Bet Wake Forest +12 over Duke for your NCAA Basketball Picks

Willie Bee

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 12:54 PM GMT

Wednesday, Mar. 5, 2014 12:54 PM GMT

Are Mike Krzyzewski and the Duke Blue Devils walking into a dangerous look-ahead spot Wednesday night on the basketball odds board when they travel to take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons?

Ranked fourth in both of the latest polls, the Blue Devils finish off the regular season with this short trek before coming home to host their rivals from Chapel Hill. North Carolina popped Duke a couple of weeks ago when the Tar Heels pulled off a 74-66 upset on their floor as 2.5 point underdogs. Getting even with UNC this Saturday has to on the minds of Coach K and his crew.

Before they get that opportunity, however, there's this date with Wake Forest. ESPN2 will televise the matchup from Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum starting at 7 PM (ET), and Duke is holding steady as 12 point chalk. SBR's live college basketball odds will have the total as soon as it's released.

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The longest-running rivalry within the ACC has belonged to the Blue Devils who own a 163-77 record in the series with the Demon Deacons. Duke covered an 18 point spread in Durham a little more than a month ago with an 83-63 victory over Wake Forest, running the Blue Devils' current streak to eight straight in the series.

That February clash just slipped past the 144 scoreboard hurdle, leaving the 'over' 4-1 in the last five meetings. Wake Forest had covered four straight before losing by 20 at Cameron, and is 4-1 vs. the spread the last five played in Winston-Salem.

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Blue Devils Still In Hunt For No. 2 Seed In ACC Tourney

Though the Virginia Cavaliers have already clinched the regular season crown in the ACC, the rest of the seeds in the upcoming tourney remain very much up for grabs. Duke (23-6 straight up, 18-11 against the spread) is currently fourth, a half-game behind both North Carolina and Syracuse.

The Blue Devils did bounce back from that loss to the Tar Heels, first taking down the Orange in a much-anticipated rematch that featured Jim Boeheim's tantrum and then cracking Virginia Tech a little more than a week ago, 66-48. Duke's 66-60 win was just enough to cover the 5.5 point spread vs. Syracuse, but couldn't quite beat the 21.5 point spread against the Hokies.

After racing to a 20-point lead in the first 10 minutes against Virginia Tech, Duke took its foot off the gas. A key problem to not getting the cover was the Blue Devils' inability to knock down treys, converting just 10-of-33 on the evening. Duke is fifth in the nation hitting 40.1% of 3-point attempts on the season, 39.5% in conference play, but has struggled the last three games to find the mark from beyond the arc (22-of-76, 28.9%).

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Demon Deacons Playing Final Home Game

It appears the highlight of the season for Wake Forest (15-14 SU, 10-15 ATS) will be the conference opener in early-January against North Carolina. Jeff Bzdelik's bunch upset the Tar Heels by a 73-67 count as 6.5 point underdogs, and sat level through the first six ACC games at 3-3.

The Demon Deacons have since dropped eight of nine, also going 1-8 ATS in that span, and all signs point to Bzdelik joining the unemployment line once the season comes to an end. The latest setback was at home last Saturday, an 80-72 decision as small home chalk at the hands of Boston College.

Late last season, a struggling Wake Forest team pulled off a big upset by handing then-No. 2 Miami (FL) its first ACC loss. I'm not sure the Demon Deacons will come away with the dubya tonight, but will take them and the points for my free college basketball pick.

College Basketball Pick: Wake Forest +12

Season: 47-35-4 (+8.5)

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