Virginia V Wake Forest Betting Line, Free Pick & How To WatchJosh Bailey
Can Virginia’s top-ranked defense overcome their offensive woes to beat the 7.5-point underdog Wake Forest?
Eleven days ago, on Valentine’s Day, the Virginia Cavalier’s men’s basketball team barely escaped with their shorts after a 61-60 win against unranked Wake Forest at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Virginia. Today, the second-ranked Cavaliers head deep into the bowels of the Demon Deacons’ home turf — LVJM Coliseum in Winston-Salem, North Carolina — in hopes of a little bit of revenge and to put a dent in Kentucky’s lead in the rankings.
Virginia is gunning for their seventh consecutive victory. They’re trying to go 10-0 on the road for the first time since 1980-81.
“You never know what’s going to happen,” freshman guard Devon Hall said. “It was just a matter of us being ready and being able to step up and make plays.”
A Closer Look At The Virginia V Wake Forest Betting Line, My Free Pick & How You Can Watch The Game
Matchup: (2) Virginia Cavaliers at Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Date: Feb. 25, 2015
Start Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Stadium: Lawrence Joel Coliseum
TV Info: ESPN 3
Radio: Virginia Vs Wake Forest
Point Spread: Virginia Cavaliers -7.5
Virginia Will Cover the 7.5-point Spread If
The Cavaliers’ defense has finally adjusted to the loss of Justin Anderson.
Anderson is a huge part of the Cavalier’s top-notch defense. With Anderson going on the block to double-team and flying out to three-point shooters, Virginia’s defense is one of the best in the nation. But, Anderson got hurt in Virginia’s 52 to 47 victory over Louisville on Feb. 7th.
— UVa Men's Basketball (@UVAMensHoops) February 24, 2015
Without Anderson, the defense hasn’t been nearly as shut down as it usually is. Virginia barely beat Wake Forest in the first matchup between these two. As a -18 point home favorite, Virginia beat the Demon Deacons 61 to 60. Virginia’s defense allowed Wake to shoot 43.2% from the field, the D usually allows only 35.8% from the field, and 41.7% from behind the arc, the Cavs’ defense usually allows only 30.4% shooting from three-point land. A cover will be difficult if the Cavs’ D hasn’t adjusted to life without Anderson.
Wake Forest Will Cover the 7.5-point Spread If
Wake Forest can play better field goal percentage defense.
Something always gives in games. In the first matchup between these two it was Virginia’s defense on Wake Forest and Virginia’s three-point shooting. The Cavaliers shot only 16.7%, 2 out of 12, from behind the arc against the Demon Deacons in the first game.
— Wake Basketball (@TieDyeNation) February 24, 2015
Both of those elements could change in the rematch, though. Wake Forest cannot expect to shoot over 43% and close to 42% from the three-point line against such a stout defensive team. Too much time has passed to expect Virginia to have issues on the defensive end again. Virginia should also hit at a higher percentage from the arc when they are on offense. What Wake has to do is keep Virginia from shooting over 45% from the field like the Cavs did in the first game. Virginia hit 24 out of 53 shots in that first game. The Demon Deacons have to hold Virginia to less than 42%, less than 40% if possible, in order to cover the spread in this matchup.
Wake Forest is 0-5 against Top 25 teams this season.