Wake Forest Demon Deacons (13-4) vs. Virginia Cavaliers (10-6)
January 15, 2022 4:30 pm EDT
The Line: Virginia Cavaliers -3.5 / Wake Forest Demon Deacons +3.5; Over/Under: -128.5
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The Wake Forest Demon Deacons and Virginia Cavaliers meet Saturday in college basketball action at the John Paul Jones Arena. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Virginia Cavaliers look for a win after winning five of their last eight games.
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons are averaging 79.1 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 69.1 points on 41.3 percent shooting. Alondes Williams is averaging 20.7 points and 6.7 rebounds, while Jake LaRavia is averaging 14.8 points and 6.1 rebounds. Daivien Williamson is the third double-digit scorer and Isaiah Mucius is grabbing 3.6 rebounds. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons are shooting 32.3 percent from beyond the arc and 72.7 percent from the free throw line. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons are allowing 31.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.9 rebounds per game.
The Virginia Cavaliers are averaging 62.7 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 58.4 points on 40.4 percent shooting. Jayden Gardner is averaging 14.3 points and 7.4 rebounds, while Armaan Franklin is averaging 12.2 points and 1.6 assists. Kihei Clark is dishing 3.9 assists and Reece Beekman is grabbing 3.9 rebounds. The Virginia Cavaliers are shooting 32.1 percent from beyond the arc and 72.2 percent from the free throw line. The Virginia Cavaliers are allowing 34.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.3 rebounds per game.
The Demon Deacons are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Cavaliers are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 home games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win. The under is 4-1 in Demon Deacons last 5 overall. The over is 4-1-1 in Cavaliers last 6 Saturday games.
I’ve backed the Virginia Cavaliers a lot this season, and they continue to get underrated by oddsmakers. However, Virginia still has issues scoring the basketball and that could be an issue against a very talented Wake Forest side. If this game was anywhere but Virginia, Wake Forest is probably favored. Give me the points.