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#639 Virginia Tech -3.5 vs.
#640 Wake Forest 139
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 9:00pm EST
Written by Blake V.



#639 Virginia Tech
#640 Wake Forest University


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Virginia Tech has won six of its last seven games and two of its first three ACC games. The Hokies are coming off a 72-58 win against North Carolina State and will be taking on Wake Forest in a road bout on Tuesday night. The Demon Deacons are 8-7 and are coming off double-digit losses to No. 10 Florida State and No. 2 Duke.

Hokies feature young lineup

Virginia Tech has responded well from a 65-39 blowout loss to No. 19 Virginia. The Hokies picked up a 67-63 road win at Syracuse last Tuesday to grab their second conference win of the season. Syracuse led the game by six points at halftime, but Virginia Tech stormed back to win the game by four points. The Hokies went on a 21-4 run in the second half. Virginia Tech had a more complete performance on Saturday, jumping out to a 40-33 halftime lead against North Carolina State. The Hokies controlled the second half in similar fashion, outscoring the Wolfpack by seven points following intermission.

The Hokies are led by freshman phenom Landers Nolley II, who is the only player in double figures for Virginia Tech. Nolley has made an immediate impact, scoring 17.9 points per game from his wing position. He is the best outside shooter on the team, making 45 of 111 attempts for a 40.5 percent clip. Nolley is grabbing 5.8 rebounds and is dishing out 2.5 assists per game. Freshman guard Nahiem Alleyne is scoring 9.1 points per game and freshman guard Tyrece Radford is adding 8.4 per contest. Radford is the team’s leading rebounder, pulling down 6.1 boards per outing. Junior guard Wabissa Bede is the top distributor, dishing out 6.3 assists per game.

Wake Forest could be without Brown again

Wake Forest enters Tuesday’s game on a two-game losing streak, which came on the heels of a three-game winning streak. The Demon Deacons picked up wins against No. 23 Xavier, North Carolina A&T and Pittsburgh before losing to No. 10 Florida State and No. 2 Duke. Wake Forest kept the game close with the Seminoles, using an 11-0 run early in the second half to grab the lead. Florida State pulled away down the stretch to win its seventh game in a row. Duke had no problems with Wake Forest, jumping out to a 49-23 lead and slightly outscoring them in the second half to cover the spread.

The Demon Deacons are led by senior guard Brandon Childress, who is scoring 14.9 points per game and is dishing out a team-high 4.6 assists per game. Childress was held scoreless against Duke. Junior guard Chaundee Brown is scoring 13.3 points per game and is grabbing 6.5 rebounds per game, but he missed Saturday’s game with a leg injury and is listed as doubtful for Tuesday’s contest. Junior center Olivier Sarr is also in double figures, scoring 12.4 points per game and grabbing 9.1 rebounds per game. Senior guard Andrien White is the team’s leading 3-point shooter, making 20 of 52 from beyond the arc.

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Oddsmakers are hesitant to release a line for this game due to Brown’s injury. His absence completely changed the dynamic of Wake Forest’s offense against Duke and allowed the Blue Devils to hone in on Childress. If Brown is able to go on Tuesday, I think the Demon Deacons are the pick. Virginia Tech has a very young team that will be going on the road to face a team that is desperate for a win. Childress tends to bounce back with a big offensive performance after a bad game, so I expect him to do that on Tuesday. If Brown is out, this game is probably a pass.

Prediction: Wake Forest

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I have to take the under for this game given the information available. Brown is doubtful, and Wake Forest’s offense has been completely different when he is unable to play. Virginia Tech is also a major under team, with seven of its last eight games going under the number. The total has gone under in four of its last five road games. They are one of the slowest teams in college basketball, coming in at No. 315 in KenPom’s adjusted tempo ratings. Due to Brown’s injury situation and the Hokies’ style of play, I am taking the under on Tuesday night.

Prediction: Under

Written By Blake V.

Blake is a lifelong sports fan and hoops junkie. Prior to joining our team at Winners & Whiners and StatSalt, Blake worked for several newspapers and websites. He enjoys combining his beat writing expertise with the knack for finding the winning edge in a matchup. Remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.