In the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament – the Wake Forest Demon Deacons will take on the Syracuse Orange from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons come into the game with an 11-19 record on the season. The Demon Deacons finished with just 4 conference wins this season, and that was ahead of only Pittsburgh.
The Syracuse Orange are looking to get through round one, and pick up their 20th win of the season. The Orange finished with an 19-12 record on the season and 8-10 in conference play. The Orange should head to the NCAA Tournament if they can avoid losing this game. The Syracuse Orange are -3 over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on Tuesday.
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons are coming into the game fresh off back to back losses, and overall, they have dropped 6 out of their last 8 games. The Demon Deacons during that time beat Georgia Tech and Pittsburgh. Wake Forest is one of the lowest scoring teams in the ACC with 73.6 points per game. On the defensive side, they are allowing 74.4 points per game.
The top scorer this season for Wake Forest has been Bryant Crawford. He is scoring 16.7 points per game, which is one of three players with double digits per game. Keyshawn Woods and Doral Moore are the next two guys with a combined 23.3 points per game. Wake Forest will most likely not reach the NCAA Tournament, which would have been their 24th trip.
Orange Need Another Win
The resume for the Syracuse Orange could use another win on it. Losses to North Carolina, Duke and Boston College had many wondering about the Orange tournament chances. A win over Clemson really helped their cause. Now, they need to avoid a bad loss to the Demon Deacons. Syracuse is 308th in all of College Basketball in scoring with 67.6 points per game.
The top scorer for the Orange this season has been Tyus Battle. The guard is scoring 20 points per game. He is one of three guys for Coach Boeheim’s team scoring double digits per game. Frank Howard and Oshae Brissett are next with nearly 30 per game, combined.
Syracuse Avoids Disaster
The Syracuse Orange are going to avoid a disaster in this game. Syracuse need wins, and they have the ability to play well enough to win this game. Wake Forest is too turnover prone, and simply do not score enough. Look for Syracuse to put the clamps down on the defensive end, which allows them to win the game. The final bet for Tuesday is the Syracuse Orange -3 over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.
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