Wake Forest vs. Minnesota - 12/2/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Golden Gophers (4-2) at Wake Forest Demon Deacons (4-3)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Joel Coliseum)
The Line: Wake Forest Demon Deacons +4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Golden Gophers and Wake Forest Demon Deacons play Tuesday night at the Lawrence Joel Coliseum.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers have won four of their last five and will play their first road game. On the season, Minnesota is averaging 68 points on 40.3 percent shooting and is allowing 63.6 points on 39.9 percent shooting. Andre Hollins leads Minnesota with 11.7 points and four rebounds while Carlos Morris is averaging 10.3 points on 35.5 percent shooting. DeAndre Mathieu leads the Golden Gophers with five assists and Nate Mason is shooting 52.6 percent from three. The Minnesota Golden Gophers continue to rely heavily on their pressure defense that’s forcing 19.8 turnovers per game and holding teams to 29.1 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Minnesota needs to improve its 55.8 percent from the free throw line in order to take that next step.
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The Wake Forest Demon Deacons have lost three of their last five games and could use a big win here. On the season, Wake Forest is averaging 72.6 points on 42.5 percent shooting and is allowing 65 points on 41.3 percent shooting. Devin Thomas leads Wake Forest with 11.7 points and 10.3 rebounds while Codi Miller-McIntyre is averaging 11.3 points on 39 percent shooting. Konstantinos Mitoglou is averaging 5.6 rebounds per game and Mitchell Wilbekin is shooting 44.4 percent from downtown. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons are shooting a cool 69.9 percent from the free throw line and are one of the top rebounding teams in the country with 44 boards per game. Wake Forest has the pieces to be a surprise team in the ACC but now needs to put it all together.
The Golden Gophers are 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 road games and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Demon Deacons are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games overall.
I think Wake Forest's ability to control the glass and the help from the home crowd gives the Demon Deacons a solid chance to win this game outright. Give me Wake Forest and the points.