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Take Points With Wake Forest vs Utah

The Charleston Classic tournament begins on Thursday and will feature a game between Utah and Wake Forest. Both teams will be playing their third game of the season and NCAAB lines have Utah as the favorite.

The Utes have had an easy start to the season with two straight wins, including an 82-53 victory against UC Riverside last time out. The Demon Deacons took another route. After an easy opponent to start the season in Elon, they faced Georgia from the SEC, losing 80-77.

Take Points With Wake Forest vs Utah
Take Points With Wake Forest vs Utah

Utah Not Tested

Utah has started the season with two wins, beating Eastern Washington easily 101-66 before getting its second win against UC Riverside. In both games, the Utes were favored to win by double digits, which they did, covering college basketball spreads twice.

The lack of experience against better opponents could make it hard to value the Utes within college basketball lines. The Utes have seven players averaging 10 or more points per game, but no one has played more than 27 minutes. While that does show the team’s depth, it is unclear how they will look against a better opponent like Wake Forest.

In the season’s first game, Gabe Madsen scored 20 points while Cole Bajema was behind him with 17. Keba Keita came off the bench to get an 11-point, 11-rebound double-double in 13 minutes. Rollie Worster also had a big game, with 15 points, eight assists and six steals.

However, in the second game, Madsen and Worster scored a combined 10 points while other players stepped up. Bajema had another solid game, scoring 13 points, but the leading scorer was Lawson Lovering, who finished with 17 after scoring two in the opening game. There is some talent on this Utah roster, but things don’t seem completely ironed out yet.

Wake Forest Looks Good Despite Loss

For Wake Forest, it is a much different story. Given the performance against Georgia, we understand more about what the Demon Deacons want to do. Facing an opponent on the same level as them could help college basketball odds better understand this team.

After beating Elon 101-78, it seemed clear that four key players would dominate Wake Forest’s scoring. Cameron Hildreth, Andrew Carr, Kevin Miller and Hunter Sallis were the only players in double-digit scoring, all putting up at least 17 points.

That theme continued against Georgia but to a lesser extent. Those four players scored in double figures in the loss, with Miller leading the way with 22 points, hitting two three-pointers, to go with six rebounds and seven assists. Carr also had a big game with 18 points and eight rebounds. Hildreth and Sallis did have a drop-off, scoring a combined 25 points compared to 52 against Elon, but they are still crucial members of this offense.

Having this information for college basketball picks could be crucial when looking at lines for the game between Wake Forest and Utah. Even though it is early in the season, we have a better sense of how the Demon Deacons will perform based on their game against Georgia.

Utah vs Wake Forest Best Bet

Playing this game in a neutral setting could help with the best college basketball bets today. There is much more information on how Wake Forest will perform against an opponent on the same level, which helps its chances compared to Utah.

In addition, the Demon Deacons have four players who can score well, averaging over 15 points per game, giving them a chance to upset the Utes.

College Basketball Best Bet: Wake Forest +5½ -110



Utah vs Wake Forest Betting Lines

Utah vs Wake Forest Game Information

  • Game: Utah (2-0) vs Wake Forest (1-1)
  • Location: Charleston, SC
  • Day/Time: Thursday, Nov. 16, 9:00 p.m. ET
  • Utah vs Wake Forest Live Stream: TBS.com


Questions Of The Day

Can Wake Forest's offense maintain momentum against the Utah’s defense?

Given that Wake Forest had some success against Georgia in the last game, it should be able to put up points against Utah.

Which team will finish the game, scoring over 80 points?

Much more is known about Wake Forest’s offense, which means if any team were going to get over 80, it would likely be the Demon Deacons.

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