by GT Staff |
Loyola (Maryland) vs. North Carolina State
Raleigh, North Carolina
Loyola (Maryland) vs. North Carolina State (-15 1/2)(Added games): The Wolfpack (7-2 SU, 3-2 ATS) plays host to the Greyhounds in this non-conference mismatch this evening at Raleigh’s RBC Center. NC State is outscoring opponents by 14 PPG (73.1-59.4) and Loyola has been outscored by eight points (69.4-77.0) a game to start off the season.
Third-year NC State coach and former Wolfpack star Sidney Lowe will have his boys primed to get into some kind of groove before brutal ACC play begins next month and with Brandon Costner, Courtney Fells (45.2% 3-pt FG ACC LY), Ben McCauley and freshman sensation Julius Mays.
The reasoning behind taking the double-digit home favorite here is quite simple: Loyola (4-7, 3-5 ATS) is 0-2 ATS as double-digit road dogs this season, getting blown out 78-48 at Davidson (+25½) on Nov. 25 and 90-57 at Boston College (+16) on Nov. 17. In short, teams from big conferences like the Big East and ACC cannot afford to not play up to their potential against teams from the MAAC, like Marist or St. Peter’s or Loyola (MD). And this is one of those situations and NC State should win by around 20. NC STATE -15 1/2.
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