Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs Virginia Cavaliers Prediction, 1/6/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs Virginia Cavaliers
Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Location: John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, VA
Odds/Point Spread: Wake Forest (+13)
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons (3-1) travel to John Paul Jones Arena on Wednesday where they'll meet the Virginia Cavaliers (5-2). The spread on this matchup has Virginia as 13-point favorites. The total opens at 124.5.
Wake Forest heads into this contest with a win-loss record of 3-1 so far this season. They lose possession via turnover 15.3 times per contest and as a team they commit 17.5 fouls per game. As a unit, Wake Forest is pulling down 34.5 rebounds per contest and has racked up 54 assists this season, which has them ranked 315th in the nation in terms of passing the ball. The Demon Deacons are connecting on 30.9% on 3-pointers (29 of 94) and 76.7% from the free throw line. They have an average of 76.5 pts per contest (108th in college basketball) while connecting on 47.5% from the field. Defensively, the Demon Deacons are able to force 19.5 turnovers per contest while drawing 19.0 fouls. They are 22nd in college basketball in allowing assists to their opponents with 45 conceded this year. The Demon Deacons defense is giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 40.4% (82 of 203) and they surrender 30.8 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They are conceding 31.0% from beyond the arc and they rank 25th in college hoops in opponents points per game (60.8).
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons took the court against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and ended up losing by a score of 70-54 in their last contest. Wake Forest wrapped up the contest with a 41.5% FG percentage (22 of 53) and knocked down 3 of their 20 three-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Demon Deacons buried 7 of 11 shots for a rate of 63.6%. In reference to pulling down rebounds, they collected 28 with 5 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 10 assists in this game as well as earning 9 steals and 2 blocks. In reference to defense, Wake Forest allowed 41.5% from the floor on 22 out of 53 shooting. Georgia Tech recorded 16 dimes and had 11 steals in this matchup. Furthurmore, the Yellow Jackets collected 31 rebounds (3 offensive, 28 defensive) and had 2 blocks. Georgia Tech ended up going 64.3% at the free throw line by making 9 of 14 attempts. They also buried 9 of 26 shots from downtown.
Isaiah Mucius is one guy who was a major factor in this matchup. He ended up scoring 21 points on 9 of 16 shooting. He played for 29 mins and snagged 5 rebounds. Mucius finished 56.3% from the floor and totaled 2 dimes. Someone else that was a major factor in this game for the Demon Deacons was Ody Oguama. He totaled 5 rebounds and earned 2 dimes. He finished the game shooting 75.0% from the floor in this contest by shooting 6-of-8 (14 points). When the final whistle blew, Oguama was on the hardwood for 29 min.
Virginia has a win-loss record of 5-2 so far this year. Virginia has tallied 513 pts for the season (73.3 per contest) and they grab 33.6 rebounds per game. The Cavaliers are committing 14.0 fouls per contest and they hit 78.4% from the free throw line. As an offense, the Cavaliers are connecting on 49.1% from the floor, which is 47th in college basketball. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 14.0 times per contest (152nd in college basketball) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 8.9 times per contest. The Cavaliers on the defensive side of the court are 23rd in the nation in points per game surrendered with 60.7. They have surrendered 12.9 assists and 29.1 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is ranked 175th and 16th in college hoops. The Virginia defense concedes 34.4% on 3-point shots (54 of 157) and opponents are connecting on 75.8% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are able to force 10.1 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 40.5% from the field (92nd in the country).
The last time they took the court, the Virginia Cavaliers got the victory with a final of 66-57 when they faced the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The Cavaliers were able to pull down 27 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive rebounds totaling 33 in the game. They also blocked 3 attempts while recording 3 steals in this contest. The Fighting Irish were called for 11 personal fouls for the contest which took the Cavaliers to the charity stripe for a total of 8 shots. They were able to knock down 4 of those for a clip of 50.0%. With regard to shooting from downtown, Virginia buried 8 of their 26 tries (30.8%). When the final whistle was blown, the Cavaliers went 27 for 58 from the field which gave them a rate of 46.6%. The Cavaliers allowed the Fighting Irish to knock down 18 of 45 tries from the floor which left them shooting 40.0% for this game. They went 25.0% from beyond the perimeter by connecting on 5 of 20 and walked away from this one shooting 16 of 21 from the charity stripe (76.2%). When discussing team rebounding, Virginia permitted Notre Dame to snag 30 overall (3 offensive).
Kihei Clark was important for the Cavaliers in this contest. He made 7 out of 12 for this game for a field goal percentage of 58.3%, which gave him 19 points. Clark snagged 3 rebounds in his 38 minutes played and earned 5 dimes in the matchup. One more player who came through for Virginia was Jay Huff. He was able to score 15 points in his 24 minutes played via 7 out of 9 from the floor for the game. Huff ended up shooting 77.8% from the field while earning 2 assists and 5 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Wake Forest (+13)
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