Syracuse at Wake Forest: 1/8/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

Syracuse at Wake Forest: 1/8/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Wake Forest Demon Deacons (12-3) vs Syracuse Orange (7-7)

Game Info: Saturday, January 8, 2022 at 2:00 pm (Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum)

Betting Odds: Wake Forest Demon Deacons -4 -- Over/Under: 154.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Syracuse Orange and Wake Forest Demon Deacons face off on Saturday in an ACC college basketball showdown at the LJVM Coliseum. When these two teams faced off in February of 2020 it was Syracuse that won 75-73. 

Syracuse comes into this game with a 7-7 record and they have been one of the most inconsistent teams in all of college basketball. In the last game against Miami, Syracuse scored 87 points but their defense gave up 88 points and that led to the one point defeat. Syracuse is averaging 78.9 points while their defense is giving up 76.5 points per game. Guard Buddy Boeheim has been the top player for Syracuse averaging 18.7 points while shooting 41 percent from the field and 33 percent from deep. In this game Syracuse is going to need the defense to be better or it could be a long game for the Orange.

On the other side of this matchup is the Wake Forest Demon Deacons who sit with a 12-3 record and they looked quite impressive in the last game. The defense was elite giving up 54 points and that led to the 22 point victory. Wake Forest is averaging 80.2 points while their defense is giving up 68.3 points per game. Alondes Williams has been the top player for Wake Forest averaging 20.1 points while shooting 54.7 percent from the field and 32.1 percent from behind the three point line. There are three different players who are averaging at least 12 points per game. In this game look for Syracuse to push the pace and make life tough on the Syracuse defense. 

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The over is 52-23-1 in Syracuse’s last 76 road games. 

These are both teams who can really score, but the big difference between these two teams is the defense. This is a Wake Forest team that held Florida State to only 54 points in the last game, and they are going to lock down in this game. Syracuse’s offense is going to struggle against Wake Forest’s defense and that is going to be the difference in this game. Back Wake Forest to come away with a cover of the spread.

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Shane’s Pick Wake Forest -4

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