Florida vs. Wake Forest - 12/20/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Wake Forest Demon Deacons (5-5) at Florida Gators (6-4)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 5:00 pm (BB&T Center)
The Line: Florida Gators -11.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FOX Sports 1
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons and Florida Gators meet Saturday afternoon at the BB&T Center.
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons have lost three of their last four games and would love a key win here. On the season, Wake Forest is averaging 72.8 points on 42.7 percent shooting and is allowing 68.5 points on 44 percent shooting. Codi Miller-McIntyre is averaging 12.2 points and 2.6 assists while Devin Thomas is averaging 11.5 points and 9.3 rebounds. Konstantinos Mitoglou is grabbing 5.7 rebounds and Mitchell Wilbekin is shooting 39 percent from the field. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons rely on their length to keep games close, as they’re averaging 41.2 rebounds and more than four blocks per game. Offensively, Wake Forest is shooting 66.4 percent from the free throw line and 32.3 percent from deep while the defense is is forcing 15.3 turnovers per game.
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The Florida Gators have won three straight and hope to keep things rolling after a tough start. On the season, Florida is averaging 68.5 points on 45 percent shooting and is allowing 56 points on 38.7 percent shooting. Michael Frazier II is averaging 15.2 points and 5.3 rebounds while Dorian Finney-Smith is averaging 12.3 points and 5.1 rebounds. Jon Horford is grabbing 6.5 rebounds and Chris Walker is shooting 52.1 percent from the field. The Florida Gators are a defensive team that’s forcing 14.4 turnovers and holding teams to 30.9 percent shooting from deep. Offensively is where Florida struggles, as it has just two double-digit scorers despite the fact it’s shooting 35.2 percent from downtown. Eli Carter is questionable for this game with strep throat.
The Demon Deacons are 16-36 ATS in their last 52 neutral site games and 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Gators are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games and 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
I'm still trying to figure Florida out, as the Gators are great defensively but limited offensively and are still banged up. I can't lay double-digit chalk with a Florida team that's so up-and-down. Give me Wake and the points, as the Demon Deacons will keep this close due to their rebounding.