Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs Duke Blue Devils Prediction, 1/9/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs Duke Blue Devils
Date: Saturday, January 9, 2021
Location: Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, NC
Odds/Point Spread: Wake Forest (+13.5)
The Duke Blue Devils (4-2) play the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (3-2) at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday. Wake Forest opens this game as 13.5-point dogs. The total is set at 145.
Wake Forest heads into this one with a record of 3-2 so far this year. They are turning it over 14.8 times per game and as a group are committing 16.4 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Wake Forest is snagging 32.8 boards per game and has tallied 66 dimes this year, which is 299th in college hoops in terms of passing. The Demon Deacons are connecting on 34.5% on shots from 3-point land (39 of 113) and 73.3% from the charity stripe. They average 73.4 pts per contest (163rd in the nation) while shooting 48.1% from the field. When they are on defense, the Demon Deacons are able to force 16.8 turnovers per contest and they draw 16.8 fouls. The Demon Deacons defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 43.1% (110 of 255) and they relinquish 29.8 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They are ranked 28th in the country in giving up assists to their opponents with 56 conceded for the campaign. They are giving up 30.8% on 3-point attempts and they rank 34th in college hoops in points per game allowed (62.6).
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons faced off with the Virginia Cavaliers and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 70-61 in their last contest. Wake Forest wrapped up the contest having earned a 51.1% field goal percentage (23 of 45) and made 10 of their 19 shots from beyond the arc. From the free throw line, the Demon Deacons knocked down 5 of their 11 shots for a rate of 45.5%. When it comes to rebounding, they compiled a total of 24 with 3 of them being offensive. They also dished out 12 assists for the matchup while getting 4 steals and 2 blocked shots. Pertaining to defense, Wake Forest allowed the other team to go 51.1% from the field on 23 out of 45 shooting. Virginia recorded 11 assists and had 10 steals for the matchup. In addition, the Cavaliers snagged 24 boards (4 offensive, 20 defensive) and earned 2 blocks. Virginia finished shooting 80.0% at the free throw line by making 8 of their 10 attempts. They also converted 6 out of their 20 attempts from long range.
Isaiah Mucius is someone who was a contributor for the matchup. He scored 14 points on 5 of 12 shooting. He was on the court for 35 mins and also grabbed 7 rebounds. Mucius ended up shooting 41.7% from the field and recorded 2 assists. An additional guy that was a factor in the game for the Demon Deacons was Jonah Antonio. He grabbed 4 boards and also earned 2 dimes. He finished the game shooting 62.5% from the floor for this contest by shooting 5-of-8 (14 points). At the conclusion of this game, Antonio was on the hardwood for 31 min.
Duke has a mark of 4-2 for the year. The Blue Devils are committing 17.8 fouls every game and they go 66.0% from the free throw line. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 14.3 times per game (131st in the country) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 14.3 times per contest. Duke has scored 452 points on the season (75.3 per contest) and they average 38.3 rebounds per contest. On the offensive side of the ball, the Blue Devils are shooting 45.5% from the floor, which ranks them 140th in the nation. The Blue Devils defensively are ranked 216th in college basketball in PPG given up with 71.7. The Duke defense surrenders 38.4% from downtown (43 of 112) and their opponents are connecting on 68.9% of their free throw attempts. They concede 11.5 assists and 33.0 rebounds per game, which is ranked 100th and 83rd in college hoops. They have forced 15.7 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 45.9% from the floor (282nd in Division 1).
When they last stepped on the court, the Duke Blue Devils took home the win by a final score of 83-82 when they faced the Boston College Eagles. The Blue Devils were able to snag 17 defensive boards and 17 offensive rebounds totaling 34 for the contest. They also rejected 3 tries while getting 14 steals in the matchup. The Eagles committed 18 fouls in the game which took the Blue Devils to the charity stripe for 25 shots. They were able to make 15 of the free throws for a percentage of 60.0%. When talking about shots from distance, Duke converted 8 out of their 22 tries (36.4%). Overall, the Blue Devils finished 30 out of 67 from the floor which had them sitting at 44.8%. The Blue Devils allowed the Eagles to knock down 32 of 57 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 56.1% for this contest. They wrapped up this game 56.3% from three-point range by shooting 9 out of 16 and finished the game at 9 out of 13 at the free throw line (69.2%). In reference to rebounds, Duke permitted Boston College to grab 33 in all (10 offensive).
Wendell Moore was important for the Blue Devils for the game. He knocked down 8 of 13 for this game for a rate of 61.5%, which had him finishing with 25 points. Moore collected 4 boards in his 30 mins and had 2 assists in this game. One more player who came through for Duke was Matthew Hurt. He ended up walking away with 17 points in his 32 minutes played by going 7 out of 15 shooting in this matchup. Hurt wrapped this one up going 46.7% from the floor while contributing 2 dimes and 11 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Duke (-13.5)
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