Pittsburgh Panthers vs Wake Forest Demon Deacons Prediction, 1/23/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Pittsburgh Panthers vs Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Date: Saturday, January 23, 2021
Location: Lawrence Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem, NC
Odds/Point Spread: Pittsburgh (-4)
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons (3-6) play the Pittsburgh Panthers (8-2) at Lawrence Joel Coliseum on Saturday. Wake Forest opens this contest as 4-point dogs. The over/under is set at 142.
Pittsburgh will enter this matchup with a mark of 8-2 so far this season. They currently have an average of 74.2 points per game (133rd in the nation) while hitting 43.3% from the floor. The Panthers are shooting 31.2% on shots from downtown (67 of 215) and 64.3% from the charity stripe. As a team, Pittsburgh is pulling down 43.1 rebounds per contest and has 160 assists this year, which is 168th in the nation in terms of passing. They are turning it over 13.6 times per game and as a unit they are committing 18.4 fouls per game. When they are on defense, the Panthers are forcing 13.5 turnovers per contest and they draw 19.4 personal fouls. They relinquish 26.2% on three-point shots while they are 78th in the nation in PPG allowed (66.1). The Panthers defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 39.1% (234 of 599) and they relinquish 35.7 boards per contest as a group. They are currently ranked 159th in college basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 144 relinquished for the season.
The Pittsburgh Panthers faced off with the Duke Blue Devils and walked away with a win by a score of 79-73 in their last contest. Pittsburgh finished with a 46.2% FG percentage (24 of 52) and made 7 of 20 shots from beyond the arc. From the charity stripe, the Panthers buried 24 of 37 attempts for a percentage of 64.9%. Concerning getting rebounds, they earned 39 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 21 assists in this matchup as well as earning 6 steals and 7 rejections. Pertaining to defending, Pittsburgh allowed the other team to shoot 46.2% from the floor on 24 out of 52 shooting. Duke doled out 18 assists and had 8 steals in this matchup. Furthurmore, the Blue Devils pulled down 42 boards (14 offensive, 28 defensive) and had 7 blocked shots. Duke finished 57.9% from the charity stripe by converting 11 of 19 attempts. They made 8 out of their 28 shots from long range.
Justin Champagnie is someone who came through for the matchup. He accounted for 31 points on 12 of 15 shooting. He played 39 mins played and also grabbed 14 rebounds. Champagnie ended up going 80.0% from the floor and totaled 2 assists. An additional guy that played a role in this contest for the Panthers was Au'Diese Toney. He collected 11 boards and also accumulated 2 assists. He ended up shooting 30.8% from the floor in the game via 4-of-13 (22 points). When the game finished, Toney was on the court for 39 min.
Wake Forest has a mark of 3-6 on the campaign. Wake Forest has scored 633 pts so far this year (70.3 per game) and they average 32.6 rebounds per game. The Demon Deacons are committing 16.9 personal fouls every game while shooting 76.2% from the charity stripe. As an offensive team, the Demon Deacons are connecting on 44.1% from the floor, which ranks 196th in college basketball. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 12.0 times per contest (264th in Division 1) and they are turning it over 14.8 times per game. The Demon Deacons on defense are ranked 126th in Division 1 in PPG given up with 68.1. They have given up 12.9 assists and 32.0 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is ranked 175th and 61st in those defensive categories. The Wake Forest defense gives up 31.6% on shots from beyond the arc (55 of 174) and opponents are knocking down 70.3% of their shots from the free throw line. They have forced 15.0 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 45.9% from the field (282nd in the nation).
When they last stepped on the court, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons took a defeat with a final score of 80-73 against the North Carolina Tar Heels. The Demon Deacons were able to collect 25 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive boards for a total of 33 in the matchup. They stuffed 2 tries while recording 5 steals for this contest. The Tar Heels committed 19 personal fouls for this game which got the Demon Deacons to the free throw line for a total of 17 attempts. They were able to bury 14 of the free throw tries for a rate of 82.4%. In relation to three-point attempts, Wake Forest converted 13 out of their 34 attempts (38.2%). When the final whistle blew, the Demon Deacons shot 23 for 59 from the floor which had them shooting 39.0%. The Demon Deacons allowed the Tar Heels to knock down 29 of 62 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 46.8% in this game. They wrapped up this game 33.3% from 3-point land by hitting 3 out of 9 and ended up going 19 out of 27 from the free throw line (70.4%). Concerning rebounding, Wake Forest permitted North Carolina to collect 36 overall (8 on the offensive glass).
Daivien Williamson ended up being a factor for the Demon Deacons for this contest. He buried 8 of 15 in the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 53.3%, which had him sitting at 27 points. Williamson snagged 3 boards in his 37 mins played and had 5 assists for the game. An additional guy that played a role for Wake Forest was Isaiah Mucius. He totaled 27 points in 30 minutes played by going 9 out of 16 shooting for this game. Mucius wrapped this one up going 56.3% from the field while also totaling 2 assists and 7 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Pittsburgh (-4)
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