The Notre Dame Fighting Irish (18-10, 9-8 ACC) will travel to Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum to go head-to-head with the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (12-15, 5-12 ACC) in their home finale. Action gets underway at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 29, 2020.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons ATS Preview
The last time the Fighting Irish played, they barely escaped the Boston College Eagles, 62-61. John Mooney was the top scorer from either team with 22 points on 9-for-14 shooting. The Fighting Irish had a better free throw rate (0.121 vs. 0.068) and had a better turnover percentage (15.0 vs. 17.5).
The Demon Deacons hope to maintain momentum after beating the No. 7 Duke Blue Devils in their last contest, 113-101. With 25 points on 7-for-9 shooting, Olivier Sarr was the top scorer from either team. Wake Forest played a nearly perfect game. They had a phenomenal free throw rate of 0.544 (above their season average of 0.307) and a turnover percentage of 11.8 (better than their season average of 17.7). Duke was 0.413 and 15.1, respectively, for those same stats.
These two squads have already met once this season. The Fighting Irish won 90-80. The Fighting Irish’s 8.3 turnover percentage was their biggest strength over the Demon Deacons, who had a mark of 15.8. Despite the loss, Brandon Childress was the game’s leading scorer with 24 points.
Wake Forest does a great job at getting to the charity stripe. They rank third in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.318), but Notre Dame is among the best in the NCAA at keeping opponents off the line (ranking first by allowing a FTA rate of 0.131). Additionally, the Fighting Irish rank first in turnover percentage (14.1 percent), while the Demon Deacons rank 334th in opponents’ turnover percentage (16.2 percent).
Notre Dame vs. Wake Forest Free Prediction
Basketball Tip: SU Winner – Wake Forest, ATS Winner – Notre Dame, O/U – Over
The Fighting Irish average 3.9 blocks per game, which ranks 70th in the country. The Demon Deacons rank 151st in blocks allowed per game (3.8).
Notre Dame averages 5.8 steals per game, which ranks 165th in the country. Wake Forest ranks 204th in steals allowed per game (7.4).
Notre Dame ranks 11th in three pointers attempted per game (28.4) while Wake Forest ranks 248th (18.8).
The Demon Deacons average 38.1 rebounds per game, which ranks 60th in the NCAA. The Fighting Irish rank 268th in rebounds allowed per game (38.6).
Notre Dame ranks eighth in assists per game (16.7) while Wake Forest ranks 182nd (12.3).
The Demon Deacons have outscored opponents by an average of 0.6 points in their last five games. For the season, Wake Forest has lost by an average of 0.6 points.
During their last five games, the Fighting Irish have scored an average of 67.0 points per game (7.6 below their season average) and allowed an average of 70.4 points per game (1.6 above their season average).