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Virginia vs. Wake Forest - 1/22/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Wake Forest at Virginia
Date & Time Tuesday January 22, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location
John Paul Jones Arena
Charlottesville, VA
The Line
Virginia Cavaliers -24.5 -- Over/Under: 132.5
TV Channel
ESPN ACC Network
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Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons will travel to John Paul Jones Arena to take on the 3rd ranked Virginia Cavaliers this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons dropped to 8-9 (1-4 ACC) on the season after being defeated by the 9th ranked Virginia Tech Hokies, 87-71, this past Saturday. Wake Forest had no answers on the defensive end for the high-powered Hokies offense and couldn’t fight back after falling behind by a 64-44 margin with 12:14 left in regulation. Wake Forest shot just 37.5% from the field while allowing Virginia Tech to shoot 56.9% from the field & 42.3% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Demon Deacons was Brandon Childress who had 28 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.

On the season, Wake Forest is averaging 73.2 ppg on 42.1% shooting from the field. The Demon Deacons are averaging 6.4 three-pointers per game on 32.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Wake Forest has been led by Brandon Childress (16.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.8 spg), Jaylen Hoard (14.3 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 1.4 apg), Chaundee Brown (11.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.4 apg), and Isaiah Mucius (7.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg).

Defensively, Wake Forest is allowing their opponents to average 75.0 ppg on 45.9% shooting from the field. The Demon Deacons have a rebound margin of 5.2 and a turnover margin of -1.5.

The Virginia Cavaliers suffered their first loss of the season, dropping to 16-1 (4-1 ACC) on the year, after being defeated by the top-ranked Duke Blue Devils, 72-70, this past Saturday. In a tight back and forth game, Virginia couldn’t fight back after a 6-0 Blue Devils run gave Duke a 67-60 lead with just 1:09 left in regulation. Virginia shot 52.8% from the field, however, struggled from beyond the arc as the Cavaliers went just 3-17 from three-point range. Leading the way for the Cavaliers was DeAndre Hunter who had 18 points, 4 rebounds, and a steal.

On the season, Virginia is averaging 74.0 ppg on 48.4% shooting from the field. The Cavaliers are averaging 8.3 three-pointers per game on 39.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Virginia has been led by Kyle Guy (15.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.1 apg), De’Andre Hunter (14.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.0 apg), Ty Jerome (13.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 4.8 apg, 1.7 spg), and Braxton Key (7.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.2 spg).

Defensively, Virginia is holding their opponents to an average of 52.9 ppg on 37.8% shooting from the field. The Cavaliers have a rebound margin of 6.2 and a turnover margin of 3.5.

The Demon Deacons are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 road games and just 5-17 ATS in their last 22 games vs. ACC opponents. The Cavaliers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 22-8-1 ATS in their last 31 games vs. ACC opponents.

Wake Forest have lost 4 of their last 5 games and has really struggled on both ends of the court this season as they rank just 291st in FG%, 260th in scoring defense, and 285th in defensive FG%. Virginia couldn’t pick up a big road win at Duke, however, the Cavaliers are once again one of the top teams in the country as they come into this game ranked 1st in scoring defense, 5th in defensive FG%, and 30th in rebound margin.

Wake Forest is 0-5 on the road this season and it’s hard to expect the Demon Deacons having any success on the offensive end in this one agianst the tough Cavaliers defense. Virginia is 7-2 ATS at home this season and although this is a big number, I think Virginia bounces back from their first loss of the season with a 25+ point victory over Wake Forest.

Pick:
Virginia Cavaliers -24.5

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