Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Clemson Tigers Pick and Preview
- Updated: January 17, 2009
NCAA Betting Preview
Wake Forest Demon Deacons (15-0) at Clemson Tigers (16-0)
Saturday, 3:30PM Eastern
Bookmaker.com betting line –
Little John Coliseum will be the site that hosts a pair of undefeated teams when the #10 Clemson Tigers host the #2 Wake Forest Demon Deacons. If you had to guess which two teams in the ACC would be undefeated at this point in the season, it probably would not have been Wake Forest or Clemson. However, both ball clubs have been impressive especially the Demon Deacons who took down North Carolina and currently appear among the nation’s very best. Clemson has a chance to earn a lot more respect. Despite being undefeated, Clemson has yet to play any of the ACC’s best. The Tigers will get that chance this Saturday along with opportunity to grab a lot of national attention if they can beat Wake Forest.
Wake Forest owns one of the best scoring teams in America averaging a 4th best 85 points per game. The Demon Deacons also sport the number 3 ranked shooting club in the nation knocking down over 51% of their shots as a team. Wake Forest presents many different threats on the court that give opponents a hard time to defend. The Demon Deacons offensive weapons start primarily around the play of sophomore guard Jeff Teague. Teague is averaging slightly over 20 points per game this season and that includes 31 points on average in the last 3 outings. The Wake Forest inside presence is not too bad either. James Johnson and Al-Faroug Aminu both nearly average double-doubles with 13 points per game and over 8 rebounds. Wake Forest looks to continue their strong early season dominance with another convincing victory when they travel to Clemson on Saturday.
Clemson was predicted to be a vastly improved team in the ACC this season, but nobody expected a 16-0 start by the Tigers. Clemson ranks 16th in the country in field goal percentage as the Tigers have knocked down 49% of their shots on the year. Clemson has been lifted by the play of Trevor Booker. The big junior is averaging 15.1 points per game while adding a strong 9.1 rebounds. K.C Rivers and Terrence Oglesby are two more guys that average double figures for the Tigers. Oglesby is a streaky shooter that can be flat out scary when he gets hot. These three standouts lead a Clemson team that is averaging a stout 80 points per game against another great offense in what appears to be a fast pace scoring type game. The Tigers look to disprove the public perception that they have yet to defeat a quality team to rest with what would be a huge win over Wake Forest.
What to watch for…
Keep an eye on the transition game from one side of the court to the other. Both teams like to score quickly. Wake Forest moves the ball down court and scores before the defense gets set faster than anyone. The Tigers best bet will be to actually slow the game down and run some set offenses because I do not think they fair well in a run n gun type game against the Demon Deacons.
Pick – Wake Forest
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