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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will host the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in an ACC clash Tuesday evening from the Purcell Pavilion. The Demon Deacons were thumped 95-57 by North Carolina on Saturday, and the Fighting Irish were topped 60-54 against Virginia in their previous action. Notre Dame registered a 76-71 road win against Wake Forest in the only meeting last season.
Wake Forest Crushed by Tar Heels in 10th ACC Loss
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons will attempt to avoid their third straight loss after their defensive woes continued in a rough 95-57 home defeat to #8 North Carolina on Saturday. The Demon Deacons have struggled throughout conference play which has resulted in a rough 2-10 ACC record, placing them second last to only Pittsburgh. Wake Forest only posted a 32.8% shooting performance in Saturday’s loss to the Tar Heels, while UNC was able to sink 62% of their field goals. Jaylen Hoard scored a team-high 17 points on a 7 for 9 mark from the field. The freshman forward has shot at least 50% in three out of his last four games, and he is up to 13.9 PPG and 8.2 RPG.
Wake Forest’s top scorer Brandon Childress is coming off a disastrous performance that saw him go 0 for 12 from the field for 0 points. The junior guard has surpassed 20 points twice in conference play, and he is averaging 14.5 PPG on 38% shooting.
The Demon Deacons are currently pegged at 187th overall in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball rankings, and they have yet to win on the road where they stand at 0-8. Wake Forest is struggling offensively, and they are currently averaging 68.4 points, ranking them 285th overall. The Demon Deacons are conceding an average of 75.5 points, placing them down at 274th in the country.
Fighting Irish Competitive in Loss to Virginia
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish enter this one on a losing note after falling 60-54 to #4 Virginia on Saturday in a game that had the Fighting Irish labeled as 16.5 point underdogs. Overall, Notre Dame is having a disappointing season, sitting 11th in the ACC with a 3-9 conference record. The Fighting Irish only shot 34.5% against Virginia, while limiting the Cavaliers to a 37% clip. TJ Gibbs continued his productive play with 17 points on 6 for 14 shooting in Saturday’s loss. The junior guard is 10 for 11 from the free-throw line in his last two games, and he is second in team scoring with 13.5 PPG on 35% shooting.
Fighting Irish’ scoring leader John Mooney continues to make his presence felt, recording a double-double in all but two conference games this season. The junior forward is 8 for 29 from the field in his last two games, and he is posting 14 PPG and 11 RPG on the season.
We are on the cusp…
— Notre Dame MBB (@NDmbb) February 17, 2019
Notre Dame is currently placed at 79th in the country in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball rankings, and they hold an 11-5 record on their home court. The Fighting Irish’ offense has been their biggest weakness this season, averaging only 70.8 points on the season, ranking them 239th in the country. They are holding opponents to 69 points, positioning them 113th in the country.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are:
- 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games against Wake Forest.
- under is 8-2 in their last 10 games overall.
- under is 6-1 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400.
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons are:
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games.
- 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I am taking Notre Dame in this contest. Wake Forest continues to struggle, losing seven out of their last eight games overall, and they only covered the spread once in that span. They are having trouble scoring, averaging only 58.4 points in their last five games.
Furthermore, Notre Dame only lost by six points to #4 Virginia in their latest game, and they won their previous home game 69-59 over Georgia Tech. The Fighting Irish have held their opponent to 62 or fewer points in three straight games, and they should shut down Wake Forest in this one.
Prediction: Notre Dame
Full-Game Total Pick
I expect a low-scoring clash. Wake Forest is consistently struggling to score with any consistency. They have netted 61 or fewer points in five out of their last seven games, and the under is 8-3 in their last 11 games overall.
In addition, Notre Dame is not a high-scoring squad, and they have only averaged 56.7 points in their last three games, plus the under is 9-1 in their last 10 home games against a team with a losing road record.
Full-Game Prop Bet
Notre Dame should be able to shut down a struggling Wake Forest offense. The Demon Deacons field goal percentage has plummeted down to 39.6%, and Notre Dame is playing solid defense. They limited a low-scoring Georgia Tech team to 59 points in their previous home game, and they should neutralize the Demon Deacons as well.
Prediction: Wake Forest Team Total: Under
Half-Time Total Bet
I am sticking with the under on the halftime total. Both teams are struggling in a big way in the offensive end in the first half recently. The Demon Deacons have only averaged 26 points in their last three games in the first half, while the Fighting Irish have only posted 24 points in their last three.