ACC foes will collide when the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (5-4, 0-1 ACC) challenge the North Carolina State Wolfpack (6-2, 0-1 ACC) at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Action gets underway at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 7, 2019, and it can be seen on ACC Network.
North Carolina State Wolfpack vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons Betting Preview
The last time the Wolfpack played, they defeated the Wisconsin Badgers, 69-54. Jericole Hellems was the top scorer from either team with 23 points on 8-for-13 shooting. The Wolfpack had a turnover percentage of 9.0 (better than their season average of 13.6) and held the Badgers to an effective field goal percentage of 0.420 (below their season average of 0.495).
The Demon Deacons are hoping for a better outcome after their 76-54 loss to the Penn State Nittany Lions in their last matchup. Olivier Sarr was Wake Forest’s high scorer with 14 points on 3-for-9 shooting. Penn State had an offensive rebounding percentage of 42.5 (above their season average of 33.9). Wake Forest, meanwhile, did a terrific job of making free throws (16-22; 72.7 percent).
Each team won one of the two games played against each other last season. In the most recent game, the Wolfpack won 94-74. The Wolfpack dominated every stat category in the game. They had an extraordinary offensive rebounding percentage of 35.0 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.545. For those same stats, the Demon Deacons were 25.0 and 0.432, respectively.
The physical Wake Forest offense looks poised to dominate from the charity stripe. Dating back to last season, the Demon Deacons rank 26th in the NCAA with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.279, while North Carolina State ranks 294th in FTA rate allowed (0.261). Furthermore, the Wolfpack’s 34th-ranked offense (offensive efficiency of 112.1) will go head-to-head against the Demon Deacons’ 322nd-ranked defense (defensive efficiency of 108.0).
North Carolina State at Wake Forest Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – North Carolina State, ATS Winner – North Carolina State, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2018-Present):
The Wolfpack rank 37th in three pointers allowed per game (19.3) while the Demon Deacons rank 176th (22.4).
Wake Forest ranks 48th in rebounds per game (38.5) while North Carolina State ranks 143rd in rebounds allowed per game (34.6).
North Carolina State ranks 58th in assists per game (14.7) while Wake Forest ranks 256th (11.4).
The Wolfpack rank 78th in steals per game (7.3) while the Demon Deacons rank 273rd (4.8).
North Carolina State averages 4.0 blocks per game, which ranks 76th in the NCAA. Wake Forest ranks 228th in blocks allowed per game (4.3).