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Syracuse Orange vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons - 1/13/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Wake Forest Demon Deacons (9-8) at Syracuse Orange (12-4)

College Basketball: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Carrier Dome)

The Line: Syracuse Orange -9.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ACC Network

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons will travel to the Carrier Dome to take on the Syracuse Orange this Thursday night.

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons improved to 9-8 (1-3 ACC) on the season after defeating the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 76-69 this past Saturday. The Demon Deacons shot 49.0% from the field and 36.8% (7-19) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for Wake Forest was Devin Thomas who had a double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds. The Demon Deacons are currently ranked 131st in the RPI Standings and have played the 72nd ranked SOS. On the season, Wake Forest has been led by Devin Thomas (13.1 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 1.4 apg) and Codi Miller-McIntyre (12.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 3.8 apg). The Demon Deacons are averaging 70.6 ppg (ranked 118th) on 43.2% shooting (ranked 196th). Wake Forest struggles from the charity stripe as they are currently shooting only 64.1% as a team. Defensively, the Demon Deacons are allowing their opponents to average 68.1 ppg (ranked 224th) on 43.8% shooting (ranked 239th). Wake Forest is grabbing an average of 27.41 defensive rpg (ranked 23rd) and 39.94 total rpg (ranked 22nd).

Syracuse Orange vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons - 1/13/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Syracuse Orange won their 6th straight game and improved to 12-4 (3-0 ACC) on the season after defeating the Florida State Seminoles 70-57 this past Sunday. The Orange held the Seminoles to 39.6% shooting from the field and 12.5% (2-16) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for Syracuse was Trevor Cooney who had 28 points, 2 assists, and 3 steals. The Orange are currently ranked 44th in the RPI Standings and have played the 73rd ranked SOS. On the season, Syracuse has been led by Rakeem Christmas (17.1 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 2.4 bpg) and Trevor Cooney (14.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.8 spg). The Orange is averaging 68.7 ppg (ranked 154th) on 44.4% shooting (ranked 128th). Syracuse averages 16.1 apg (ranked 23rd) and has a 1.28 assist/turnover ratio (ranked 43rd). Defensively, the Orange is holding their opponents to an average of 57.5 ppg (ranked 23rd) on 36.9% shooting (ranked 16th). Syracuse averages 5.8 bpg (ranked 18th) and has a rebound margin of 5.1 (ranked 60th). The Orange is grabbing 26.0 defensive rpg (ranked 70th) and 38.88 total rpg (ranked 38th).

The Demon Deacons are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. win and 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Orange is 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games following a S.U. win and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS win.

Wake Forest gave Duke all they could handle a little more of a week ago and following up that disappointing loss with a nice victory over Georgia Tech. Syracuse has played well since their OT loss at Villanova and their zone defense is once again causing major headaches for their opponents. I wasn’t that high on Syracuse coming into this season, but I really like how their defensive has been playing lately. As Wake Forest doesn’t have much of an outside threat, I see the Syracuse defensive shutting down Wake Forest and walk away with a double-digit victory in this one. Take Syracuse to cover. 

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