Wake Forest at Virginia: 1/15/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions
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Virginia Cavaliers (10-6) vs Wake Forest Demon Deacons (13-4)
Game Info: Saturday, January 15, 2022 at 4:30 pm (John Paul Jones Arena)
Betting Odds: Virginia Cavaliers -2.5 -- Over/Under: 128.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Wake Forest Demon Deacons and Virginia Cavaliers face off on Saturday in a college basketball showdown at the John Paul Jones Arena. When these two teams faced off in January of 2021 it was Virginia that won 70-61.
Wake Forest comes into this game with a 13-4 record overall and they have gone 9-8 against the spread. In the last game against Duke the offense could only manage 64 points and that led to the 12 point defeat. The Demon Deacons like to push the pace and they are averaging 79.1 points per game while their defense is giving up 69.1 points per game. Guard Alondes Williams has been the top player for Wake Forest averaging 20.7 points while shooting 54.8 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from deep.
On the other side of this matchup is the Virginia Cavaliers who sit with a 10-6 record overall and they have gone 7-9 against the spread. In the last game against Virginia Tech the defense was strong giving up only 52 points and that led to the two point victory. Virginia is averaging 62.7 points while their defense is giving up 58.4 points per game. Forward Jayden Gardner has been the top player for the Cavaliers averaging 14.3 points while shooting 55.2 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from behind the three point line. In this game if Virginia wants to win this game the defense is going to need to be good.
Virginia is 1-5 against the spread in their last six games following a straight up win. The Cavaliers are 1-4 against the spread in their last five games against a team with a winning percentage above .600. The under is 5-0-1 in the Demon Deacons last 6 games as a road underdog of 0.5-6.5.
The Demon Deacons offense wasn’t great in the last game and they are going to struggle to score against Virginia. I wouldn’t be shocked if Wake Forest finishes with under 50 points, and that will be enough for Virginia to get the job done. Back the Cavaliers to win this game and cover the spread.