Virginia vs NC State Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for February 7 (Cavaliers Defense Shines in Close-Fought ACC Tilt)

Virginia vs NC State Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for February 7 (Cavaliers Defense Shines in Close-Fought ACC Tilt)


Virginia vs NC State Game Info

  • 2022-23 NCAA Basketball Regular Season Game
  • No. 8 Virginia (17-4, 9-3 ACC) vs. No. 22 NC State (19-5, 9-4 ACC)
  • Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023
  • Time: 9:00 PM ET
  • Venue: John Paul Jones Arena -- Charlottesville, Virginia

Tuesday, Feb. 7's NCAA college basketball slate features some ACC action as the No. 8 Virginia Cavaliers are set to go head-to-head with the No. 22 NC State Wolfpack.

All eyes are on Virginia after a 74-68 loss to Virginia Tech ended the Cavaliers' winning streak at seven games. On the other hand, NC State enters tonight's contest following a 72-64 win over Georgia Tech which extended the Wolfpacks' winning streak to four games in the process.

Does Virginia have another strong performance in store for the John Paul Jones Arena crowd? Or will NC State force the Cavaliers to lose back-to-back games for the second time this season?

Virginia vs NC State Odds & Spread

Virginia enters this contest as the clear home favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 9 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 133.5 points with -110 odds on both sides.

Virginia vs NC State Betting Trends

  • Against the spread, Virginia is 8-13-0 this season.
  • The Cavaliers are 3-7 as 7.5-point favorites or more.
  • There have been 12 Virginia's games (out of 21) that hit the over this year.
  • NC State has beaten the spread 12 times in 24 games.
  • The Wolf Pack are unbeaten ATS (1-0) as a 7.5-point underdog or more this season.
  • This season, 13 of NC State's 24 games have hit the over.
Virginia Rank Virginia AVG NC State AVG NC State Rank
214th 70.3 Points Scored 79.6 27th
10th 60.9 Points Allowed 69.5 184th
283rd 29.9 Rebounds 34.6 51st
301st 7 Off. Rebounds 10 68th
122nd 7.9 3pt Made 8.4 76th
17th 16.4 Assists 13.4 163rd
4th 8.8 Turnovers 9.3 6th

Virginia vs NC State Prediction & Pick

While NC State is among the ACC's hottest teams, playing at John Paul Jones Arena is quite a challenge. On top of being 11-1 at home, Virginia only surrenders 56.3 PPG on 38.8% shooting at home. The Cavaliers also yet to lose to a conference rival at home, further proving the Wolfpacks' uphill battle.

NC State is also set to be shorthanded as Dusan Mahorcic (knee) and Jack Clark (abdominal) have been ruled out of the contest. Considering how Mahorcic and Clark are two of the Wolfpack's top-six scorers and average a combined 17.8 points and 13.9 rebounds per game this season, it's clear that their presence will be missed.

With NC State also only being 3-3 in away games thus far, it's hard not to give the advantage to Virginia. The Cavaliers are an absolute force at home and I fully expect them to derail the Wolfpacks' recent momentum.

Final Score Prediction: Virginia: 73 | NC State: 69

Virginia vs NC State Best Bet

Virginia is also the 3.5-point halftime favorite in this game, however, I actually like the idea of NC State keeping things close. The Wolfpack are one of the best first-half teams in the nation, averaging 39.1 points (No. 9) with a plus-8.0 scoring margin (No. 8) ahead of halftime. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers only average 33.0 first-half points (T-No. 174) with a plus-4.5 margin (No. 52).

With Virginia often playing better in the second half compared to the first, look for NC State to keep things close ahead of halftime.

Bet: First-Half Spread — NC State +3.5 (-104)

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