Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons Pick-Odds-Prediction 3/13/14
Wake Forest Demon Deacons (17-15) at Pittsburgh Panthers (23-8)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 2:00 pm (Greensboro Coliseum)
The Line: Pittsburgh Panthers -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons play the Pittsburgh Panthers in the 2nd round of the ACC tournament on Thursday.
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons defeated Notre Dame 81-69 in the 1st round of the ACC tournament on Wednesday afternoon. On the season, Codi Miller-McIntyre is leading the Demon Deacons in scoring and assists, averaging 12.9 points and 4.1 assists per game. Devin Thomas is averaging 11 points per game along with a team-high 7.5 rebounds per game. Wake Forest is averaging 69.8 points per game while shooting 45% from the field as a team this season. The Demon Deacons are a good rebounding team, averaging 34.8 boards per contest. Wake Forest had lost seven straight games before earning two wins out of their last four games over the past week heading into the conference tournament. Wake Forest has lost their last five road games in conference play and they are 2-2 on neutral courts this season.
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The Pittsburgh Panthers improved to 23-8, 11-7 ACC after beating Clemson on the road 83-78 in overtime on Saturday to complete their regular season schedule. On the season, Lamar Patterson, who in my opinion is one of the best players in the ACC, if not the country this season, leads the Panthers. Patterson averages a team-high 17.6 points and 4.5 assists per game this season. Talib Zanna is averaging a second-best 12.5 points per game while averaging a team-high 8.3 rebounds per game. The Panthers average a solid 72.6 points per game while shooting 46.1% from the field as a team this season. Pittsburgh is one of the better rebounding teams in the ACC, averaging 36 boards per game. Pittsburgh has won three of their last four games after losing three straight games in February. The Panthers finished an impressive 7-2 on the road in conference play and 3-1 on neutral courts this season.
Wake Forest shot the ball extremely well in the first round of the tournament, but I don’t think they have the ability to shoot that well two games in a row. Pittsburgh is looking to make a statement in this tournament and I think they win by double-digits.