ACC foes will battle when the Miami Hurricanes (8-7, 0-3 ACC) meet the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (7-7, 0-2 ACC) at the Watsco Center. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 12, 2019, and it can be seen on ACC Network.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. Miami Hurricanes Odds Preview
The last time the Demon Deacons played, they got blown out by the No. 1 Duke Blue Devils, 87-65. With 13 points on 5-for-11 shooting, Jaylen Hoard was Wake Forest’s high scorer. Duke had an effective field goal percentage of 0.637 (above their season average of 0.550). Wake Forest, meanwhile, had a much better free throw rate (0.262 vs. 0.129).
The Hurricanes are trying to rebound after their 68-62 loss to the No. 13 Florida State Seminoles in their last matchup. With 13 points and nine rebounds, Ebuka Izundu had a solid performance for Miami. Florida State had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (32.4 vs. 22.9). Miami, meanwhile, did a great job of converting from the free throw line (18-22; 81.8 percent).
Second-chance opportunities might be rare for Miami in this showdown. The Hurricanes rank 271st in offensive rebounding percentage (26.2 percent), while Wake Forest ranks 48th in defensive rebounding percentage (75.3 percent). Also, the Demon Deacons are among the NCAA’s elite at getting to the line, ranking fourth in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.336). The Hurricanes, however, rank sixth in opponents’ FTA rate (0.148).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams, after the Hurricanes won the only game last season, 87-81. The Hurricanes dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had an absurd free throw rate of 0.473 and a turnover percentage of 11.2. The Demon Deacons had marks of 0.154 and 15.4, respectively, for those same stats.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Miami Hurricanes ATS Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Wake Forest, ATS Winner – Miami, O/U – Over
Miami averages 13.4 assists per game, which ranks 131st in the NCAA. Wake Forest ranks 207th in assists allowed per game (15.4).
The Hurricanes’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 0.6, down from 6.1 for the season.
During their last five games, the Demon Deacons have scored an average of 72.0 points per game (2.1 below their season average) and allowed an average of 79.2 points per game (4.6 above their season average).