ACC foes will collide when the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (11-8, 2-6 ACC) take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (9-10, 2-7 ACC) at Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center. Action gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, and it can be seen on ACC Network.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Notre Dame Fighting Irish Odds Preview
The Demon Deacons lost a close one to the Virginia Cavaliers in their last outing, 65-63. Wake Forest’s Isaiah Mucius finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds in the game. Virginia had an offensive rebounding percentage of 40.9 (above their season average of 28.6). Wake Forest, on the other hand, did a fantastic job of making free throws (21-24; 87.5 percent).
In the Fighting Irish’s last game, they were beaten by the No. 5 Florida State Seminoles, 85-84. Prentiss Hubb was the top scorer from either team with 24 points on 7-for-16 shooting. Florida State had a better offensive rebounding percentage (35.3 vs. 31.3). Notre Dame, meanwhile, did a great job of getting and making free throws (22-27; 81.5 percent).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. The Demon Deacons won the sole game played against each other last season, 75-68. The Demon Deacons dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a fantastic offensive rebounding percentage of 34.4 and a superb effective field goal percentage of 0.566. The Fighting Irish were 20.0 and 0.529, respectively, for those same stats.
The high-octane offense of Notre Dame (58th in the country with an offensive efficiency of 108.9) will square off against the porous defense of Wake Forest (274th in the NCAA with a defensive efficiency of 103.0). The Fighting Irish should have the edge on that end of the court. Additionally, the Demon Deacons rank third in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.316), while the Fighting Irish rank first in opponents’ FTA rate (0.125).
Wake Forest at Notre Dame Odds Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Notre Dame, ATS Winner – Notre Dame, O/U – Over
The Fighting Irish rank 39th in steals allowed per game (5.5) while the Demon Deacons rank 187th (7.9).
Notre Dame ranks 50th in blocks per game (4.3) while Wake Forest ranks 149th (2.8).
Notre Dame ranks 11th in three pointers attempted per game (28.9) while Wake Forest ranks 238th (18.4).
The Fighting Irish rank seventh in assists per game (17.6) while the Demon Deacons rank 193rd (12.2).
Wake Forest averages 38.4 rebounds per game, which ranks 66th in the country. Notre Dame ranks 248th in rebounds allowed per game (38.7).
The Fighting Irish have been outscored by an average of 1.4 points in their last five games. For the season, Notre Dame has defeated opponents by an average of 7.8 points.
During their last five games, the Demon Deacons have scored an average of 68.0 points per game (4.0 below their season average) and allowed an average of 73.6 points per game (1.0 above their season average).