Wake Forest vs Virginia Betting Odds and Pick – January 8, 2017


Virginia opened ACC conference play with a whimper, as they posted a 1-2 SU and ATS record in the first week. The Cavaliers look to get back on track when they host Wake Forest, a program they have gone 5-1 SU against in the past six meetings, Sunday.

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  • Virginia needed a late 3-pointer to edge Wake Forest 72-71 last season.
  • Wake Forest is 9-3 ATS in their past 12 games against Virginia.
  • The total has gone OVER in 8 of the past 11 between Virginia and Wake Forest.

Virginia’s defense has been the best in the nation so far this season, but the Cavaliers are sunk if they struggle even slightly on that end of the floor. Virginia has allowed 60-plus points in four games this season and three of those were losses. The team is averaging an abysmal 68.8 ppg and only senior London Perrantes is averaging double-digit points.

This will be the fourth time this season Wake Forest takes on a ranked team and the Demon Deacons have not inspired confidence in the first three. Wake Forest has lost each of their games against ranked teams this season while being outscored by an average of 13 ppg. Josh Collins is the guy to stop for Virginia, as the Wake Forest sophomore leads his team in points, rebounds, shooting percentage and blocks.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to side with the Virginia Cavaliers to cover the point spread in this one found them as -12-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs Virginia Cavaliers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Virginia Cavaliers sit at 11-3 (8-5 ATS) on the college basketball season. By comparison, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons are currently 10-5 (8-7 ATS). Looking to bet on the total points scored? Virginia is 5-8 OU, and Wake Forest is 7-7-1 OU.

This college basketball game matches up the No. 45 (Virginia) and the No. 58 (Wake Forest) teams in the league, according to our current NCAA basketball power rankings.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Wake Forest Demon Deacons rank No. 113 in NCAA Basketball Division 1 with 37.6 per game. That compares with Virginia’s No. 238 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Virginia is college basketball’s No. 195-ranked team at 6.57 per game, while the Wake Forest Demon Deacons rate No. 82 with 8.4 per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Demon Deacons got 17 points from John Collins as Wake Forest ran past Boston College 79-66 on Tuesday at Joel Coliseum.

London Perrantes scored 16 points in a futile effort to lead the Cavaliers to a win (they lost 88-76 to Pittsburgh at Petersen Events Center on Wednesday).

Betting Trends
  • Wake Forest is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Wake Forest is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Wake Forest’s last 5 games
  • Wake Forest is 4-13 SU in its last 17 games on the road
  • Virginia is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Virginia is 19-5 SU in its last 24 games
  • Virginia is 22-3 SU in its last 25 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Virginia’s last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Wake Forest home to North Carolina, Wednesday, January 11th
Virginia at Clemson, Saturday, January 14th


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