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Virginia vs Wake Forest Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 21st Betting Odds

Cavaliers vs Demon Deacons Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Virginia Cavaliers at Wake Forest Demon Deacons
  • Where: Winston-Salem at Lawrence Joel Coliseum
  • Date: Saturday, January 21st
  • Betting Odds: Virginia -3, VIR -158 | WAKE +130 O/U 135.0

Cavaliers Preview:

The Virginia will take the floor in today’s game in the middle of a 4 game win streak and have an overall record of 14-3. So far, the Cavaliers have played 5 games on the road, with a record of 3-2. This season, Virginia has been favored to win in 14 games, sitting with a mark of 12-2. For today’s contest, Virginia has a betting line set -3 points in their favor.

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Virginia will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Armaan Franklin who is averaging 12.12 points per game for the Cavaliers. Franklin is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Cavaliers’ offensive game plan is the play of Kihei Clark who has hit 44.1% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 11.53 points per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Virginia this season, as they are currently ranked 431st in college basketball at 62.6 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Cavaliers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 32.2%, placing them 358th in the NCAA.

Demon Deacons Preview:

Wake Forest heads into this matchup having played 19 games and have an overall record sitting at 14-5. Currently, the Demon Deacons have been the home team 12 times, sitting with a record of 11-1. So far, the Demon Deacons have been the underdog 6 times, going 3-3 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +3 underdogs on the spread.

Wake Forest’s leading scorer this season is Tyree Appleby, who is averaging 18.11 points per contest. So far, Appleby has accounted for 23.24% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.11 rebounds per game and 6.05 assists. Cameron Hildreth is the second leading scorer for the Demon Deacons, averaging 13.11 points per game. Between him and Hildreth, they are accounting for 40.1% of the team’s scoring.

Wake Forest comes into today’s matchup vs Virginia, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 79.5 points per game. Through 19 games, they have hit 48.8% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Demon Deacons have preferred to slow the game down, ranking 316th in possessions per game.

Free Spread Prediction: Virginia Cavaliers -3

Going into this matchup between the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and Virginia Cavaliers our college basketball statistical model recommend taking Virginia to not only win but cover the spread. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the line set at -3 in favor of the Cavaliers. Although the school doesn’t have the strongest record vs the spread on the road of late (4-6), our model shows the Cavaliers’ defense doing a good job taking away Wake Forest’s ability to knock down 3’s at their usual rate. In this spot, we will be getting our wager on Virginia laying the points.

 


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