Arkansas vs. Wake Forest: Make the Home Fave Your NCAA Basketball Pick

David Lawrence

Friday, December 4, 2015 1:07 PM GMT

The Arkansas Razorbacks and the Wake Forest Demon Deacons are both in rebuilding modes, let's point our finger to the best NCAA basketball pick for this matchup, join us inside.

Momentum
The Razorbacks don’t have much of any momentum to speak of. They won a lopsided game earlier this week, but that came against Northwestern State, a grossly inferior team. Before that, the Hogs lost to two teams they really should have expected to beat, Georgia Tech and Stanford. Georgia Tech has been a bottom-feeding team in the ACC for the past several years, and Stanford lost its top two scorers from last season’s roster plus its best interior defender. Arkansas should have been ready to beat the Yellow Jackets and the Cardinal in the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, but it went 0 for 2 instead. The win over Northwestern State does very little to address this team’s problems right now. Offseason suspensions and arrests, plus some moves to the NBA by the team’s two best players, Bobby Portis and Michael Qualls, have left the Razorbacks very shorthanded, and it shows.

The Demon Deacons are doing a lot better. They won two of three games at the Maui Invitational, upsetting Indiana and UCLA while losing only to Vanderbilt. That’s a very encouraging step forward for this team in the second season under head coach Danny Manning, the former star of the 1988 national championship Kansas team. Wake Forest then went on the road to beat Rutgers as part of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. Beating any power conference team on the road is a good win. This team is making real forward strides this season. Wake Forest might not yet be ready to make the NCAA tournament, but if this team keeps making progress, it could very realistically get to the NIT, which would set up an NCAA run in the 2016-2017 season. The Demon Deacons are headed in the right direction.

 

Home-Away Trends
Arkansas is playing its first true road game of the season, having lost two neutral-site games last week. Wake Forest is playing its third home game of the season. It is 1-1 in the previous two, having lost its most recent one against Richmond.

 

Injuries
Arkansas guard Anton Beard has been suspended for the first semester of the academic year and will therefore miss this game. Forward Trey Thompson is questionable for this game with a leg injury.

Wake Forest center Andrew Washington has decided to redshirt for this season. Guard Codi Miller-McIntyre is out for the next few weeks with a foot injury.

 

What’s The Pick?
Wake Forest opened as a seven-point favorite on the NCAA basketball odds. The big point of comparison is that Arkansas has lost to a team Wake Forest is better than: Georgia Tech. That game points to the idea that the Razorbacks are really limited right now and do not have the answers to what ails them. Take Wake Forest with your NCAA basketball picks here.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Wake Forest -7 at The Greek

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