Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Pittsburgh Panthers – NCAAM March 2

6:00 p.m. ET – Wake Forest at Pittsburgh (-4.5) O/U:136

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Wake Forest +4½ (-110) +170 O 136 (-110)
Pittsburgh -4½ (-110) -200 U 136 (-110)

The 6-13 Demon Deacons travel to Pittsburgh to take on the 9-10 Panthers on Tuesday night for a battle between two cellar dwellers in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Wake Forest has lost five in a row, most recently in blowout fashion to Virginia Tech on Saturday, 84-46. Pittsburgh, also losers of five straight, lost at North Carolina State on Sunday, 65-62. The line for this game opened with Pittsburgh as 8.5-point favorites but has since been bet all the way down to 4.5.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons LogoThese two teams met back on Jan. 23, when Wake Forest picked up a 76-75 win on its home floor. The Demon Deacons’ leading scorer is guard Davien Williamson, averaging 12.2 points per game. Williamson was held to nine points in the first matchup, although he was able to record eight assists.

Pittsburgh Panthers LogoThe Panthers are led by ACC Player of the Year candidate Justin Champagnie, who leads the team with averages of 18.6 points and 11.4 rebounds per game. Champagnie had 17 points and eight rebounds in the previous matchup and proved to be a problem for the Wake Forest defense.

Which is likely to repeat itself in this contest.

Pittsburgh is playing much more poorly than they were when these teams first met, losing eight of its last 10 games. Wake Forest was able to exploit the Panthers’ poor perimeter defense in the first game, knocking down 15 three-point shots. The Demon Deacons will be ready to go for this game, seeing as it might be their last chance for a win this season.

Please Note:
Pittsburgh is stumbling down the stretch and has the distinct look of a squad that just wants to cross the finish line to end the season. Oddsmakers have been forced to cut this spread in half for a reason, as this is a great spot to back Wake Forest in a game they can win outright. Take Wake and the points just to be safe and watch this one come down to the wire.
The Bets
Wake Forest +4½

*Odds courtesy of MyBookie

Sub Categories:
Joe Menzer / Author

Joe is an award-winning writer and editor who has covered the NBA, NFL, NASCAR, golf, various collegiate athletics and other sports for newspapers, Turner Sports, Fox Sports and ESPN. He has been on the beat for seven Super Bowls, six Daytona 500s and numerous NBA playoff series and All-Star Games. He once was dispatched to Rome, Italy to spend time with an NBA draft choice who opted to play overseas, after which he produced an award-winning series of stories. He also is passionate about fantasy sports and breaking down games in ways that even novice gamblers can use to make their most intelligent wagering decisions.