Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs Louisville Cardinals Prediction, 1/7/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs Louisville Cardinals
Date: Saturday, January 7, 2023
Location: KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, KY
KFC Yum! Center is the location where the Louisville Cardinals (2-13) will meet the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (10-4) on Saturday.
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons faced North Carolina and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 88-79 in their last contest. Wake Forest ended the game having earned a 49.1% field goal percentage (28 of 57) and converted 10 of their 21 shots from 3-point land. From the charity stripe, the Demon Deacons knocked down 13 of their 20 shots for a percentage of 65.0%. In relation to pulling down rebounds, they earned 29 with 7 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 16 assists in the matchup as well as forcing the other team into 9 turnovers and getting 7 steals. With regard to the defense, Wake Forest allowed the other team to go 51.7% from the field on 30 out of 58 shooting. North Carolina recorded 12 assists and had 9 steals for the matchup. Furthermore, North Carolina snagged 28 boards (7 offensive, 21 defensive), but didn't record a block for the team. North Carolina finished the game shooting 79.2% from the charity stripe by converting 19 of 24 shots. They converted 9 out of their 24 tries from beyond the arc. In reference to personal fouls, the Demon Deacons finished with 18 while North Carolina totaled 18 personal fouls.
Damari Monsanto is one guy who was a factor for the contest. He accounted for 17 points on 6 of 11 shooting. He played 29 minutes and collected 7 rebounds. He ended up shooting 54.5% from the field and totaled 1 assist.
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Wake Forest enters this game with a win-loss record of 10-4 on the campaign. They are averaging 75.6 pts per contest (114th in the country) while hitting 45.7% from the field. The Demon Deacons are hitting 35.6% on 3-point shots (119 of 334) and 75.6% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Wake Forest is pulling in 35.6 rebounds per contest and has earned 177 dimes for the year, which has them ranked 267th in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. They are turning it over 13.4 times per game and as a squad they commit 15.9 personal fouls every game.
On the defensive end, the Demon Deacons are forcing 13.9 turnovers per game while drawing 18.7 fouls. They currently rank 139th in the nation in giving up assists to the opposition with 169 relinquished this year. The Demon Deacons defense is giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 43.3% (357 of 825) and they concede 33.6 boards per game as a team. They are giving up 32.6% on 3-point shots while they are 239th in college basketball in points per game allowed (71.1).
In their last game, the Louisville Cardinals went home defeated by a final of 70-69 when they faced Syracuse. In regard to team rebounding, Louisville permitted Syracuse to get 31 in total (8 offensive). They finished 43.8% from 3-point land by shooting 7 of 16 and finished the game at 19 of 25 at the charity stripe (76.0%). The Cardinals allowed Syracuse to bury 22 of 54 attempts from the floor which left them with a rate of 40.7% in this game. Overall, the Cardinals finished shooting 27 out of 63 from the field which gave them a percentage of 42.9%. In regard to 3-point shots, Louisville buried 11 of their 27 attempts (40.7%). They were able to convert 4 of those for a clip of 40.0%. Syracuse had 13 fouls for this game which got the Cardinals to the free throw line for a total of 10 attempts. They also turned it over 17 times, while getting 7 steals for the game. The Cardinals were able to snag 23 defensive rebounds and 13 offensive boards for a total of 36 in this contest.
El Ellis was important for the Cardinals in the matchup. He earned 20 points in his 40 mins of playing time and accumulated 9 assists in the matchup. He converted 7 of 14 for the matchup for a field goal rate of 50.0%, and had 4 rebounds.
Louisville has a record of 2-13 on the season. As an offense, the Cardinals are hitting on 40.7% from the field, which is ranked 333rd in the nation. Louisville has totaled 930 points so far this year (62.0 per game) and they pull down 32.1 rebounds per game. Their rate of earning assists is at 9.0 times per game (360th in D-1) and they turn it over 16.9 times per game. The Cardinals are committing 16.2 fouls every game and they connect on 72.6% from the free throw line.
The Louisville defense concedes 34.0% on three-point shots (108 of 318) and their opponents are making 68.6% of their free throw shots. They allow 14.0 dimes and 34.6 boards per contest, which ranks them 276th and 210th in college basketball. The Cardinals on the defensive side of the court are 308th in Division 1 in PPG allowed with 74.1. They are able to force 12.5 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 46.9% from the field (342nd in college basketball).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Louisville
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