Wake Forest vs. Virginia Pick
Will No. 11 Virginia be able to find enough offense to cover a double-digit spread when it takes on Wake Forest today at 8PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Virginia is the favorite tonight, as the Cavaliers are getting odds of -11.5 points against Wake Forest. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 133.5 points. Virginia has won four straight in this series, but Wake Forest is 7-3 against the spread in the last 10 against the Cavaliers.
After an 11-1 start to the season, Virginia has dropped two straight to Florida State and Pitt to fall to 11-3 overall and 1-2 in the ACC. The Cavs are just 7-5 against the spread on the season after going 4-5 ATS in their last nine. Virginia has been a team that has relied on defense, allowing just 51.4 points per game on the season while scoring only 68.8 points per game on offense. They hold opponents to 36 percent shooting from the field. London Perrantes is the leader with 10.4 points and 4.4 assists per game. He is the only player to average double figures this season.
Wake Forest got its first ACC win this week, beating Boston College 79-66 to move to 10-5 on the year and 1-2 in the ACC. The Demon Deacons have failed to cover the spread in three straight and are 6-7 against the spread this year. Wake averages 80.9 points per game on offense while allowing 73.2 points per game on defense. Away from home, the Demon Deacons have averaged just 69.6 points per game. John Collins averages 16.4 points and 9.5 rebounds per game to lead Wake while three others also score in double figures on average.
Wake Forest has some talent that should be able to keep this game competitive. The Cavaliers are a team that has to win with defense, which means games usually are somewhat tight. I don’t see UVA being able to run away from the Deacons with their offense. Look for this game with be decided by single digits.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: WAKE FOREST +11.5