Louisville Cardinals vs Wake Forest Demon Deacons Prediction, 1/13/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Louisville Cardinals vs Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Date: Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Location: Lawrence Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem, NC
Odds/Point Spread: Louisville (-7)
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons (3-3) host the Louisville Cardinals (8-1) at Lawrence Joel Coliseum on Wednesday. The line on this matchup has Louisville as 7-point favorites. The over/under is set at 136.5.
Louisville will enter this matchup with a win-loss mark of 8-1 so far this year. They average 70.4 points per game (223rd in college hoops) while hitting 47.2% from the field. The Cardinals are connecting on 34.2% from downtown (51 of 149) and 74.3% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Louisville is snagging 38.0 boards per contest and has accumulated 109 assists so far this year, which ranks 241st in the country in terms of passing. They turn it over 13.2 times per contest and as a unit they are committing 19.1 personal fouls every game. When they are on defense, the Cardinals are able to force 11.8 turnovers every game and they draw 18.8 fouls. They surrender 31.6% on three-point shots and they are 34th in D-1 in opponents PPG (62.8). The Cardinals defense is giving up a FG percentage of 39.1% (193 of 494) and they concede 30.8 boards per game as a basketball team. They currently rank 62nd in the country in giving up assists with 86 conceded this season.
The Louisville Cardinals played the Virginia Tech Hokies and walked away with a win by a score of 73-71 in their last game. Louisville ended the contest having earned a 47.3% field goal percentage (26 out of 55) and made 6 of 16 shots from downtown. At the charity stripe, the Cardinals converted 15 of their 20 tries for a rate of 75.0%. When discussing pulling down boards, they earned a total of 36 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 8 assists in the matchup while earning 7 steals and 2 rejections. With respect to the defense, Louisville allowed the other team to go 47.3% from the floor on 26 out of 55 shooting. Virginia Tech distributed 10 dimes and had 7 steals in this contest. Additionally, the Hokies snagged 29 boards (6 offensive, 23 defensive) and got 2 blocked shots. Virginia Tech finished the game shooting 80.0% from the free throw line by making 16 of their 20 tries. They made 9 out of their 30 tries from beyond the arc.
Carlik Jones is a guy who was a contributor for the contest. He ended up scoring 17 points on 6 out of 13 shooting. He saw the court for 38 mins and totaled 3 rebounds. Jones finished the game shooting 46.2% from the floor and distributed 3 assists. One more player that was a major factor in this contest for the Cardinals was David Johnson. He pulled down 5 rebounds and also accounted for 2 assists. He shot 50.0% from the floor for this game by shooting 5-of-10 (17 points). In all, Johnson played 34 min.
Wake Forest has a mark of 3-3 for the season. The Demon Deacons are responsible for committing 16.3 fouls every game and they shoot 75.4% from the free throw line. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 12.3 times per game (247th in the nation) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 14.8 times per contest. Wake Forest has scored 435 pts so far this season (72.5 per contest) and they collect 31.5 boards per contest. When it comes to executing on offense, the Demon Deacons are hitting on 47.8% from the floor, which is ranked 62nd in the nation. The Demon Deacons on defense are ranked 72nd in Division 1 in points given up per game with 65.3. They relinquish 12.2 assists and 30.7 boards per game, which is ranked 128th and 36th in college hoops. The Wake Forest defense gives up 31.3% on three-point shots (41 of 131) and their opponents are knocking down 70.4% of their free throw attempts. They are able to force 16.3 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 44.6% from the floor (247th in college hoops).
The last time they took the court, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons took a defeat with a final score of 79-68 against the Duke Blue Devils. The Demon Deacons corralled 17 defensive boards and 6 offensive rebounds for a total of 23 in this contest. They also blocked 2 tries while earning 7 steals for the game. The Blue Devils committed 16 fouls in the matchup which took the Demon Deacons to the charity stripe for a total of 21 attempts. They were able to bury 18 of the free throws for a percentage of 85.7%. When it comes to shooting from beyond the arc, Wake Forest converted 6 of their 20 tries (30.0%). When this game wrapped up, the Demon Deacons walked away from this one shooting 22 out of 48 from the field which gave them a rate of 45.8%. The Demon Deacons permitted the Blue Devils to knock down 31 out of 61 attempts from the field which had them sitting at 50.8% for the game. They finished 33.3% from three-point range by shooting 9 of 27 and ended up going 8 out of 10 from the free throw line (80.0%). In relation to rebounds, Wake Forest permitted Duke to grab 33 overall (14 on the offensive glass).
Daivien Williamson ended up being a major contributor for the Demon Deacons for this contest. He made 6 out of 9 for this contest for a field goal percentage of 66.7%, which had him sitting at 17 points. Williamson had 2 boards in his 39 minutes played and accumulated 2 dimes in this contest. One more player that ended up playing a role for Wake Forest was Ismael Massoud. He totaled 17 points in 26 minutes on the hardwood by way of 5 out of 10 from the floor in the game. Massoud ended up shooting 50.0% from the field as well as contributing 2 assists and 8 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Louisville (-7)
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