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Wake Forest vs Virginia Basketball Picks 1-13-24

Virginia Cavaliers (11-4) vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (11-4)
January 13, 2024 2:00 pm EDT
The Line: Wake Forest Demon Deacons -5; Over/Under: +133
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The Virginia Cavaliers and the Wake Forest Demon Deacons meet in college basketball action from the Lawrence Joel Veteran Memorial Coliseum on Saturday afternoon. Two 11-4 teams square off in ACC conference action, who gets win #12? Let’s dive in and find out with our Virginia vs. Wake Forest Prediction.

Virginia Team Preview

The Virginia Cavaliers come into this one looking to bounce back from a 76-60 loss at the hands of NC State last time out. Reece Beekman leads the Cavaliers in scoring with 12.9 PPG as well as 6 APG to lead the Cavaliers in the assist department on the year. Isaac McKneely has 11.9 PPG as the only other double-digit scorer for Virginia so far this season while Ryan Dunn has 9.9 PPG with a team-high 6.9 RPG to lead the Cavaliers on the glass up to this point in the year. As a team, Virginia is averaging 66.1 PPG on 45.4% shooting from the field, 35.9% from three and 65.1% from the foul line this season.

Wake Forest Team Preview

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons will be looking to rebound as well after an 87-82 loss to Florida State in their last game. Hunter Sallis leads the Demon Deacons in scoring with 17.9 PPG while Kevin Miller has 17.9 PPG with a team-high 4.1 APG to lead the Demon Deacons in assists. Cameron Hildreth has 16.9 PPG with 3.8 RPG and 2.7 APG and Andrew Carr has 13.3 PPG with a team-high 7.5 RPG to lead the Demon Deacons on the glass while rounding out the group of double-digit scorers for Wake up to this point in the year. As a team, Wake Forest is averaging 81.9 PPG on 47.7% shooting from the field, 37.8% from three and 79.9% from the foul line this season.

Virginia vs. Wake Forest Prediction

I’m on Wake Forest here. I normally could get behind a team like Virginia who has a defense that travels, but the Cavaliers’ offense, or lack thereof, is an issue and I’m not sure they’ll be able to hold down and match Wake Forest in a spot like this. The Demon Deacons were rolling before their loss to Florida State, and I think getting back home in a big spot like this will get Wake Forest right. Give me the Demon Deacons at home here.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Wake Forest -5

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Chris joined the Sports Chat Place team in August 2016 and has a proven system that combines multiple analytical and situational statistics and trends to give out thousands of winning picks over the last three years with winning records across all of the top leagues, Follow Chris Ruffolo on Twitter @ruffthepickdawg

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