The Miami (FL) Hurricanes will play host to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on Saturday in an ACC showdown. Both schools are hot at the moment, especially #15 Miami, who are on a five-game winning streak. Wake Forest is 17-9 and up to 9-6 in conference play as they’ve rattled off three straight victories against ACC foes. The Hurricanes are 21-5 and 12-4 versus the ACC, and they’ll look to keep rolling at home today against a well-organized Demon Deacons squad.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. Miami Hurricanes Betting Odds
|Wake Forest Demon Deacons||+6.5 (-110)||Over 157 (-110)||+230|
|Miami Hurricanes||-6.5 (-110)||Under 157 (-110)||-275|
Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. Miami Hurricanes Match Details
Fixture: Wake Forest Demon Deacons @ Miami Hurricanes
Date & Time: Saturday, February 18, 2:00 p.m. EDT
Venue: Watsco Center
Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. Miami Hurricanes Key Stats
Wake Forest is a strong offensive team, averaging 109.7 points per 100 possessions, and senior guard Tyree Appleby is the player that makes things click for the Demon Deacons. Appleby leads the team in scoring (18.6 PPG) and dishing (6.2 APG). The Arkansas native is one of the best scorers and playmakers in the ACC, and his supporting cast consists of Damari Monsanto (13.4 PPG), Cameron Hildreth (12.8 PPG), and Andrew Carr (11.3 PPG). Wake Forest has done a great job at limiting turnovers, as they average under 10 per game in conference play. They did suffer a four-game losing streak at the end of January, but they’ve since stepped up on defense and won three straight. Today, they’ll need to slow down Miami’s primary scorers to have a chance at an upset this afternoon.
Miami is one of the best scoring teams in the nation, averaging 114.7 points per 100 possessions. Junior guard Isaiah Wong leads the way with 16.0 points and 3.5 assists, while senior Jordan Miller is right behind him with 15.0 PPG. On the year, the Hurricanes have been extremely efficient, but they’re even better at home, shooting an even 50% in 14 games. As a result, Miami has a perfect 14-0 record at home. Defensively, they have had inconsistencies, but usually, they can outshoot and outscore teams to make up for those issues.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. Miami Hurricanes Betting Prediction
Wake Forest has been playing well, especially against the spread, but on the year, they’ve only gone 4-7 ATS in day games. Meanwhile, Miami is 8-3 ATS in day games, and they’ve covered four of their past five home games. The Demon Deacons should put up a fight, but the Hurricanes’ offense should overwhelm the visitors, who are pretty mediocre on that end of the floor. Back the Hurricanes here to win and cover at home against another ACC school.
Prediction: Miami -6.5 (-110)
Lucas Abrenica’s NCAA Basketball ATS & ML picks this season are 69-54-3 (+91.2 units)