North Carolina Tar Heels vs Wake Forest Demon Deacons Prediction, 2/7/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: North Carolina Tar Heels vs Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023
Location: Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, NC
The North Carolina Tar Heels (15-8) are on their way to Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Tuesday where they will try to beat the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (15-9).
The North Carolina Tar Heels faced Duke and took a loss by a final of 63-57 in their last contest. Concerning fouls, the Tar Heels ended up with 14 while Duke accumulated 11 fouls. They also made 4 out of their 11 attempts from distance. Duke finished the contest at 73.3% from the free throw line by converting 11 of 15 attempts. Moreover, Duke collected 45 rebounds (13 offensive, 32 defensive), but wasn't able to record a rejection. Duke doled out 10 dimes and had 4 steals in this contest. In relation to defense, North Carolina allowed 39.3% from the floor on 24 of 61 shooting. They also dished out 12 assists in the game as well as forcing the other team into 11 turnovers and getting 3 steals. In regard to grabbing rebounds, they compiled a total of 35 with 11 of them being on the offensive end. At the free throw line, the Tar Heels converted 2 of 3 tries for a rate of 66.7%. North Carolina walked away from the game having earned a 34.3% FG percentage (24 of 70) and made 7 out of their 27 3-point shots.
Armando Bacot is one guy who was a factor for this contest. He finished 50.0% from the floor and earned 2 dimes. He played for 35 mins and collected 10 rebounds. He recorded 14 points on 6 out of 12 shooting.
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North Carolina will play this game with a win-loss mark of 15-8 on the campaign. They average 77.6 pts per game (48th in the nation) while connecting on 44.3% from the field. The Tar Heels are shooting 30.8% on shots from beyond the arc (154 of 500) and 73.4% from the charity stripe. As a unit, North Carolina is pulling in 39.3 rebounds per game and has accumulated 287 dimes this season, which ranks 273rd in Division 1 in terms of passing the rock. They turn it over 11.0 times per game and as a basketball team they commit 16.6 fouls on a nightly basis.
When they are on defense, the Tar Heels are able to force 11.5 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 19.7 fouls. They are 92nd in college basketball in giving up assists with 270 surrendered on the year. The Tar Heels defense is allowing a shooting percentage of 43.5% (622 of 1,429) and they relinquish 34.6 boards per game as a basketball team. They are conceding 33.8% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they rank 231st in college hoops in PPG allowed (71.3).
The last time they took the court, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons walked away with a victory by a final of 81-64 when they played Notre Dame. The Demon Deacons corralled 36 defensive rebounds and 3 offensive boards for a total of 39 for the contest. They gave up possession 12 times, while recording 1 steal in this matchup. Notre Dame had 12 personal fouls for the game which got the Demon Deacons to the free throw line for a total of 11 attempts. They were able to knock down 9 of those for a rate of 81.8%. With regard to shots from beyond the perimeter, Wake Forest converted 14 out of 30 tries (46.7%). When this game wrapped up, the Demon Deacons ended up going 29 out of 55 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 52.7%. The Demon Deacons allowed Notre Dame to bury 27 of their 71 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 38.0% in the matchup. They finished 19.0% from beyond the perimeter by going 4 out of 21 and ended up going 6 out of 10 at the charity stripe (60.0%). With respect to rebounding, Wake Forest allowed Notre Dame to get 30 overall (9 on the offensive glass).
Damari Monsanto ended up having an impact for the Demon Deacons in the matchup. He knocked down 9 of 15 in this contest for a field goal rate of 60.0%, and accumulated 7 rebounds. He totaled 28 points in his 30 minutes of playing time and had 1 assist in this contest.
Wake Forest has a record of 15-9 this season. The Demon Deacons have committed 16.3 personal fouls per contest and they connect on 74.4% from the free throw line. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 12.9 times per game (216th in the country) and they are giving up possession 11.9 times per game. Wake Forest has totaled 1,857 points for the season (77.4 per game) and they pull down 34.8 rebounds per game. On the offensive side of the court, the Demon Deacons are shooting 46.6% from the field, which has them ranked 65th in college basketball.
The Wake Forest defense allows 34.4% on shots from behind the 3-point line (211 of 613) and their opponents are converting on 70.4% of their foul shots. They relinquish 12.7 assists and 34.1 boards per game, ranking them 185th and 186th in college basketball. The Demon Deacons on defense are ranked 267th in the country in points per game surrendered with 72.7. They are forcing 12.6 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 44.0% from the floor (225th in college hoops).
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Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take North Carolina
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