The NC State Wolfpack will face their first ranked opponent this season on Saturday when they travel to Durham for a matchup against the Duke Blue Devils. Will the Wolfpack steal a win at Cameroon Indoor Stadium? Or will Duke defend its home? Check out our preview below of this NC State-Duke ACC college basketball game.
Betting Preview for the NC State Wolfpack vs Duke Blue Devils NCAA College Basketball Game on January 15 2022
Where: Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, NC
When: Saturday, January 15, 2022, 2:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: CBS
Betting on the NC State Wolfpack (odds)
Record: 8-8 Overall/1-4 Conference
Despite Dereon Seabron’s big night, the Wolfpack failed to score a win against the Clemson Tigers at home last Saturday. Seabron posted 27 points in 34 minutes but lacked enough support from his teammates in a 70-65 loss to Clemson. NC State will have to work on its efficiency on offense after shooting just 31.7 percent in the Clemson game, though the Wolfpack appear to be a team that believes in volume shooting. In fact, NC State, which will play the Louisville Cardinals at home Tuesday, is 21st in the nation with 63.5 field goal attempts per contest. They also get plenty of shots from the foul line, averaging 22.0 free throw tries per game – 13th overall in Division I basketball. Seabron leads the Wolfpack this season with 20.1 points per game, while Jericole Hellems and Terquavion Smith are behind him with 14.3 and 13.8 points per outing, respectively.
NC State is 6-2 against the spread in its last eight games versus Duke, dating back to 2016.
Betting on the Duke Blue Devils (odds)
Record: 12-2 Overall/2-1 Conference
Duke got ambushed in its own territory last Saturday during a 76-74 home loss to the Miami Hurricanes. With that loss, the Blue Devils saw their unbeaten run end on five games, during which they mostly took advantage of college basketball minnows, though that stretch also included a win against the Virginia Tech Hokies in Durham on Dec. 22. Paolo Banchero led Duke with his 20 points, but the Blue Devils shot just 28.6 percent from deep and were +12 on turnovers versus Miami. On the season, Duke is averaging 83.3 points per game and will look to get back up when it takes on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in Winston-Salem Tuesday before returning home to prepare for the visiting Wolfpack squad. Duke can also sting with its defense that’s been allowing opponents to score just 93.1 points per 100 possessions.
Duke is 5-3-2 against the spread in its last 10 home games.
Duke wins, 83-66.
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