The Utah Utes and Wake Forest Demon Deacons meet Thursday in college basketball action at the TD Arena. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
Utah Utes Betting Preview
The Utah Utes look to remain undefeated on the season. The Utah Utes look for their third straight 3-0 start to the season. The Utah Utes are averaging 91.5 points on 51.6 percent shooting and allowing 59.5 points on 34.4 percent shooting. Cole Bajema is averaging 15 points and 3.5 rebounds, while Branden Carlson is averaging 13.5 points and 5.5 rebounds. Gabe Madsen is the third double-digit scorer and Ben Carlson is grabbing 5.5 rebounds. The Utah Utes are shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc and 69.8 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Utes are allowing 29.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.5 rebounds per game.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons Betting Preview
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons look for a win to get above a .500 record. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons have lost 5 of their last 6 non-home games. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons are averaging 89 points on 48.1 percent shooting and allowing 79 points on 47.2 percent shooting. Cameron Hildreth is averaging 22.5 points and 4 rebounds, while Andrew Carr is averaging 21 points and 8.5 rebounds. Kevin Miller is the third double-digit scorer and Hunter Sallis is grabbing 2 rebounds. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons are shooting 33.9 percent from beyond the arc and 89.7 percent from the free throw line. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons are allowing 36.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.5 rebounds per game.
The Utah Utes are the better, more talented team on paper and are off to a fine start. However, Wake Forest has shown flashes through 2 games and nearly beat Georgia on the road. Wake Forest has two dogs on its roster capable of taking over a game, and the Demon Deacons should have the crowd advantage with this game in South Carolina. Utah is right to be favored, but this is a game Wake Forest could win outright. Give me the points.