Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Panthers vs Demon Deacons CBB Odds
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(15-12) Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (15-12)
2017 NCAA Basketball – ACC
Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Demon Deacons -7.5
CBB Betting Total: OFF
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Some think the ACC could land as many as 10 teams in the tournament this season. If so both of these are just below the cut line.
Pitt has some star power but the first season under coach Stallings has not been a smooth ride.
Wake’s biggest star might still be the coach. They have had some nice wins but consistency has been a challenge.
With the Panhers struggling this season there has been a lot of talk about whether the move to the ACC was the right one for the program.
This season they basically have twp 20ppg scorers but are unlikely to finish at even .500 in the league. I wonder if that has ever happened before.
Michael Young is the leading scorer and rebounder on the team but he is more than just a thug in the post. He makes an average of more than one three per game and just shoots 77% from the line. He is one of the best big men in America.
Jamel Artis is a major threat on the wing. I don’t want to say he is a perfect player but there are not a lot of flaws to his game. It is OK to peak as a senior, even in our one and done culture.
Those two lead the way but Cameron Johnson is also a threat, averaging more 12ppg. His shooting has gotten so much better this season.
Pittsburgh may have talent but the seem to be lacking in identity. They should be better than they are this season. I think that has to fall on the coach.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons
The Demon Deacons have had some close results against elite teams this season. The question is whether those are a sign of what’s to come or that they are playing over their heads.
The statement probably has to be broken down into two parts as the roster is kind of John Collins and others. Collins leads the team in scoring and rebounding and could be the best big in the conference. He is expected to leave school and be a top pick this spring.
Bryant Crawford is another sophomore who has improved his numbers from a year ago, though not as dramatically. Still Wake at least has a known quantity in the backcourt with him.
Wake has been good at protecting their home court (9-3 SU) which is one of the first steps on the path back to being relevant, usually.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Panthers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
- Panthers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Atlantic Coast.
- Panthers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games.
- Demon Deacons are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games.
- Demon Deacons are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss.
- Demon Deacons are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games after allowing more than 90 points in their previous game.
Free Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons NCAAB Prediction:
Wake Forest at home makes some sense as the favourite but I was surprised to see the number as high as it was. They are 11-1 SU as a favourite but just 7-5 ATS.
With a couple of seniors coming to a close on their career I like the Panthers to be able to keep this one close on the road.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Pittsburgh +8
Collins vs. Young is a very nice matchup of inside pieces. The winner of that matchup could win the game which makes Pitt a nice underdog consideration.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: Pittsburgh 82 – Wake Forest 80
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