Tulane Green Wave vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons - 11/17/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Wake Forest Demon Deacons (1-0) at Tulane Green Wave (0-0)
College Basketball: Monday, November 17, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Devlin Fieldhouse)
The Line: Tulane Green Wave +2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The ACC meets the AAC when the Wake Forest Demon Deacons visit the Tulane Green Wave.
The Tulane Green Wave begin their first season in the AAC after departing the CUSA which makes them a mystery right off the bat after a 17-17 overall record and 8-8 conference mark. The majority of of Tulane's success or failures from a season ago can be attributed to numerous new players. The good news is most of those players return although the bad news is this was one of the poorer offensive squads in the CUSA at around 63 points on 41% marksmanship. The Green Wave do have scoring potential with Louis Dabney bring back 15 points with Jonathan Stark returning over 14 points. Jay Hook is a 14 point scorer and Tre Drye is a banger that can rebound and give the team a few points in the paint so this is a team of potential.
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The Wake Forest Demon Deacons were a bottom feeder in the ACC a season ago so it's very important that this team opens the year strong and build some confidence. The Demon Deacons took a step in the right direction with a season opening 80-69 victory over UNC Asheville on Friday night. Wake could not be stopped as they sank half their shots and made a whopping 32 free throws. The Demon Deacons were much too big on the glass and held a 49-24 edge in that area and held Bulldogs to a scant 32% from the floor although 24 giveaways ruined an otherwise perfect effort. Devin Thomas poured in a team high 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds followed by a 17 point, eight pull effort from Konstantinos Mitoglou. Madison Jones and Codi Miller-McIntyre combined for another 17 points as points and rebounds were easy to come by.
WAKE are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games overall and are 5-16 ATS in their last 21 road games. For Tulane the under is 14-3 in TULN last 17 home games and is 22-6 in TULN last 28 overall while the under is 22-6 in TULN last 28 non-conference games. I think both teams might be improved from a season ago although by how much is the question and we probably won't know until both have a few games under their belt. I'm laying the small road chalk with Wake Forest who I'm hoping are a bit better because that's all I need...