To kick off the second round of the ACC Tournament, the Syracuse Orange and Wake Forest Demon Deacons will take the floor. Neither of these teams had to play in the first round, with these .500 teams set to do battle at noon in Greensboro. In our college basketball betting picks for Wednesday, we break down this Wake Forest vs Syracuse matchup in the ACC tourney.
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Wake Forest vs Syracuse Betting Pick
|ℹ️ The Pick:||Syracuse +3|
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This game will be played at Greensboro Coliseum at 12:00 PM ET on Wednesday, March 8, 2023.
Why Bet on Syracuse:
✅ Syracuse is coming off of a win over Wake Forest to end the regular seasons of both teams. They won that game despite shooting 14.3% from three-point range, and will get the better of the Demon Deacons again.
✅ The zone defense of Syracuse caused problems for Wake Forest in their lone regular season meeting. Syracuse held Wake to just 63 points, and we have seen the zone work for less talented Syracuse teams in the past.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Team Stats Per Game
Advanced Game Stats
|67||Avg Opp Score||86|
|86||Avg Opp Score||78.67|
|77.4||Avg Opp Score||85.2|
|79.4||Avg Opp Score||75|
|76||Avg Opp Score||78.5|
|78.2||Avg Opp Score||74.1|
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Wake Forest Demon Deacons
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons enter the ACC Tournament at 18-13 overall and 10-10 in ACC play. Their last game of the conference season came against this very same Syracuse squad, which the Demon Deacons dropped by a score of 72-63. Here, the Deacs will look for revenge and for a spot in the quarterfinal round of the ACC Tournament.
Figuring out a way to slow down Syracuse center Jesse Edwards will be a key to this game for Wake Forest. He had 27 points and 20 rebounds in this same matchup just a few days ago, and the Demon Deacons cannot afford to let the Orange big man cook like that again.
Syracuse enters this conference tournament at 17-14 overall and 10-10 in conference play. Their win over Wake Forest at the end of the regular season snapped a four-game win streak, in which they lost to Duke, Clemson, Pitt, and Georgia Tech. Here, the Orange will look for a second straight win over Wake Forest to advance to the ACC quarters.
For the Orange, the key to this game is going to be the outside shooting of Wake Forest. The zone defense of Syracuse forces teams to beat them from the perimeter. Syracuse was tied for 10th among 15 ACC teams in opponent three-point percentage this year, and they will need to do everything they can to challenge shots out of the zone to be better here.