North Carolina State Wolfpack vs. Lipscomb Bisons, National Invitational Tournament quarterfinals. The Wolfpack are favorites at home for this game, victory tonight could be defined by a few points. So far everything has gone well for the Wolfpack in the NIT, two wins by almost ten points each. The overall record for NC State was good, but in the conference the team finished in eighth place in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The history of Lipscombs is different, the team reached the conference final, only two defeats in the conference and few losses in the overall record.
North Carolina State Wolfpack: Everything is possible at home.
The Wolfpack this season finished with 24 victories and only eleven defeats overall, good record but negative nothing good in the conference with 9-9. At home the record is strong, 17 wins and only four defeats. The most recent defeat was against Georgia Tech 61-63. The last two victories were at the NIT, Hofstra 84-78 and Harvard 78-77. For the championship of the conference, a victory against Clemson 58-59 and a defeat against Virginia 56-76. Luckily all the games of the NIT have been at home.
At home the Wolfpack are scoring an average of 82.0 points per game, 29.89 FG points, 8.44 three pointers, 71.8% free throw shots, 13.22 assists. The defense allows up to 66.7 points per game, 23.22 FG points, 67.2% free throw shots, 5.44 three pointers, 11.50 assists. The best at home this season was a winning streak of ten games.
The ATS record is negative 10-11-0, although the Wolfpack is favorite at home, they have not been able to complete the spread. Two victories in the NIT being favorites and without being able to complete -9.0 and -9.5 in the spread. 3-7-0 in the last ten games at home.
Lipscomb Bisons: Second place in the conference.
The Bisons are dangerous. They lost the conference final but closed with fourteen victories and only two defeats. The overall record is much better with twenty wins and only seven defeats. For the championship of the conference they won against Kennesaw, NJIT and lost the final against Liberty. In the NIT the first two victories were on the road against Davidson 89-81 and NC Greensboro 86-69. Blunt victories against relatively easy opponents.
On the road the Bisons are scoring an average of 79.1 points per game, 27.13 FG points, 71.8% free throw shots, 8.40 three pointers, 16.00 assists. The defense is allowing 68.4 points per game, 23.73 fg points, 6.80 three points, 77.3% free throw shots and 11.27 assists.
The ATS record is 12-5-0 on the road, in the first two games of the NIT the Bisons were underdogs with +2.5 and +1.5 in the spread. The last game against NC State Wolfpack was in 2008, that game was a defeat for Bisons 58-78. The team is inspired and ten years later they look for a rematch to win.
My Free Pick & Prediction for North Carolina State Wolfpack vs. Lipscomb Bisons 03/27/2019 is: take the Lipscomb Bisons +2.5 (Point Spread).
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