that pressure to generate points in transition. The Mountaineers forced 24 turnovers to squeeze out a 69-66 win over Marshall and have earned back-to-back wins since their lone setback – a 74-73 loss to LSU on Dec. 4. North Carolina State was worried about making up the points after the departure of ACC Player of the Year T.J. Warren but Ralston Turner and transfer Trevor Lacey have stepped up to make give the Wolfpack a potent attack.

TV: 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2

ABOUT NORTH CAROLINA STATE (9-2): Turner was the only player besides Warren to score in double figures in 2013-14, averaging 10.5 points, but stepped up his production to 14.9 this season and put together his best game against Tennessee by knocking down eight 3-pointers en route to a career-high 33 points. Ralston, Lacey and point guard Anthony Barber performed solidly against the press in that game, and the perimeter trio will get another test from the Mountaineers. Barber has 11 assists and one turnover in the last two contests.

ABOUT WEST VIRGINIA (9-1): The Mountaineers are averaging 78.4 points on the season but have been held below 70 in back-to-back games, instead relying on the defense to lead them to wins over Northern Kentucky and Marshall. Leading scorer Juwan Staten (15.0) is shooting 32.7 percent from the field over the last four games and found himself on the bench in favor of Gary Browne at times in the last contest. Browne responded with a season-high 10 points and grabbed two steals to boost his average to 1.8.

TIP-INS

1. Staten needs 17 points to reach 1,000 for his career.

2. Lacey shot 55 percent or better from the field in each of his last six games.

3. Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins needs one win to become the 14th Division I coach with at least 750 in his career.

PREDICTION: N.C. State 71, West Virginia 70

 

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
West Virginia 9-1 W2 3-1 1-0 5-0 2-0 7-1 0-0
N.C. State 9-2 W1 9-1 0-1 0-0 1-1 8-1 1-0

Last Meeting

West Virginia N.C. State
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
3/20/07 NCST 66 WVU 71 71 27 48.1 66 37 37.5

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
WVU F. Young 25 64.3 1
NCST B. Costner 22 50.0 6
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
WVU R. Summers 6 2 4
NCST B. Costner 13 3 10
Assists Player  
WVU A. Ruoff 11
NCST E. Atsur 4
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
WVU J. Staten 150 41.1 42
NCST T. Lacey 172 54.5 32
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
WVU J. Holton 78 36 42
NCST L. Freeman 83 25 58
Assists Player  
WVU J. Staten 41
NCST A. Barber 43
Quickchart Matchup
West Virginia  Off vs  N.C. State Def
78.4  Points For
60.4 Points Against
40.8 FG%
36.0 FG%
35.3 Reb
29.3 Reb
N.C. State Off vs  West Virginia Def
74.7 Points For
62.0 Points Against
45.7 FG%
45.0 FG%
29.3 Reb
31.3 Reb

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home over/under
OPEN
-110
2.5
-110
141
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports
-110
3
-110
138.5
Sportsbook
-110
3
-110
138.5
5Dimes.eu
-105
3
-105
138.5
GTBets.eu
-110
3
-110
138.5
Top Bet
-105
2.5
-110
139
BetOnline.ag
-105
2.5
-110
139
BetDSI
-110
2.5
-110
139
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF
BetDNA.com
-113
3.5
-107
139
Belmont
-110
3
-110
138.5
BookMaker.eu
-110
2.5
-109
139
Vegas Odds
Westgate
-110
2.5
-110
139
Mirage
-110
2.5
-110
137.5
Station
-110
2.5
-110
138
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Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

West Virginia Overall N.C. State
9-1 W/L 9-2
4-4-0 ATS 3-5-0
2-1-1 O/U 2-2-0
78.4 Pts For 74.7
62.0 Pts Against 60.4
West Virginia Neutral N.C. State
5-0 W/L 0-0
3-2-0 ATS 0-0-0
2-1-0 O/U 0-0-0
82.2 Pts For 0.0
67.4 Pts Against 0.0