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College Basketball Betting Odds Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Free Pick

Tuesday college Basketball and we will see the Wake Forest Demon Deacons travel to South Bend, Indiana to take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The game has a start time of 7:00 pm (Eastern) and will be televised on ESPN U. Current Vegas betting odds have Notre Dame listed as 12 point favorites, while the total is set at 146.  

Analysis:  The Demon Deacons have not had a good year, but they have played better of late, winning 3 of their last 5 games and on Saturday that took Virginia to the wire on the road in a 1 point loss. Still they are 12-14 overall and just 4-9 in the ACC. Wake Forest has gone 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 11-4-1 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Demon Deacons have been decent offensive squad, ranking 93rd in scoring (70.7 ppg), 235th in shooting (42.5%), 188th in 3 point shooting (34.0%) and 319th in FT shooting (64.1%). Defensively the Deacons have been poor, ranking 280th in points allowed (70.3 ppg), 250th in defensive FG% (44.2%) and 59th in 3 point defense (31.4%).   

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish shook off a bad 30 point loss at Duke to win a 60-58 game at Clemson last Tuesday night. The win now has Notre Dame sitting at 22-4 for the year overall and in 2nd place in the ACC with an 10-3 mark. At home the Irish have been very good at 15-1 so far. Notre Dame has gone 10-25-1 ATS in their last 36 vs. the ACC and 6-19-2 ATS in their last 27 home games. The Irish have been a very good offensive squad this year, ranking 14th in scoring (79.2 ppg), 2nd in shooting (51.2%), 19th in 3 point shooting (40.0%) and 116th in FT shooting (70.5%). The defense for this team has been rather average, ranking 135th in points allowed (64.9 ppg), 142nd in defensive FG% (42.2%) and 225th in 3 point defense (34.8%).  

Pick: The trends don't really support the Irish, but I will still go with them here. Wake forest will be home during the post season and they just played a very good game vs Virginia, in which they lost by just 1 points. I see a letdown from them here and that is not good when about to take on an Irish team that is 15-1 at home, outscoring their opponents by 21 ppg in the process. I expect the Irish to take this one by at least 15. 

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