Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Tigers vs Demon Deacons CBB Odds
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(8-2) LSU Tigers vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (8-3)
Date: Thursday, December 22, 2016
Time: 9:00 PM ET
Venue: Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Demon Deacons -9.5
CBB Betting Total: Off
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Both of these power conference teams have good record for now. Neither is likely a league contender though.
This will be the first true road game for LSU, that always makes for some intrigue.
Wake if coming off a close loss to Xavier, one of the best teams in the country so maybe they are better than we think.
Last year was supposed to be a breakthrough season for the Tigers with Ben Simmons leading the way. Quite simply it didn’t happen.
This season they are not devoid of talent but the expectations are much lower. Just even being in the conversation for an NCAA bid would be pretty good for this group.
He was overshadowed last year but Antonio Blakeney was another great recruiting get for the program. He leads the team in scoring and that is without shooting it all that well.
Inside they have another freshman from Australia in Duop Reath. He is proving to be an efficient scorer and is coming off back to back 20 point games.
The real dirty work inside is done by senior Craig Victor. He started his career with Arizona and is the team’s top rebounder. He also gives them some edge.
I think LSU can be more towards the middle in the SEC this season. Losing Simmons and others does not make them better but they might not have been ready for that kind of scrutiny.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons
At times Wake has been one of the top programs in the ACC but that was when they had stars like Tim Duncan and Chris Paul.
This season they have John Collins, a powerful big man who has really upped his game as a sophmore, averaging 17ppg and 10rpg. He has had six straight double-doubles so perhaps he has mastered the consistency all programs are looking for in their players.
Point guard Bryant Crawford is another player who has improved his game in his sophomore season. He tied a season high with 20 points in the loss to Xavier.
Wake Forest, playing in the much tougher ACC is a long shot for postseason play. They can’t squander these opportunities to bank wins because soon they will be very hard to come by.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Under is 8-1 in LSU last 9 vs. Atlantic Coast.
- Under is 8-2 in LSU last 10 road games.
- LSU are 25-10 ATS in their last 35 Thu. games.
- Over is 13-3 in WAKE last 16 Thu. games.
- WAKE are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. Southeastern.
- Over is 23-9-1 in WAKE last 33 home games.
Free LSU Tigers vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons NCAAB Prediction:
On a neutral sight this might be an upset possibility but I don’t like the Tigers as much on the road for the first time. They have no coaching edge.
Look for Wake to get up early and put LSU in a spot where they have to foul late. Making those foul shots will be critical to covering.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Wake Forest -9.5
This is not going to be a high value play.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: Wake Forest 80 – LSU 70
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