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How and what to watch for No. 14 Virginia vs. NC State

The still-defending national champs bring their unique brand of basketball on the road.

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Virginia Cavaliers guard Kihei Clark celebrates after a Cavaliers basket against the Clemson Tigers during the second half at Littlejohn Coliseum. Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports

The Virginia Cavaliers finally lost an ACC game in their last matchup, and look to get back on track against the reeling North Carolina State Wolfpack on Wednesday night in Raleigh.

UVA (11-3, 7-1 ACC) is the slowest team in college basketball at just 59.9 possessions per game. But they also play some of the most efficient offense at 116.5 points per 100 possessions. They start four upperclassmen, including senior forward and leading scorer Sam Hauser at 14.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.

NC State (7-6, 3-5 ACC) has dropped five of six, with the lone win coming against lowly Wake Forest. As a team they make just 34.1% of their three-pointers, and allow opponents to get an offensive rebound 32.3% of the time. That’s a bad combination against the Pack Line defense and spaced offense of the Cavaliers.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Virginia vs. NC State on Wednesday, February 3rd at 9:00 p.m. ET on ACC Network, or you can stream it via the ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login. If you don’t have a cable login to access the ESPN app, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream it.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Virginia -7.5
Point Total: 128.5
Money line: Virginia -375, NC State +280

  • UVA is 8-6 ATS this year, with the Wolfpack just 5-7-1
  • Virginia is 8-6 against the total, with the Wolfpack 8-5

The Best Bet

When UVA plays against talent, they really go into their offensive shell. But against lesser teams their efficiency makes up for what they lose pace. Against a mediocre team, look for plenty of points per possession.

Pick: NC State -7.5

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