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Northwestern Wildcats vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons - 11/28/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Wake Forest Demon Deacons (5-1) at Northwestern Wildcats (4-2)

College Basketball: Monday, November 28, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Welsh-Ryan Arena)

The Line: Northwestern Wildcats -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Wake Forest Demon Deacons go on the road to do battle with Northwestern as part of the ACC/Big Ten challenge.

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons look to build on a solid 5-1 start to their season. Their last outing produced an 86-74 victory over Coastal Carolina, led by John Collins’ 20 points on 8 of 11 from the floor to go along with 13 rebounds for his 2nd double-double of the season. Brandon Childress was next on the list with 15 points on 4 of 8 from the floor, including 3 threes and a perfect 4 for 4 from the line. Mitchell Wilbekin and Bryant Crawford put in 14 and 12 points respectively while Konstantinos Mitoglou racked up 12 rebounds of his own with 3 points, despite not making a single field goal in the game. John Collins leads Wake with 18.8 points per game along with 8.5 rebounds while Bryant Crawford is the team’s top passer, averaging 6.3 assists per game. As a team, Wake Forest possesses one of the top offenses in the country, as they are scoring the 26th-most points in D-I with an average of 86.3 points per game. They are shooting themselves into the top-15 in field goal percentage at 51.3% (15th in the country), 43.9% from 3-point range (10th), and 79.4% from the foul line (15th).

Northwestern Wildcats vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons - 11/28/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Northwestern Wildcats look for some consistency after splitting their last 4 games, their most recent performance producing an 86-66 win over Bryant. Wildcats leading scorer Vic Law put up a team-high 22 points on 9 of 16 from the floor with 3 threes and 5 rebounds to go along with 4 blocks. Scottie Lindsay scored an efficient 20 points on 7 of 11 with 3 threes and a perfect 3 of 3 from the foul line while Gavin Skelly had 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in the win. Dererk Pardon pulled down a game-high 10 boards in addition to his 6 points on the night. Vic Law leads the team with 17.8 points per game, Dererk Pardon leads the team with 7.3 boards and Bryant McIntosh, is dishing out a team-high 5 helpers per game this season. As a team, Northwestern is scoring 79.5 points per game on 47.6 % from the floor, 43.7% from beyond the arc (the 13th-best percentage in D-I) and 78.6% from the foul line, (21st in D-I).

Wake Forest is 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 2-10 ATS in their last 12 games following a win while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall. Northwestern is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. the ACC while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 non-conference games.

These lines in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge make me shake my head a little bit, this one especially. I know Northwestern is at home and going on the road and winning at a power 5 conference school is hard to do. But Wake Forest boasts one of the best offenses in the country right now, and getting 4 points with the Demon Deacons is a gift I will gladly accept.

Give me Wake Forest and the points.

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Wake Forest +4

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