Virginia Tech Hokies vs Wake Forest Demon Deacons Prediction, 12/31/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Virginia Tech Hokies vs Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Date: Saturday, December 31, 2022
Location: Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, NC
Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum is the location where the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (9-4) will attempt to defeat the Virginia Tech Hokies (11-2) on Saturday.
The Virginia Tech Hokies stepped onto the hardwood against Boston College and ended up losing by a score of 70-65 in their last contest. Virginia Tech ended the game having earned a 40.9% field goal percentage (27 of 66) and made 5 of their 20 shots from 3-point land. From the free throw line, the Hokies converted 6 of their 9 shots for a percentage of 66.7%. In reference to rebounding, they compiled 41 with 13 of them being offensive. They also recorded 12 assists in this game while forcing 9 turnovers and having 4 steals. In the matter of the defense, Virginia Tech allowed the other team to shoot 40.3% from the field on 29 of 72 shooting. Boston College earned 12 assists and had 7 steals for the contest. Moreover, Boston College had 38 boards (16 offensive, 22 defensive), but finished the game with no rejections. Boston College shot 75.0% from the free throw line by making 9 of their 12 tries. They made 3 out of their 19 attempts from beyond the arc. When talking about personal fouls, the Hokies ended up finishing with 14 and Boston College racked up 14 personal fouls.
Justyn Mutts is someone who came through for the contest. He finished the contest at 52.9% from the floor and dished out 3 assists. He played for 41 mins and also grabbed 8 boards. He accounted for 18 points on 9 of 17 shooting.
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Virginia Tech enters this matchup with a win-loss record of 11-2 this season. They are averaging 75.4 points per outing (133rd in the nation) while shooting 48.1% from the floor. The Hokies are connecting on 35.1% on shots from beyond the arc (104 of 296) and 72.9% from the free throw line. As a unit, Virginia Tech is grabbing 36.2 boards per game and has accumulated 189 dimes on the season, which is 110th in the country in terms of passing. They are turning it over 9.5 times per contest and as a squad they commit 14.4 fouls per game.
On defense, the Hokies are forcing 12.0 turnovers every game and they draw 15.4 personal fouls. They are ranked 94th in college hoops in giving up assists to the opposition with 141 relinquished on the year. The Hokies defense is giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 40.8% (318 of 779) and they surrender 33.6 rebounds per contest as a unit. They are giving up 29.7% from 3-point land while they are 49th in D-1 in PPG allowed (62.9).
When they last stepped on the court, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons got the victory with a final of 81-70 against Duke. When talking about rebounding, Wake Forest permitted Duke to get 28 in all (7 offensive). They went 29.6% from distance by going 8 of 27 and ended up going 10 of 14 at the free throw line (71.4%). The Demon Deacons allowed Duke to bury 26 of 59 attempts from the floor which left them shooting 44.1% for this game. At the conclusion of this game, the Demon Deacons shot 26 out of 53 from the floor which had them sitting at 49.1%. When it comes to 3-pointers, Wake Forest converted 7 out of 19 tries (36.8%). They were able to knock down 22 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 84.6%. Duke earned 19 personal fouls for this contest which got the Demon Deacons to the charity stripe for 26 tries. They also gave up possession of the ball 14 times, while earning 5 steals in the game. The Demon Deacons collected 27 defensive boards and 8 offensive boards totaling 35 for this game.
Tyree Appleby ended up being a major contributor for the Demon Deacons in the game. He racked up 18 points in his 38 mins of playing time and had 8 dimes in the game. He converted 2 of 8 in the game for a field goal percentage of 25.0%, and had 4 rebounds.
Wake Forest has a win-loss mark of 9-4 on the season. As an offense, the Demon Deacons are hitting on 46.4% from the field, which ranks 111th in the nation. Wake Forest has totaled 982 points this season (75.5 per game) and they collect 35.5 rebounds per contest. They are assisting teammates 12.7 times per game (251st in D-1) and they turn it over 13.9 times per game. The Demon Deacons commit 15.9 personal fouls every game and they hit 75.4% from the charity stripe.
The Wake Forest defense gives up 32.8% on shots from beyond the arc (111 of 338) and opponents are knocking down 69.0% of their free throw shots. They have given up 11.9 dimes and 33.2 total boards per game, which is ranked 142nd and 132nd in the nation. The Demon Deacons on defense are ranked 233rd in college basketball in points allowed per game with 70.8. They are able to force 14.0 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 43.1% from the floor (203rd in college basketball).
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Tony Sink's Pick: Take Wake Forest
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