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2023 NCAA Basketball Handicapping Demon Deacons vs. Syracuse
- (18-13) Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. Syracuse Orange (17-14)
- Date: Wednesday, March 8th
- Time: 12:00 ET
- Venue: Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro
- CBB Moneyline Odds: Demon Deacons N/A | Orange N/A
- NCAAB Betting ATS Odds: Wake Forest -2.0 | Syracuse +2.0 (Bet Now!)
- CBB Betting Total: O/U 154.0
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Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Wake Forest took a loss just four days ago when they visited the Orange in Syracuse, losing by 9. Although, home court advantage in college basketball has been all the rage this year, so we can give just a little break to the Deacs.
Even so, they’re not playing their best basketball at the moment, losing 4 of their last 5 contests. This is the time of year when you want to be rounding into shape and preparing for a run.
At a pedestrian 18-13 and a 91st ranking in KenPom, expectations have to be tempered.
Demon Deacons Offense
Tyree Appleby leads an offense that rates out decently in both KenPom and efficiency metrics (60th).
Additionally, this is a team that relies on the long ball; 37.2% of their points scored are from 3, the 27th highest mark in the country. What’s more, they’ll need to beat Syracuse’s zone that held them to 10-39 (25.6%) from deep in their first last outing.
On the positive side, we should expect some positive regression back to the mean. On the season, the Deacs average 36.6% as a team from behind the arc.
Like their opponent, Syracuse has struggled lately, also dropping 4 of their last 5. The offense has struggled to keep up with opponents and as I pointed out in my last article on them, they turn the ball over at an alarming rate.
Jesse Edwards posted 20 points and 20 rebounds against the Deacs just 4 days ago, and will look to be a problem again here.
Rumors have been pervasive over the last few months that Boeheim may retire after the season. Do they have enough for one last run?
Contrarily, maybe the offense hasn’t had trouble keeping up, their defense is just failing. During their 4-game skid, the Orange allowed 90.8 ppg! No offense is going to be able to keep up with that sieve-like effort.
Further, the Orange have been abused from 3-point land, allowing opponents to average 34.4% (205th). In years past, Syracuse has employed a zone in lieu of running man defense, primarily because zone is far more switchable and allows you to tailor to your opponent.
Suffice to say, the zone has not done it’s job in forcing tough shots and great ball movement to get open looks.
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Wake Forest vs. Syracuse CBB Betting Trends
- Wake Forest is 8-9 ATS as a favorite, covering by an average of 0.1 points
- Also, the Demon Deacons are 19-11-1 to the over, covering on average by 4.7 points
- Syracuse is 4-6-2 ATS as an underdog, failing to cover by an average of 3.8 points
- Finally, the Orange hit the over 58% of the time, by an average of 3.5 points
Free Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. Syracuse Orange CBB Betting Pick:
Free Spread Prediction: Wake Forest -2
Plenty of points are expected in this affair, with the total sitting at 153.0. Wake can hit from deep and Syracuse’s defense has struggled mightily in recent weeks.
This is ideally a live bet on the total, but since we’re going with a pre-game pick, I like the Deacs to return to shooting form and down the Orange.
Free Wake Forest vs Syracuse Betting Pick: WF -2
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