Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/22/14
Wake Forest Demon Deacons (12-6) at Virginia Tech Hokies (8-9)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Cassell Coliseum)
The Line: Virginia Tech Hokies -1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN Full Court
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons travel to Virginia Tech to play the Hokies on Wednesday night.
Wake Forest dropped to 12-3, 2-3 ACC after losing at Clemson 61-53 on Saturday. The Demon Deacons shot only 36.2% from the field and 23.5% from three-point range, as the Tigers defense was once again tough to break. Coron Williams led the Demon Deacons with 13 points, while Tyler Cavanaugh added 12 points and Arnaud-William Adala Moto scored 10 points. On the year, sophomore guard Codi Miller-McIntyre leads the team with 15.3 points per game and 3.8 assists. Sophomore forward Devin Thomas is averaging 11.2 points and a team-high 8.6 rebounds per game. The Demon Deacons are shooting 44.3% from the field as a team while scoring 71.9 points per game this season. Wake Forest is one of the best rebounding teams in the ACC, averaging 38.9 boards per game this season. The Demon Deacons won four out of five games heading into conference play, but have since dropped three of five games heading into this one. Wake Forest is now 1-27 on the road in the ACC under fourth-year coach Jeff Bzdelik and they will be back on the road Wednesday.
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The Virginia Tech Hokies dropped to 8-9, 1-4 ACC on the year after losing at Notre Dame 70-63 on Sunday. The Hokies shot an impressive 52% from the field but found themselves trailing at halftime by 15 points. Cadarian Raines led the Hokies with 20 points and 6 rebounds, while Jarell Eddie struggled for Virginia Tech, finishing the game with only 2 points. On the season, Eddie leads the Hokies with 14.5 points per game and a team-high 5.8 rebounds. Freshman guard Ben Emelogu is averaging 11.5 points, while freshman guard Devin Wilson averages a team-high 4.9 assists. Virginia Tech is averaging only 69.7 points per game while shooting 43.6% from the field. The Hokies are a solid rebounding team, averaging 39.2 boards per contest. Virginia Tech has lost four straight and have dropped six out of their last seven contests. The Hokies will head home for this game where they have lost their last three games against conference opponents.
Wake Forest and Virginia Tech have split the last four meetings with one another, the Demon Deacons won the last meeting by 11 at Virginia Tech. The Hokies are playing awful right now and their best player is playing some of his worst basketball right now. If Wake Forest can keep Eddie in his slump they should have a good chance of winning on the road in this one. The Demon Deacons have been bad on the road in conference play over the past few years but this may be their best chance to get a win. I think Wake Forest gets the job done and finds a way to squeak out a win at Virginia Tech.