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Wake Forest vs. Iona - 11/21/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Iona Gaels (1-1) at Wake Forest Demon Deacons (2-1)

College Basketball: Friday, November 21, 2014 at 8:30 pm (Joel Coliseum)

The Line: Wake Forest Demon Deacons -3.5 -- Over/Under: 155 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3.com

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons and the Iona Gaels face off on Friday in college basketball action.

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons are 2-1 so far this season but they are coming off of a 30-point loss at the hands of Arkansas. Wake Forest is averaging 68 points and they are shooting 42.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 67 points and their opponents are shooting 38.7 percent. Devin Thomas leads Wake averaging 19 points and 11.7 rebounds per game. Codi Miller-McIntyre is averaging 8.3 points and 6.0 rebounds and Konstantinos Mitoglou is averaging 8.0 points and 5.0 rebounds. Wake Forest has been sharp on the boards averaging 41 rebounds per game to their oppositions 28.7.

Wake Forest vs. Iona - 11/21/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Iona Gaels are 1-1 this season after winning their opener and then losing to Wofford as part of the Tipoff Marathon. Iona is averaging 75.5 points per game shooting 47.4 percent from the floor and 42.9 percent from beyond the three-point arc and they are allowing 79.5 points and their opponents shoot 47.5 percent. David Laury leads Iona averaging 19 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. A.J. English is averaging 18 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 4.5 assists, Schadrac Casimir is averaging 15 points, and Isaiah Williams is averaging 9.5 points and 6.0 rebounds. Iona played it tight against Wofford the whole way but caved at the end.

Wake Forest is 20-7 against the spread in their last 27 games following a loss of 20 or more points and 4-11 against the spread in their last 15 games overall. Iona is 4-1 against the spread following a loss, 5-1 against the spread in their last six road games against a team with a winning home record, and 1-6 against the spread in their last seven non-conference games.

The issue for me here is the Iona defense and while I would think hey can hang with Wake they won’t be able to make the stops when we need them. 

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Wake Forest Demon Deacons -3.5

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