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#837 Wake Forest -3 vs.
#838 Charlotte 141
Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 6:00pm EST
Written by Chris Altruda

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Wake Forest at Charlotte

When and Where: Sunday, Nov. 17, Halton Arena, Charlotte, N.C., 6 p.m. EST.

Having already surprised one in-state rival at home, Charlotte goes for the double Sunday night when it takes on Wake Forest.

Deacons seek first three-game win streak in nearly two years

Wake Forest (2-1) has bounced back since opening the season with a conference loss at Boston College, posting home victories over Columbia and North Carolina-Asheville. The Deacons' output in their 98-79 victory over the Bulldogs on Wednesday night was their highest point total since ringing up 109 in a victory over Army on Dec. 8, 2017.

Chaundee Brown scored a career-high 23 points and pulled down 11 rebounds as Wake shot a scorching 70.2 percent, the second-best mark in school history. Olivier Sarr hit all nine of his shots and finished with 21 points while Brandon Childress added 17 and nine assists as the Demon Deacons totaled 23 assists on their 33 baskets.

The way they were playing us, you give Olivier credit he gave us great juice, he gave us great energy. But our guys did a really good job finding him," coach Danny Manning told the school's official website. "We have to continue to get that kind of action from everybody. For us to shoot 70 percent both halves that outstanding basketball in terms of offense. We have to do a better job of taking care of the basketball, our senior guards had 10 turnovers, we can't have that from them."

Childress, the son of the associate head coach and former standout Wake point guard Randolph Childress, leads the Demon Deacons with 17.3 points and 6.0 assists per game. Brown is chipping in 17 points and 10.7 rebounds per game after recording his third career double-double while shooting 55.2 percent.

Wake Forest has not won three straight games since a six-game run from Nov. 24-Dec. 18, 2017. The Demon Deacons have also won all three games against Charlotte since renewing the rivalry in 2016, including an 80-56 romp last season as Brown had 14 points and Childress added 13.

49ers look to spring second upset after toppling Davidson

After an eight-win season in his first year in charge, Ron Sanchez's concepts appear to be taking hold for the 49ers (1-1). Charlotte is getting balanced scoring as four players are averaging between 11.5 and 13.5 points.

The 49ers' aggressiveness paid off in a 71-58 victory Tuesday night over a Davidson team many pegged as an Atlantic 10 title contender. Drew Edwards scored 16 points while Milos Supica contributed 12 and 10 off the bench for Charlotte, which outrebounded the Wildcats 35-23 and outscored them 15-1 at the foul line to regain possession of the Hornets' Nest Trophy.

"It's important because we need to have success in order for us as a staff to continue to challenge our team," Sanchez explained to the school's official website. "We need the team to see the fruits of their labors. The game itself is encouraging to them because they are growing defensively."

Charlotte's overall defense is a work in progress as opponents have shot 47.8 percent, but the 49ers are at least challenging on the perimeter, limiting teams to 33.3 percent after Davidson connected on 7 of 22 from 3-point range.

Shepherd is second on the team in scoring at 12.5 points per game, with Supica close behind (11.5) to go with a team-best 8.5 boards per contest. Supica had eight points and three rebounds in last season's matchup but fouled out after logging just 19 minutes.

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The feeling is the 49ers will find a way to hang close enough to make this a one-possession game they potentially steal late. Wake's runaway win over NC-Asheville has the feel of an outlier compared to its other two games -- the Bulldogs are allowing opponents to score 84 points per game on 57.1 percent shooting.

Also, after taking three one-sided Ls since renewing this series, Charlotte should be plenty motivated to take the fight to Wake and make this competitive.

Prediction: Charlotte +3.5

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Per Covers.com, the under has gone 4-0-1 in the last five meetings between the teams and is 3-0-1 in Charlotte's last four matchups with ACC teams. The under is also trending with Wake, going 4-1-1 in its last six versus C-USA foes and 5-2 in its last seven non-conference games.

Prediction: UNDER 141.5 points
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Written By Chris Altruda

A 1994 graduate of Marquette University when they were known as the Warriors and Brooklyn native, Chris Altruda is based in Chicago. Prior to joining our team here at Winners & Whiner, he worked at three major U.S. wire services and also has prior experience in sports handicapping and daily fantasy roster building. Now that the Cubs have won a World Series, he holds out hope the Jets will win a Super Bowl before he dies. Follow Chris daily right here at W&W and on Twitter at @AlTruda73. You won’t be disappointed.