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Demon Deacons open as college hoops underdog vs Panthers

Wake Forest Demon DeaconsPittsburgh Panthers
11-4January 11, 2014, 12:00 | Petersen Events Center14-1

The Pittsburgh Panthers will hit the floor running against the visiting Wake Forest Demon Deacons Saturday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.

This season, the Panthers are 14-1 overall and 5-6-1 ATS, while the Demon Deacons are 11-4 and 6-5 ATS. As for the totals, Pittsburgh boasts a 8-3-1 on the OU, and Wake Forest is 3-7.

View Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs Pittsburgh Panthers Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 13.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Panthers at No. 10 and the Demon Deacons at No. 74 heading into this contest.

In their last action, Wake Forest was a 74-51 loser on the road against Virginia. They failed to cover the 12-point spread as underdogs. Wake Forest was run off the court by the Cavaliers on Wednesday as Virginia routed them 74-51 at John Paul Jones Arena.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Pittsburgh's No. 75 nationally ranked offense (76.87 points per game) against a Demon Deacons defense that sits as the No. 85 at 67.4 PPG. The Panthers have been averaging 48.34% from the field, more than the Demon Deacons have managed so far this season (44.69% on average).

A few Demon Deacons at Panthers trends to consider:
Wake Forest is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Wake Forest's last 5 games
Wake Forest is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Wake Forest is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 14-1 SU in its last 15 games
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Wake Forest home to North Carolina State, Wednesday, January 15th
Pittsburgh at Georgia Tech, Tuesday, January 14th