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Wake Forest (19-5) vs. NC State (10-14)

Wake Forest travels to Raleigh to face NC State for a 7:00 p.m. tip. Wake Forest is 19-5 overall, 4-3 on the road this season. The Demon Deacons are currently in 3rd place in the ACC with a 9-4 conference record. NC State holds a 10-14 overall record, 7-7 at home. The Wolfpack are 14th in the ACC with a 3-10 conference record. This will be their first matchup against each other this season.

Wake Forest Analysis

Wake Forest has had a tremendous season so far, winning 8 of their last 10 games. They struggled on the road earlier this season, but are 3-1 in their last 4 road games. Wake Forest ranks 26th in the country in points per game with 79.3. The Demon Deacons are also 13th in field goal percentage and have a stout defense that only gives up 69 points per game. Wake Forest holds quality wins over Virginia Tech and swept Florida St.

In addition to being a well balanced team, Wake Forest will have the best player in this game and one of the best players in the nation. Alondes Williams is going to be too much to handle in tonight’s matchup. Williams is averaging 19.8 ppg, 7 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per game.

NC State Analysis

NC State has been extremely inconsistent and struggling to find wins this season. The Wolfpack are on a 4 game losing streak and are 3-12 in their last 15 games. They have also lost 2 straight at home and 1-5 in their last 6 home games. NC State has one quality win against Virginia Tech this season. NC State is 98th in the nation in scoring, but ranks 257th in field goal percentage. On the other side of the ball, they have also struggled.

They rank 321st in scoring defense and field goal percentage defense. They also have difficulty defending the 3 ball.

Betting Trends

  • Wake Forest is 4-0 ats as the favorite in their last 4 games
  • Wake Forest is 6-1 ats in their last 7 games
  • Wake Forest is 5-1 ats in their last 6 Wednesday games
  • NC State is 0-4 ats in their last 4 games as an underdog
  • NC State is 1-7 ats in their last 8 Wednesday games
  • NC State is 1-5 ats in their last 6 games vs a team with a winning record

Final Thought

Wake Forest holds the upperhand in PPG, FG%, Free Throw %, Defensive Ranking, and Rebounding. They will have the best player on the court and have the defensive ability to shut down NC State’s only threat, Dereon Seaborn. The Demon Deacons should have their way with the Wolfpack in this one.

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