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North Carolina vs Wake Forest Prediction, Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds and Picks

Demon Deacons Trying to Even Season Series

UNC on Two-Game Slide

This has a chance to be a high-scoring affair with North Carolina third and Wake Forest fourth in the ACC in points per game. Limiting the opponents has been a major reason why both teams are in the middle of the ACC standings.

The game features two of the top three scorers in the ACC. Wake Forest’s Tyree Appleby is second in the league with an average of 18.0 points per game. North Carolina’s Armando Bacot is third at 17.6 PPG to go with an ACC-best 11.3 rebounds per contest.

Leaky Black #1 of the North Carolina Tar Heels | Bryan m. bennett/getty images/afp

Ten of Wake Forest’s 15 wins have come at home while North Carolina is just 2-5 on the road.

Forward Will Shaver is out for the season for North Carolina. For Wake Forest, guard Jao Ituka is out for the year.

North Carolina began the season as the No. 1 team in both national polls. Not only are the Tar Heels no longer ranked in either the Associated Press and coaches’ polls, they no longer are receiving votes.

According to the college basketball odds, North Carolina (+3500) is tied for 15th in the odds to win the national title while Wake Forest is well back at +40000.

Let’s check the latest college basketball news, stats, injury reports, and college basketball lines for North Carolina vs Wake Forest. We’ve got plenty of NCAA basketball picks for you to consider.

Tar Heels Hit Rock Bottom

With four starters back from a team that reached the national title game, expectations were high coming into the season.

However, North Carolina is in danger of falling into a tie for seventh place in the ACC.

Inconsistency when shooting from the perimeter has been an issue.

In recent losses to Pittsburgh and Duke, North Carolina was just 12 of 54 from 3-point range.

Only Boston College has a lower 3-point percentage mark among ACC teams than North Carolina, which is connecting on just 30.8% from distance.

Wake Forest is 11th in the league in 3-point percentage defense so perhaps the Tar Heels can get the offense going.

North Carolina has covered against the Las Vegas odds in just one of its last five games.

Monsanto Stepping Up

Wake Forest is not a one-player team.

While Appleby is one of the most dynamic offensive players in the ACC, junior forward Damari Monsanto has three 20-point games over the last five outings.

He is coming off a career-high 28 points in an 81-64 victory over Notre Dame that snapped a four-game losing streak.

He leads the ACC with 76 made 3-pointers and is second with a 3-point percentage of 41.5%.

He was 8 of 13 on 3-pointers against the Fighting Irish and has 23 3-pointers in Wake Forest‘s last five victories.

Wake Forest has covered against the college basketball betting lines in nine of its last 12 games.

North Carolina vs Wake Forest Game Injuries

North Carolina vs Wake Forest Head-to-Head

North Carolina has won three of the last four games against Wake Forest and that includes an 88-79 win at home on Jan. 4 as a 10-point favorite. R.J. Davis had 22 of his 27 points in the second half and Bacot added 21 points. It was the fifth straight time that the home team won between the Tar Heels and Demon Deacons.

Each of the last four games in the series have finished over the total while the Demon Deacons have covered in each of the last three contests.

North Carolina vs Wake Forest Game Information

  • Game: North Carolina (15-8, 7-5 ACC) vs Wake Forest (15-9, 7-6)
  • Location: Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Day/Time: Tuesday, Feb. 7, 7:00 p.m. ET
  • North Carolina vs Wake Forest Live stream: TBS.com

North Carolina vs Wake Forest Betting Lines


North Carolina vs Wake Forest Picks and Prediction

North Carolina could be in danger of going from playing for a national title to missing the tournament in the following season if the Tar Heels aren’t careful. With the next three games against ACC-leading Clemson and nationally ranked Miami and North Carolina State, this feels almost like a must-win game for the Tar Heels.

Wake Forest leads the ACC in 3-pointers made so the Demon Deacons will look to shoot their way to a needed victory against North Carolina.

Wake Forest was +5 in rebounding and +3 in offensive rebounding but committed six more turnovers in the first meeting of the season.

The teams combined for 19 3-pointers in the Jan. 4 matchup.

North Carolina is 15-3 when listed as the favorite while Wake Forest 3-6 when the sportsbook has the Demon Deacons as the underdog.

North Carolina has covered in just one of its seven road games. Wake Forest is 7-5 ATS at home.

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