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Duke vs. Wake Forest - 3/1/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Wake Forest Demon Deacons (11-18) at Duke Blue Devils (21-8)

College Basketball: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Cameron Indoor Stadium)

The Line: Duke Blue Devils -17 -- Over/Under: 155 See the Latest Odds

TV: ACC Network; ESPN College Extra

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons will travel to Cameron Indoor Stadium to take on the 17th ranked Duke Blue Devils this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 11-18 (2-15 ACC) on the season after being defeated by the Virginia Tech Hokies, 81-74, this past Sunday. Wake Forest was down by a 37-36 margin at halftime and allowed the Hokies to go on a 9-0 run midway through the 2nd half in which they couldn’t come back from in the loss. Wake Forest shot 49.1% from the field and outrebounded Virginia Tech by a 35-30 margin. The Demon Deacons allowed the Hokies to shoot 48.1% from the field and 36.8% (7-19) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Wake Forest was Bryant Crawford who had 16 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds, 2 steals, and a block. On the season, the Demon Deacons have been led by Devin Thomas (15.7 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.6 bpg), Bryant Crawford (13.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.6 spg), and Konstantinos Mitoglou (9.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg). Offensively, Wake Forest is averaging 74.2 ppg on 44.2% shooting from the field and 31.4% shooting from beyond the arc. The Demon Deacons average 6.2 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.96. Defensively, Wake Forest is allowing their opponents to average 79.2 ppg on 44.4% shooting. The Demon Deacons average 4.4 blocks per game and have a turnover margin of -3.3.

Duke  vs. Wake Forest - 3/1/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The 17th ranked Duke Blue Devils dropped to 21-8 (10-6 ACC) on the season after being defeated by the Pittsburgh Panthers, 76-62, this past Sunday. Pittsburgh was able to get out to a 39-32 halftime lead in this one and used an 11-0 run to put the game away midway through the 2nd half. Duke shot just 37.5% from the field and 34.4% (11-32) from beyond the arc. The Blue Devils allowed the Panthers to shoot 50.0% from the field and was outrebounded by Pittsburgh by a 39-20 margin. Leading the way for Duke was Grayson Allen who had 22 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, the Blue Devils have been led by Grayson Allen (20.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.1 spg), Brandon Ingram (17.0 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.4 bpg), and Luke Kennard (11.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.4 apg). Offensively, Duke is averaging 81.6 ppg on 46.8% shooting from the field and 44.3% shooting from beyond the arc. The Blue Devils average 9.0 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.31. Defensively, Duke is allowing their opponents to average 71.0 ppg on 44.3% shooting. The Blue Devils have a rebound margin of 1.3 and a turnover margin of 1.7.

The Demon Deacons are 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 however, just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record. The Blue Devils are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Tuesday games.

Wake Forest might only have two wins in ACC play this season but has been competitive as they almost upset Virginia at home and Pittsburgh on the road this season. Duke continues their up and down season having lost 2 of their last 3 games and although the Blue Devils are a great offensive team ranking 16th in the country in scoring offense, continue to have a lack of depth down low with Amie Jefferson still sidelined with an injury. Duke should have no problem putting points on the board in this one but as Wake Forest hasn't be defeated by more than 11 points in their last five losses, I think the Demon Deacons will do enough offensively to stay within this large number. Take Wake Forest to cover. 

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