The Virginia Tech Hokies could get back to the Top 25 if they beat the lowly Wake Forest Demon Deacons on the road this coming Sunday. The Demon Deacons, on the other hand, aren’t just looking to pull off an upset but also a win in conference play, which they have yet to notch this season.
Betting Preview for the Virginia Tech Hokies vs Wake Forest Demon Deacons NCAA College Basketball Game on January 17 2021
Where: Lawrence Joel Coliseum
When: Sunday, January 17, 2021, 6:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ACC NETWORK
Betting on the Virginia Tech Hokies (odds)
Record: 10-2 Overall / 4-1 Conference
Sophomore forward Tyrece Radford dropped a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds to help the Hokies score a mild home upset win over the No. 19 Duke Blue Devils last Tuesday. That’s Virginia Tech’s second straight win and six in seven games. Over that stretch, the Hokies have also defeated the No. 24 Clemson Tigers at home back in December. The Hokies hit 50 percent of their shots against Duke while limiting the Blue Devils to only 40 field goal percentage. With how things are going for the Hokies, they should be able to handle their business against a struggling Wake Forest squad that’s been winless so far in conference play. Virginia Tech is averaging 75.2 points per game this season while allowing 65.1 per contest. Keve Aluma, who scored 17 against Duke, leads the team with 15.6 points per game on 51.6 percent shooting from the floor. Jalen Cone is a big threat from deep, as he’s knocking down over 40 percent of his 3-point shots this season.
Virginia Tech is 6-1 against the spread in its last seven games overall.
Betting on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (odds)
Record: 3-4 Overall / 0-4 Conference
A bad shooting night left the Demon Deacons crumbling to their fourth loss in a row, as they went just 21 of 57 (36.8%) from the floor in a 77-65 home loss to the No. 16 Louisville Cardinals last Wednesday. Daivien Williamson led Wake Forest with 19 points but only shot 6 of 13. Only Ody Oguama shot better than 50 percent for Wake Forest in that game, though the Demon Deacons managed to go 16 of 18 from the foul line. But Wake Forest did show at least one time this season that it can come up with an efficient shooting night against an elite defense when the Demon Deacons made 51 percent of their shots, albeit in a 70-61 road loss to the Virginia Cavaliers on Jan. 9. Speaking of defense, Wake Forest can be stingy in the passing lanes, as the Demon Deacons are sixth in the nation in steals percentage (13.2%) and 18th in steals per game (9.0).
The over is 3-0 in the last three games of Wake Forest, which is scoring 71.7 points per contest.
Virginia Tech wins, 74-55.
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