Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Prediction, 2/2/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Location: Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Wake Forest (+5.5)
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish (6-9) play the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (5-7) at Purcell Pavilion on Tuesday. Wake Forest opens this contest as 5.5-point underdogs. The O/U is set at 143.5.
Wake Forest comes into this game with a mark of 5-7 on the year. The Demon Deacons are connecting on 35.5% on three-point shots (108 of 304) and 75.2% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 70.2 points per outing (220th in the nation) while connecting on 43.8% from the field. They cough up possession 14.9 times per contest and as a group they commit 17.3 personal fouls every game. As a unit, Wake Forest is grabbing 33.1 rebounds per game and is sitting with 145 dimes for the season, which ranks 285th in the nation in terms of passing the rock. Defensively, the Demon Deacons are forcing 14.4 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 15.9 fouls. They give up 35.2% on shots from distance and they are 117th in college basketball in opponents PPG (67.8). The Demon Deacons are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 45.7% (293 of 641) and they surrender 31.8 rebounds per game as a unit. They are 93rd in college hoops in allowing assists to their opponents with 157 relinquished on the season.
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons faced the Miami Hurricanes and went home with a win by a final score of 66-54 in their last contest. Wake Forest walked away from the game with a 41.1% field goal percentage (23 of 56) and buried 13 of their 29 shots from distance. From the free throw line, the Demon Deacons knocked down 7 of 11 tries for a rate of 63.6%. In relation to rebounding, they compiled 37 with 8 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 11 assists for the game while getting 6 steals and 2 blocks. In reference to defending, Wake Forest allowed the other team to go 41.1% from the field on 23 of 56 shooting. Miami doled out 13 dimes and had 7 steals for the contest. Furthurmore, the Hurricanes pulled down 29 boards (3 offensive, 26 defensive) and had 2 blocks. Miami ended up shooting 12.5% from the charity stripe by making 1 of 8 shots. They also knocked down 9 out of their 16 attempts from downtown.
Daivien Williamson is a guy who was a major factor for the matchup. He ended up walking away with 16 points on 6 of 10 shooting. He saw the court for 35 minutes and also snagged 2 rebounds. Williamson walked away from this one shooting 60.0% from the field and totaled 2 dimes. An additional guy that was a contributor in this contest for the Demon Deacons was Isaiah Mucius. He totaled 9 boards and also earned 2 dimes. He finished the game shooting 40.0% from the floor for this contest by connecting on 4-of-10 (13 points). When this game wrapped up, Mucius saw the court for 27 minutes.
Notre Dame has a mark of 6-9 so far this year. Notre Dame has tallied 1,062 points so far this year (70.8 per game) and they grab 32.7 boards per game. The Fighting Irish commit 11.9 fouls every game and they hit 76.1% from the charity stripe. When it comes to executing on offense, the Fighting Irish are shooting 45.5% from the field, which is ranked 117th in the nation. They are dishing out assists 14.7 times per game (91st in the country) and they are turning it over 10.7 times per contest. The Fighting Irish on defense are ranked 222nd in the nation in points given up per game with 71.6. They have relinquished 14.4 assists and 36.0 total boards per game, which is ranked 271st and 223rd in Division 1. The Notre Dame defense concedes 35.3% on shots from beyond the arc (126 of 357) and opponents are making 74.7% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are forcing 8.5 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 43.4% from the floor (199th in college hoops).
The last time they took the court, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish walked away with a victory by a final of 84-58 when they faced the Pittsburgh Panthers. The Fighting Irish snagged 33 defensive rebounds and 3 offensive rebounds totaling 36 in the matchup. They also turned away 5 attempts while getting 4 steals in the matchup. The Panthers earned 15 fouls for the contest which got the Fighting Irish to the charity stripe for a total of 12 shots. They were able to convert 7 of the free throws for a rate of 58.3%. When it comes to shots from downtown, Notre Dame made 13 of 24 attempts (54.2%). At the conclusion of this game, the Fighting Irish shot 32 out of 57 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 56.1%. The Fighting Irish allowed the Panthers to make 23 of 73 attempts from the field which left them with a rate of 31.5% for the matchup. They wrapped up this game 30.8% from beyond the perimeter by connecting on 8 out of 26 and finished the game at 4 of 5 from the charity stripe (80.0%). With respect to how they attacked the glass, Notre Dame allowed Pittsburgh to get 37 in total (15 offensive).
Prentiss Hubb was important for the Fighting Irish in this matchup. He converted 5 out of 9 for this game giving him a rate of 55.6%, which had him sitting at 17 points. Hubb grabbed 2 boards in his 35 mins played and had 9 dimes for the matchup. An additional guy that was important for Notre Dame was Dane Goodwin. He totaled 16 points in his 29 minutes played by going 6 out of 11 shooting in the matchup. Goodwin finished going 54.5% from the floor in addition to earning 2 dimes and 9 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Wake Forest (+5.5)
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