Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Prediction, 1/3/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Date: Sunday, January 3, 2021
Location: McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta, GA
Odds/Point Spread: Wake Forest (+7.5)
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons (3-0) go to McCamish Pavilion on Sunday where they'll meet the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (5-3). Wake Forest opens this matchup as 7.5-point underdogs. The O/U has been set at 139.
Wake Forest enters this matchup with a record of 3-0 on the year. They have an average of 84.0 pts per game (29th in college hoops) while connecting on 49.4% from the floor. The Demon Deacons are hitting 35.1% on three-point attempts (26 of 74) and 78.5% from the free throw line. As a unit, Wake Forest is grabbing 35.7 boards per game and has tallied 44 assists so far this season, which is 317th in the nation in terms of passing the rock. They cough up possession 14.3 times per contest and as a team they are committing 20.0 personal fouls every game. On defense, the Demon Deacons have forced 21.3 turnovers per contest and they draw 21.0 fouls. They rank 7th in D-1 in giving up assists with 29 surrendered this season. The Demon Deacons defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 36.8% (56 of 152) and they surrender 30.7 rebounds per game as a group. They are giving up 29.3% on shots from downtown while they are 12th in college basketball in opponents PPG (57.7).
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons faced off with the Catawba Indians and notched a win by a score of 70-62 in their last game. Wake Forest finished having earned a 43.1% field goal percentage (22 of 51) and made 6 out of their 23 three-point shots. At the free throw line, the Demon Deacons knocked down 20 of their 25 tries for a percentage of 80.0%. In reference to getting rebounds, they earned 34 with 5 of them being offensive. They also recorded 14 assists for the game while getting 7 steals and 2 blocked shots. Regarding defense, Wake Forest allowed 43.1% from the floor on 22 of 51 shooting. Catawba doled out 10 dimes and had 7 steals for this contest. Furthurmore, the Indians grabbed 35 rebounds (10 offensive, 25 defensive) and had 2 blocked shots. Catawba went 68.0% from the charity stripe by converting 17 of 25 attempts. They converted 5 out of their 19 shots from downtown.
Daivien Williamson is a guy who played a role in this game. He was able to score 15 points on 4 of 9 shooting. He saw the court for 37 minutes played and snagged 7 rebounds. Williamson ended up going 44.4% from the field and distributed 4 assists. One more player that came through in this game for the Demon Deacons was Isaiah Mucius. He totaled 7 boards and earned 2 assists. He finished the game at 37.5% from the field in this matchup by going 3-of-8 (11 points). Overall, Mucius played 24 minutes.
Georgia Tech has a win-loss mark of 5-3 for the year. The Yellow Jackets are committing 17.8 personal fouls every game while shooting 72.2% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 16.6 times per contest (50th in Division 1) and they turn it over 12.0 times per game. Georgia Tech has scored 651 points on the season (81.4 per game) and they collect 35.4 boards per game. As an offensive team, the Yellow Jackets are shooting 46.3% from the field, which ranks 128th in the nation. The Yellow Jackets are ranked 274th in college basketball in points per game surrendered with 75.8. They have conceded 14.9 assists and 35.6 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is 267th and 191st in college hoops. The Georgia Tech defense concedes 38.8% on shots from distance (69 of 178) and their opposition makes 70.5% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are forcing 15.9 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 45.1% from the field (254th in D-1).
When they last stepped on the court, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets walked away with a victory by a final of 72-67 when they faced the North Carolina Tar Heels. The Yellow Jackets earned 22 defensive boards and 1 offensive boards totaling 23 for the game. They also rejected 2 attempts while earning 11 steals in the matchup. The Tar Heels earned 19 personal fouls for the matchup which got the Yellow Jackets to the charity stripe for a total of 16 shots. They were able to knock down 8 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 50.0%. In terms of shooting from 3-point land, Georgia Tech converted 10 of 22 tries (45.5%). When the final whistle blew, the Yellow Jackets went 27 out of 51 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 52.9%. The Yellow Jackets allowed the Tar Heels to bury 25 out of their 56 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 44.6% for this contest. They finished 40.0% from behind the 3-point line by going 8 out of 20 and finished the contest at 9 out of 14 at the free throw line (64.3%). In regard to rebounding, Georgia Tech allowed North Carolina to get 36 in total (9 on the offensive glass).
Michael Devoe ended up being a major contributor for the Yellow Jackets for this game. He converted 7 out of 11 in the game for a rate of 63.6%, which had him finishing with 20 points. Devoe collected 3 boards in his 37 mins played and added 4 assists for the contest. One more player that was important for Georgia Tech was Jose Alvarado. He walked away with 20 points in 36 minutes played via 8 of 10 from the floor in this contest. Alvarado ended up shooting 80.0% from the field in addition to contributing 7 assists and 7 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Georgia Tech (-7.5)
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