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Notre Dame vs. Wake Forest - 2/19/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Wake Forest at Notre Dame
Date & Time Tuesday February 19, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Purcell Pavilion
Notre Dame, Indiana
The Line
The Line: Notre Dame -11 -- Over/Under: 139
TV Channel
ESPNU
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The Wake Forest Demon Deacons and Notre Dame Fighting Irish meet Tuesday in college basketball action at the Purcell Pavilion.

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons could use a win after losing 10 of their last 12 games. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons are averaging 68.4 points on 39.6 percent shooting and allowing 75.5 points on 46.7 percent shooting. Brandon Childress is averaging 14.5 points and four assists while Jaylen Hoard is averaging 13.9 points and 8.2 rebounds. Chaundee Brown is the third double-digit scorer and Isaiah Mucius is grabbing 3.7 rebounds. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons are shooting 29.9 percent from beyond the arc and 72.7 percent from the free throw line. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.7 rebounds per game. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons have lost all eight of their road games this season.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish also need a win after losing seven of their last nine games. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are averaging 70.8 points on 40 percent shooting and allowing 69 points on 42.6 percent shooting. John Mooney is averaging 14 points and 11 rebounds while TJ Gibbs is averaging 13.5 points and 3.7 assists. D.J. Harvey is the third double-digit scorer and Rex Pflueger is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are shooting 31.8 percent from beyond the arc and 75.5 percent from the free throw line. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are allowing 34 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.4 rebounds per game. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have lost four of their last six home games.

The Demon Deacons are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games, 6-23 ATS in their last 29 vs. Atlantic Coast and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Fighting Irish are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games, 4-9 ATS in their last 13 vs. Atlantic Coast and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Demon Deacons are 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The under is 8-2 in Fighting Irish last 10 overall. The under is 8-3 in Demon Deacons last 11 overall.

I'm not trying to bet on either one of these teams that are going nowhere fast, and I'm certainly not trying to lay a big number with either side. However, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons come into this game shooting 32.7 percent from the field and losing by an average of 22.6 points in their last five games. On the road this season, Wake Forest is shooting 36.5 percent from the field and losing by an average of 17.6 points. Despite what you may think of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, it's not that bad. You simply can't get behind Wake Forest with those numbers staring you in the face. I wouldn't touch this game with a 10-foot pole, but if forced to pick, I'd have to lay the chalk with the Irish. Backing Wake Forest on the road is a no go. 

Pick:
Notre Dame Fighting Irish -11

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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