The North Carolina State Wolfpack and visiting Wake Forest Demon Deacons both have seen their offenses ascend in recent weeks heading in to their battle Friday night in Raleigh, N.C..
For NC State, leading scorer C.J. Bryce was dealing with ailments toward the beginning of the calendar year, but has now gotten going, having scored at least 13 points in seven of the team’s last nine games.
For Wake Forest, their offensive explosion has come since Chaundee Brown made his return after missing most of February. The Demon Deacons have gotten to at least 73 points in seven of their last nine games since his return.
Wake Forest is also attempting 24.3 free throws per game this season while giving up 22 per contest. The team has shown a willingness to extend games by fouling while down more than 10 points with about 90 seconds to go, something few others do. With the Demon Deacons owning a 13-15 record straight up, they’ve ended up in this situation regularly, with the Over being 19-8-2 in their games this season.
NC State’s opponents are averaging 21.2 free-throw attempts per game, which puts both of these teams in the top 80 in most opponent free-throw attempts per game. So expect tons of fouls and points with the clock stopped, which should further aid two hot offenses to a shootout.
The play: Wake Forest-NC State, Over 152¹/₂ points.