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Tennessee vs. Wake Forest - 12/22/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Wake Forest Demon Deacons (6-3) at Tennessee Volunteers (9-1)
Date & Time Saturday December 22, 2018, 12:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Tennessee Volunteers -19.5 -- Over/Under: 146.5
TV Channel
ESPN2
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NCAA BB | Wake Forest Demon Deacons (6-3) at Tennessee Volunteers (9-1)
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The Wake Forest Demon Deacons and the Tennessee Volunteers meet in a college basketball matchup from Thompson-Boling Arena on Saturday afternoon.

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons will be looking to build on back-to-back wins after a 67-63 win over Davidson in their last outing. Jaylen Heard and Brandon Childress tied for the team-high with 16 points with Hoard shooting 7 of 12 with a pair of threes while Childress went just 4 of 10 with 3 triples and a team-high 4 assists. Chaundee Brown added 13 points and a team-high 8 rebounds while Torry Johnson chipped in 10 points with 4 assists of his own to finish off the foursome of double-digit scorers for Wake in the win. Childress leads the Demon Deacons with an average of 16.8 points and 4.3 assists per game while Hoard leads Wake Forest on the glass with 7.4 rebounds per game this season. As a team, wake Forest is averaging 75.2 points per game on 44.8% shooting from the field, 38.4% from behind the arc and 71.6% from the foul line this season.

The Tennessee Volunteers will look to add another notch to the win column after making it 5 in a row with an 83-70 win over Samford in their last outing. Jordan Bone led the Vols with 24 points on 11 of 16 shooting with a pair of threes and 11 assists for the double-double while Admiral Schofield went 8 of 13 with a pair of threes for 18 points along with 7 rebounds and 4 steals. Grant Williams added 16 points with a pair of blocks while Kyle Alexander added 10 points to round out the scoring in double figures for Tennessee in the win. Yves Pons also chipped in a team-high 9 rebounds and 4 assists in the victory for the Vols. Williams leads Tennessee with an average of 19.4 points and 8.3 rebounds per game while Bone leads the Volunteers in assists with 6.3 helpers per game this season. As a team, Tennessee is averaging 84.7 points per game on 49.7% shooting from the field, 35.1% from behind the arc and 71.1% from the foul line this season.

Wake Forest is 3-9 ATS in their last 12 road games and 7-19 ATS in their last 26 games overall while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 non-conference games. Tennessee is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games against the ACC and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 home games while the under is 11-5 in their last 16 non-conference games.

The Demon Deacons are coming into this game fresh off of a pair of solid wins at home, but Wake Forest did lose their lone road game of the season against an average Richmond team, and if the spiders can take down Wake by double digits, I shudder to think what the Vols can do. Tennessee had a bit of a stumble against Samford ATS, but the Vols still won that game by 13 and I expect a much more focused Tennessee team in this game. Add in Wake Forest's form ATS on the road and I think the better option is laying the points with the Volunteers in this spot.

Pick:
Tennessee -19.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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