Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs Pittsburgh Panthers Prediction, 3/2/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs Pittsburgh Panthers
Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Location: Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Wake Forest (+8.5)
The Pittsburgh Panthers (9-10) play the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (6-13) at Petersen Events Center on Tuesday. Pittsburgh opens this game as 8.5-point favorites. The total opens at 138.5.
Wake Forest enters this one with a record of 6-13 this season. They currently have an average of 66.4 points per game (283rd in the nation) on 41.2% from the field. The Demon Deacons are shooting 34.2% from downtown (166 of 486) and 73.5% from the charity stripe. As a team, Wake Forest is snagging 33.1 boards per contest and has tallied 215 assists on the campaign, which is 284th in D-1 in terms of passing the ball. They cough up possession 14.1 times per contest and as a squad are committing 16.8 personal fouls every game. When they are on the defensive end, the Demon Deacons are able to force 12.4 turnovers every game while drawing 15.3 fouls. They relinquish 37.4% on shots from downtown and they are 216th in D-1 in points per game allowed (71.5). The Demon Deacons defense is allowing a shooting percentage of 46.2% (486 of 1,051) and they concede 34.1 boards per game as a unit. They are ranked 154th in college hoops in giving up assists to their opponents with 262 surrendered this season.
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons faced off with the Virginia Tech Hokies and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 84-46 in their last game. Wake Forest walked away from the contest having earned a 27.3% FG percentage (15 of 55) and converted 10 of 32 three-point shots. When they shot from the free throw line, the Demon Deacons made 6 of their 13 attempts for a rate of 46.2%. With regard to grabbing rebounds, they earned 30 with 8 of them being offensive. They also doled out 9 assists in this matchup as well as forcing 9 turnovers and earning 2 steals. When it comes to defense, Wake Forest allowed the other team to shoot 53.4% from the field on 31 of 58 shooting. Virginia Tech earned 19 assists and had 9 steals for this contest. In addition, Virginia Tech grabbed 36 rebounds (6 offensive, 30 defensive) and earned 10 blocked shots. Virginia Tech finished the game shooting 56.3% from the free throw line by converting 9 of 16 shots. They converted 13 of 24 attempts from beyond the arc.
Jonah Antonio is someone who was a contributor in this matchup. He scored 12 points on 4 out of 9 shooting. He played 29 minutes played and snagged 3 boards. Antonio finished the game shooting 44.4% from the floor and earned 1 assist. Another guy that was a major factor in the game for the Demon Deacons was Isaiah Mucius. He snagged 5 rebounds in 31 minutes on the basketball court. He finished the game shooting 28.6% from the field for the matchup by hitting 2-of-7 (6 points). Overall, Mucius collected 1 assist.
Pittsburgh has a mark of 9-10 on the season. On the offensive side of the court, the Panthers are hitting on 42.8% from the floor, which ranks 252nd in the nation. Pittsburgh has earned 1,361 pts for the campaign (71.6 per contest) and they average 38.9 rebounds per contest. Their rate of earning assists is at 15.1 times per game (66th in the country) and they are turning it over 12.4 times per game. The Panthers are committing 17.7 personal fouls per contest and they connect on 67.0% from the free throw line. The Panthers on the defensive side of the court are 177th in college basketball in PPG given up with 70.0. They have surrendered 15.7 assists and 33.9 rebounds every game, which ranks 320th and 126th in those categories on the defensive end. The Pittsburgh defense gives up 31.5% on 3-pointers (136 of 432) and their opponents are connecting on 70.3% of their free throw shots. They are forcing 12.5 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 43.3% from the field (180th in the nation).
When they last stepped on the court, the Pittsburgh Panthers walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 65-62 against the NC State Wolfpack. The Panthers earned 24 defensive boards and 18 offensive boards totaling 42 in this game. They also gave up possession 11 times, while getting 5 steals in the matchup. The Wolfpack earned 20 personal fouls for the game which got the Panthers to the free throw line for a total of 30 shots. They were able to convert 19 of them for a clip of 63.3%. When it comes to shooting from beyond the arc, Pittsburgh made 3 of 10 tries (30.0%). Overall, the Panthers went 20 out of 57 from the field which gave them a rate of 35.1%. The Panthers allowed the Wolfpack to convert 18 of their 46 attempts from the floor which left them with a rate of 39.1% in this contest. They went 29.4% from beyond the arc by shooting 5 out of 17 and walked away from this one shooting 24 of 34 from the free throw line (70.6%). In regard to how they attacked the glass, Pittsburgh allowed North Carolina State to grab 31 overall (7 offensive).
Femi Odukale was important for the Panthers in the game. He made 6 out of 11 for this game for a rate of 54.5%, and accounted for 5 rebounds. Odukale tallied 18 points in his 38 minutes on the court and accounted for 5 assists in this game. An additional guy that ended up playing a role for Pittsburgh was Justin Champagnie. He left the arena with 1 assist in his 38 mins on the hardwood, and he knocked down 4 of 14 from the floor. Champagnie finished going 28.6% from the field while collecting 15 points and 12 rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Pittsburgh (-8.5) and over 138.5 points
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