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

Syracuse Orange (11-7) at Wake Forest Demon Deacons (10-6)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Joel Coliseum)

The Line: Wake Forest Demon Deacons -3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ACC

The Syracuse Orange and Wake Forest Demon Deacons meet Saturday at the Lawrence Joel Coliseum.

The Syracuse Orange look for some consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Syracuse Orange are averaging 70.4 points on 42.2 percent shooting and allowing 64.9 points on 40.3 percent shooting. Michael Gbinije is averaging 17.3 points and 4.5 assists while Trevor Cooney is averaging 13.3 points and 2.5 rebounds. Malachi Richardson is the third double-digit scorer and Tyler Roberson is grabbing 8.2 rebounds. The Syracuse Orange are shooting 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and 67.9 percent from the free throw line. Syracuse is allowing 29.9 percent shooting from deep and is grabbing 36.2 rebounds per game. The Syracuse Orange have lost six straight road games.

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

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The Wake Forest Demon Deacons also could use a win after splitting their last eight games. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons are averaging 77.8 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 78.8 points on 45 percent shooting. Devin Thomas is averaging 16.9 points and 10.4 rebounds while Bryant Crawford is averaging 13.2 points and 4.7 assists. Konstantinos Mitoglou is the third double-digit scorer and John Collins is grabbing 4.4 rebounds. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 68.1 percent from the free throw line. Wake Forest is allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and is grabbing 39.3 rebounds per game. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons have won 10 of their last 15 home games.

The Orange are 16-33-2 ATS in their last 51 Saturday games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Demon Deacons are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss. 

Syracuse is the more talented team here and will have a solid chance to win outright. I'm just not real impressed with Wake Forest and its inconsistent play. Take the three points.

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