Wake Forest vs. Virginia - 1/26/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Virginia Cavaliers (15-4) at Wake Forest Demon Deacons (10-9)
College Basketball: Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Joel Coliseum)
The Line: Wake Forest Demon Deacons +8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The 11th ranked Virginia Cavaliers will travel to Lawrence Joel Coliseum to take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The 11th ranked Virginia Cavaliers won their 2nd straight game and improved to 15-4 (4-3 ACC) on the season after defeating the Syracuse Orange, 73-65, this past Sunday. Virginia was able to get out to a 37-29 halftime lead and got a big performance from Malcom Brogdon in the 2nd half to hang on for the victory. Virginia was outstanding offensively as they shot 56.8% from the field and 44.4% (8-18) from beyond the arc. The Cavaliers held the Orange to 38.9% from the field and outrebounded Syracuse by a 31-28 margin. Leading the way for Virginia was Malcolm Brogdon who had 21 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal. On the season, the Cavaliers have been led by Malcolm Brogdon (17.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.0 apg), Anthony Gill (14.8 ppg, 6.2 rpg), and London Perrantes (11.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.1 spg). Offensively, Virginia is averaging 72.9 ppg on 49.7% shooting from the field and 40.5% shooting from beyond the arc. The Cavaliers average 5.8 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.60. Defensively, Virginia is holding their opponents to an average of 61.4 ppg on 42.6% shooting. The Cavaliers have a rebound margin of 4.9 and a turnover margin of 2.8.
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The Wake Forest Demon Deacons lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 10-9 (1-6 ACC) on the season after being defeated by the 15th ranked Miami Hurricanes, 77-63, this past 77-63. Wake Forest was only down by two points at the break but allowed the Hurricanes to go on a 9-0 run late in the 2nd half that put the game out of reach for the Demon Deacons. Wake Forest shot 39.0% from the field and lost the turnover battle by a 16-10 margin. The Demon Deacons allowed the Hurricanes to shoot 35.9% shooting and was outrebounded by Miami by a 47-37 margin. Leading the way for Wake Forest was Devin Thomas who had 12 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 assist, and a steal. On the season, the Demon Deacons have been led by Devin Thomas (16.2 ppg, 10.4j rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.9 bpg), Bryant Crawford (12.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 4.6 apg, 1.3 spg), and Codi Miller-McIntyre (7.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.1 apg). Offensively, Wake Forest is averaging 75.3 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field and 32.2% shooting from beyond the arc. The Demon Deacons average 6.3 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.93. Defensively, Wake Forest is allowing their opponents to average 79.1 ppg on 44.1% shooting. The Demon Deacons average 4.8 blocks per game and have a turnover margin of -3.9.
The Cavaliers are 4-0 ATS in their third game of a 3-in-5 days situation however, just 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games. The Demon Deacons are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 home games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
Virginia has recovered nicely with two solid home wins after losing three of their previous four games and once again has one of the better defenses in the country as they rank 6th in the country in scoring defense. Wake Forest has made some great process under head coach Danny Manning with big wins over Indiana and UCLA early in the season, however, has lost six of their last seven games and have struggled defensively letting their opponents average 84 ppg over their last four games. Virginia has struggled a bit on the road this season and although they should have a good day offensively against the Demon Deacons, I think Wake Forest will do enough to keep this one within the number. Take Wake Forest and the points.