Duke vs Wake Forest Betting Preview
After failing to cover a big spread against Wake Forest earlier in the month the Duke Blue Devils will try again on Wednesday night as those ACC schools hit the floor in Winston-Salem.
Duke got past Wake Forest 80-62 back on January 5, but they failed to cover the big 22.5-point spread at the sportsbooks. The Blue Devils are 6-0 SU in their past six games against Wake Forest, but the Deacons are 3-0 ATS in their past three matchups.
The Demon Deacons sit at 10-9 (11-6 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Blue Devils are currently 17-2 (11-8 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Wake Forest is 8-7 OU, and Duke is 10-9 OU.
Bettors looking to side with Wake Forest in this one found them as 12.5-point underdogs earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 209-ranked Demon Deacons and the No. 11-rated Blue Devils in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 85-68 win for the Blue Devils on Wednesday.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Blue Devils rank No. 113 in NCAA Division 1 with 36.5 per game. That compares with Wake Forest’s No. 228 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Wake Forest is college basketball's No. 264-ranked team at 5.2 per game, while the Blue Devils rate No. 42 with 7.8 per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Duke owns the country's No. 341-rated mark, allowing 81.7 points per game on the highway. Wake Forest, on the other hand, rates No. 186 in scoring at home.
Duke was an 84-64 winner in its last match at home against Maryland. They covered the 11.5-point spread as favorites. The battle between the Blue Devils and Terrapins didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Maryland was handed an 84-64 defeat on Saturday at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
In their last action, Wake Forest was an 82-62 loser on the road against Georgia Tech. They failed to cover the 6.5-point spread as underdogs. Wake Forest was run off the court by the Yellow Jackets on Saturday as Georgia Tech routed them 82-62 at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.
Duke Blue Devils Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 8-2
Before playing Florida State are 9-1
After playing Maryland are 8-2
After a win are 8-2
Wake Forest Demon Deacons Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 10-0
Before playing Maryland are 4-6
After playing Georgia Tech are 2-8
After a loss are 5-5
A few Blue Devils at Demon Deacons trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Duke's last 5 games on the road
Duke is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games on the road
Wake Forest is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Wake Forest's last 6 games when playing Duke
Wake Forest is 7-14 ATS in its last 21 games when playing Duke
Wake Forest is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Duke
Duke at Florida State, Saturday, February 2
Wake Forest at Maryland, Saturday, February 2