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Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs Musketeers College Hoops Game Preview

Wake Forest Demon DeaconsXavier Musketeers
10-2December 28, 2013, 05:00 | Cintas Center9-3

Xavier looks to cover the Musketeers-Demon Deacons pointspread on Saturday and improve its overall 9-3 mark when they host Wake Forest in college basketball wagering action.

The Demon Deacons will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 5-3 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Musketeers are 6-4 ATS. Wake Forest is 2-5 against the total, while Xavier is 4-6 versus the number.

View Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs Xavier Musketeers Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting Wake Forest before tip-off in this one found them as 8-point underdogs over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.

This game matches up the No. 48 (Musketeers) and the No. 52 (Demon Deacons) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank.

Wake Forest won its last outing, a 59-51 result against UNC Greensboro on December 21. They failed to cover in that game as a 17.5-point favorite. Devin Thomas scored 12 points leading the Demon Deacons to a 59-51 victory over UNC Greensboro at Joel Coliseum on Saturday.

Last time out for Xavier, they were a 77-74 winner as they battled Alabama on the road. They covered in the match as a 5-point underdog. Xavier earned a 77-74 victory over Alabama on Saturday, getting 17 points from Matt Stainbrook at Coleman Coliseum.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Xavier's No. 126-ranked scoring average of 74.08 PPG, against a Demon Deacons defense rated No. 77 and allowing 66.83 PPG. The Musketeers FG% has averaged 47.46% to date this season, more than the Demon Deacons shooters have managed so far (45.71% per game).

A few Demon Deacons at Musketeers trends to consider:
Wake Forest is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Wake Forest is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
Wake Forest is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Xavier is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Xavier is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Xavier is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games at home

Next up:
Wake Forest home to North Carolina, Sunday, January 5th
Xavier at St. John's, Tuesday, December 31st