Xavier favored by 2.5 against Wake Forest on Wednesday
Xavier Musketeers vs Wake Forest Demon Deacons Odds
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons will be trying to slam the Xavier Musketeers on Wednesday when the teams tip off at Joel Coliseum in college betting action.
The Demon Deacons are 6-5 so far on the season, and 5-4 ATS vs. the number. The Musketeers, meanwhile, are 7-5 and 5-5 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Wake Forest go 5-2 and the Musketeers go 4-6 on the totals.
College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the Wake Forest Demon Deacons as 2.5-point underdogs in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under at the sportsbook.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 234-rated Demon Deacons and the No. 95-ranked Musketeers, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 71-68 result in favor of the Musketeers.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Wake Forest's No. 116 nationally ranked offense (70.8 points per game) against a Musketeers defense that sits as the No. 72 at 60.9 PPG. The Demon Deacons have been averaging 46.2% from the field, less than the Musketeers have managed so far this season (47.1% on average).
Defensively, Xavier features the nation's No. 32-rated defense on the road, allowing 60.6 points per game. Wake Forest, meanwhile, comes in at No. 205 nationally in scoring at home.
Xavier lost its last outing, a 51-47 result against Tennessee on December 29. They covered in that game as a 6.5-point underdog. Xavier got 12 points from Travis Taylor but lost anyway, 51-47, to Tennessee on Saturday at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Wake Forest was an 84-70 winner in their most recent outing on the road against UNC Greensboro. They covered the 1-point spread as favorites. Travis McKie scored 19 points leading the Demon Deacons to an 84-70 victory over UNC Greensboro at Greensboro Coliseum on Saturday.
Xavier Musketeers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing Temple are 9-1
After playing Tennessee are 1-1
After a loss are 8-2
Wake Forest Demon Deacons Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Duke are 6-4
After playing UNC Greensboro are 3-1
After a win are 2-8
A few Musketeers at Demon Deacons trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Xavier's last 12 games on the road
Wake Forest is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home
Wake Forest is 8-15 SU in its last 23 games
Xavier home to Temple, Thursday, January 10
Wake Forest at Duke, Saturday, January 5