Virginia Tech Hokies vs Wake Forest Demon Deacons Prediction, 1/17/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Virginia Tech Hokies vs Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Date: Sunday, January 17, 2021
Location: Lawrence Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem, NC
Odds/Point Spread: Virginia Tech (-7)
Lawrence Joel Coliseum is the venue where and the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (3-4) will play the Virginia Tech Hokies (10-2) on Sunday. Virginia Tech opens this contest as 7-point favorites. The O/U is set at 141.
Virginia Tech will take the court with a record of 10-2 for the season. They have an average of 75.2 points per contest (113th in the nation) while hitting 45.7% from the field. The Hokies are shooting 35.7% on shots from downtown (102 of 286) and 70.4% from the free throw line. As a unit, Virginia Tech is pulling in 36.1 rebounds per game and has earned 158 dimes for the year, which ranks 121st in Division 1 in terms of passing. They lose possession by turning the ball over 12.0 times per game and as a group they are committing 16.6 fouls every game. Defensively, the Hokies are forcing 12.6 turnovers per game while drawing 18.8 fouls. They rank 168th in the country in giving up assists with 131 relinquished this season. The Hokies are allowing an opponent FG percentage of 42.1% (279 of 663) and they surrender 30.7 boards per game as a team. They concede 33.1% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they rank 66th in college hoops in points per game allowed (65.1).
The Virginia Tech Hokies took the court against the Duke Blue Devils and earned the victory with a final of 74-67 in their last contest. Virginia Tech ended having earned a 50.0% field goal percentage (28 of 56) and made 6 out of their 14 3-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Hokies buried 12 of 19 attempts for a rate of 63.2%. When it comes to grabbing rebounds, they compiled 32 with 5 of them being offensive. They also distributed 16 assists for the contest while getting 3 steals and 5 rejections. In terms of defense, Virginia Tech allowed the other team to shoot 50.0% from the floor on 28 out of 56 shooting. Duke distributed 11 assists and had 6 steals for the contest. On top of that, the Blue Devils pulled down 29 rebounds (6 offensive, 23 defensive) and earned 5 rejections. Duke went 73.3% from the free throw line by making 11 of 15 shots. They knocked down 8 of their 29 attempts from distance.
Tyrece Radford is someone who played a role in the game. He ended up finishing with 18 points on 7 out of 12 shooting. He was on the court for 33 mins and also pulled down 12 rebounds. Radford went 58.3% from the field and dished out 5 assists. An additional guy that was a contributor in this game for the Hokies was Keve Aluma. He grabbed 7 rebounds and also earned 2 dimes. He went 46.7% from the field for this game by shooting 7-of-15 (17 points). At the conclusion of this game, Aluma was on the court for 35 min.
Wake Forest has a win-loss record of 3-4 for the season. The Demon Deacons are responsible for committing 16.6 fouls per game and they go 77.1% from the charity stripe. They are earning an assist 12.3 times per game (244th in Division 1) and they lose possession via turnover 14.3 times per contest. Wake Forest has accumulated 500 points for the campaign (71.4 per contest) and they grab 31.4 rebounds per game. As an offense, the Demon Deacons are shooting 46.1% from the field, which is ranked 105th in college basketball. The Demon Deacons defensively are ranked 103rd in the nation in PPG surrendered with 67.0. The Wake Forest defense surrenders 32.7% on shots from behind the 3-point line (48 of 147) and opponents are knocking down 70.4% of their free throw shots. They relinquish 12.6 dimes and 31.4 boards per game, which ranks them 154th and 49th in college basketball. They are able to force 15.4 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 45.6% from the field (273rd in D-1).
When they last stepped on the court, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons took a loss by a final score of 77-65 when they played the Louisville Cardinals. The Demon Deacons were able to corral 18 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive rebounds totaling 26 in this game. They rejected 2 tries while recording 4 steals in the game. The Cardinals were called for 18 personal fouls for the game which got the Demon Deacons to the charity stripe for 18 shots. They were able to knock down 16 of those for a rate of 88.9%. Pertaining to shooting from 3-point land, Wake Forest converted 7 of 29 attempts (24.1%). When this game wrapped up, the Demon Deacons shot 21 out of 57 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 36.8%. The Demon Deacons permitted the Cardinals to convert 29 of 57 tries from the floor which left them shooting 50.9% for the contest. They finished 43.8% from distance by connecting on 7 of 16 and finished the game at 12 of 17 from the free throw line (70.6%). Regarding team rebounding, Wake Forest allowed Louisville to grab 34 overall (7 on the offensive glass).
Daivien Williamson ended up being a major contributor for the Demon Deacons in this game. He buried 6 of 13 for the contest for a rate of 46.2%, which had him sitting at 19 points. Williamson pulled down 2 rebounds in his 38 mins and added 4 assists for the matchup. An additional guy that was important for Wake Forest was Jonah Antonio. He finished with 11 points in his 35 minutes on the hardwood by way of 2 of 7 shooting in the game. Antonio finished going 28.6% from the floor while collecting 3 assists and 4 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Virginia Tech (-7)
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