Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Prediction, 3/9/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Date: Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Location: Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, NC
Odds/Point Spread: Wake Forest (+8.5)
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons (6-15) are headed to Greensboro Coliseum on Tuesday where they'll meet the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-14). Notre Dame opens this game as 8.5-point favorites. The total opens at 142.
Wake Forest will take the court with a mark of 6-15 so far this season. They lose possession via turnover 14.0 times per contest and as a team are committing 16.8 fouls per contest. As a team, Wake Forest is snagging 32.4 rebounds per game and has earned 238 dimes for the year, which has them ranked 278th in D-1 in terms of passing. The Demon Deacons are hitting 34.2% on shots from beyond the arc (183 of 535) and 72.5% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 65.8 pts per game (294th in D-1) while connecting on 41.1% from the field. When they are on the defensive end, the Demon Deacons are forcing 12.4 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 15.1 personal fouls. They are conceding 37.3% on 3-pointers and they are ranked 216th in D-1 in points per game allowed (71.6). The Demon Deacons defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 46.7% (539 of 1,155) and they surrender 34.1 rebounds per game as a group. They currently rank 179th in D-1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 291 surrendered for the season.
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons faced off with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and took a loss by a final of 75-63 in their last game. Wake Forest walked away from the contest having earned a 44.4% FG percentage (24 of 54) and knocked down 7 of their 20 shots from 3-point land. When they shot from the free throw line, the Demon Deacons converted 8 of 14 attempts for a rate of 57.1%. With regard to rebounding, they compiled 22 with 7 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 9 dimes for the contest as well as forcing the opposition into 12 turnovers and getting 9 steals. Concerning defense, Wake Forest allowed the other team to shoot 55.8% from the field on 29 out of 52 shooting. Georgia Tech recorded 13 assists and had 8 steals in this contest. Moreover, Georgia Tech snagged 27 boards (4 offensive, 23 defensive) and had 2 rejections. Georgia Tech ended up going 72.2% when shooting free throws by making 13 of their 18 attempts. They also converted 4 out of their 13 shots from distance.
Ian Dubose is a guy who played a role in the game. He accounted for 18 points on 7 out of 9 shooting. He played 26 minutes and also pulled down 2 boards. Dubose went 77.8% from the floor and totaled 3 assists. An additional guy that was a contributor in the game for the Demon Deacons was Daivien Williamson. He pulled down 1 rebound in his 37 minutes played on the night. He finished the contest at 55.6% from the field in this game by hitting 5-of-9 (15 points). When the time ran out, Williamson earned 1 assist.
Notre Dame has a record of 10-14 for the campaign. The Fighting Irish commit 12.8 personal fouls per contest and they connect on 77.0% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 15.2 times per contest (64th in college basketball) and they turn the ball over 10.5 times per contest. Notre Dame has earned 1,751 points this season (73.0 per contest) and they grab 33.5 boards per game. On the offensive side of the court, the Fighting Irish are connecting on 46.3% from the field, which is 75th in college basketball. The Fighting Irish on the defensive end are ranked 255th in D-1 in points per game surrendered with 73.1. They are able to force 8.5 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 44.1% from the floor (211th in D-1). The Notre Dame defense allows 36.2% on 3-pointers (198 of 547) and their opposition makes 72.6% of their free throw attempts. They have relinquished 13.6 assists and 35.8 rebounds per contest, which is ranked 232nd and 227th in D-1.
The last time they took the court, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish walked away with a victory by a final of 83-73 when they faced the Florida State Seminoles. The Fighting Irish were able to collect 29 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive boards totaling 37 in this matchup. They also turned it over 13 times, while getting 8 steals for this game. The Seminoles had 22 fouls in the game which got the Fighting Irish to the charity stripe for 34 tries. They were able to convert 28 of those for a clip of 82.4%. In terms of shooting from beyond the arc, Notre Dame made 9 out of their 27 tries (33.3%). When the game finished, the Fighting Irish went 23 for 54 from the floor which gave them a rate of 42.6%. The Fighting Irish permitted the Seminoles to bury 26 of 64 attempts from the field which had them at 40.6% for the matchup. They finished 25.0% from behind the 3-point line by going 6 of 24 and walked away from this one shooting 15 of 20 from the free throw line (75.0%). When it comes to rebounding, Notre Dame permitted Florida State to pull down 34 in total (10 on the offensive side).
Prentiss Hubb was important for the Fighting Irish in this matchup. He converted 6 of 17 in this contest for a rate of 35.3%, and accumulated 4 rebounds. Hubb tallied 22 points in his 39 mins of playing time and had 5 assists in this game. One more player that was important for Notre Dame was Nate Laszewski. He walked away with no assists in 26 mins on the court, and he knocked down 2 of 4 from the floor. Laszewski ended the game having shot 50.0% from the floor while collecting 11 points and 5 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Wake Forest (+8.5)
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