Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Demon Deacons versus the Cavaliers? Tip off is at at 12:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN2. The game will be played at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, VA. This Atlantic Coast conference matchup has an over/under of 130.5 points, and Virginia is favored to win by -3 at home vs. Wake Forest.

WAKE FOREST DEMON DEACONS VS VIRGINIA CAVALIERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Virginia Cavaliers -3

This game will be played at John Paul Jones Arena at 12:00 ET on Saturday, February 17th.

WHY BET THE VIRGINIA CAVALIERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Cavaliers.
  • Not only will Virginia pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -3.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 130.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Does Wake Forest Have What it Takes on the Road?

Wake Forest comes into this game with a record of 16-8 and an 8-5 record in the ACC. They have struggled on the road this season, going just 2-6 compared to their 14-2 record at home.

Over their last 10 road games, the Demon Deacons have gone just 3-7, including a 1-4 record in their last five. Most recently, they fell to Duke by a score of 77-69.

Against the spread, Wake Forest has a record of 12-11-1 this season. On the road, they have gone 2-6 vs. the spread. As the underdog, the Demon Deacons are just 1-6 vs. the spread this year. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, Wake Forest is only 2-8 vs. the spread.

So far this season, the over/under record in Wake Forest games sits at 14-10. The average over/under line in their games is 148.1 and today’s line of 130.5 is lower than any of their previous lines this season. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 146 points and their over/under record during that stretch is 1-2. On the year, 22 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line.

Coming off their recent game, the Wake Forest offense tallied 69 points in a matchup against Duke. Their field goal percentage for the game was 39.1%, and they made 6 threes. Leading the team in scoring was Hunter Sallis with 22 points. Andrew Carr also added 12 points for the Demon Deacons.

At present, the Demon Deacons’ defense is nationally ranked 134th, allowing 70.7 points per game. In today’s game vs. Virginia, the Wake Forest defense will be looking to do a better job avoiding putting opponents on the line. In their last game, Wake Forest made 18 free-throws vs. the Demon Deacons.

Can Virginia Grab a Win at Home?

Virginia has been dominant at home this season, going 15-1 with an average scoring margin of +15.9 points per game. The Cavaliers have won four straight games on the road, but their average scoring margin away from home is -8.1 points per game.

Overall, Virginia is 19-6 this season, including a 10-4 mark in Atlantic Coast Conference play. The Cavaliers are favored by three points against Wake Forest, and they are 17-3 this season when favored.

As the favorite, Virginia has gone 12-7-1 against the spread this season. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Cavaliers have a mark of 6-3-1 vs. the spread. At home this year, Virginia is 10-5-1 ATS.

Virginia’s over/under record this season is 12-13 and the average point total in their games is 124. Today’s over/under line of 130.5 is higher than the average OU line in their games (126.8). So far, 16 of their games have finished with less points than today’s OU line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total is 129 points.

In their previous game, the Cavaliers’ offense finished with 63 points, which is right in line with their current average of 65.6 points per contest. The team’s top scorer is Reece Beekman, who enters today’s matchup with an average of 14, while Isaac McKneely also carries a PPG average of 12.5 into the game.

At this time, the Cavaliers’ defense is positioned 4th in the country, permitting 58.4 points per game. So far, the Virginia defense is giving up an average of 8.1 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 7.8 times per game (348th).