New Coach to Make Wake Forest a Smart Spread Bet Next Season?

David Lawrence

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 6:39 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014 6:39 PM UTC

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons have languished at or near the bottom of the Atlantic Coast Conference for several seasons. Now that they hired a new coach and a new forward, where can we find most value in their College Basketball odds?

Fans of the school finally got their wish in the offseason when head coach Jeff Bzdelik resigned following a miserable four-season tenure in which Wake Forest didn’t even average as many as five ACC wins per season. Now, the program is starting fresh. They hired former Tulsa coach and 1988 Final Four Most Outstanding Player Danny Manning. When Manning played at Kansas, his coach was Larry Brown, who was a disciple of Dean Smith at North Carolina. Manning will try to now succeed in the same conference and the same part of the country where Brown, his former coach, once learned the game as a player under Dean Smith. This process at Wake Forest is taking shape, as today’s news story shows.

Manning has added a new recruit to his first team at Wake. Greek forward Konstantinos Mitoglou will be part of the mix in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Mitoglou played in the under-18 European championship and will now get to test himself in the NCAA Championship.

How Will This Affect Wake Forest?
The addition of Mitoglou is not a game-changer or anything that’s overly eye-popping. However, this should definitely make life more manageable for the Demon Deacons. When Mitoglou did play in the under-18 European championship tournament, he averaged 5.8 points and 7.0 rebounds for Greece. At 6-10 and 225 pounds, Mitoglou offers a long, rangy kind of physique that could alter shots near the rim. He seems fairly willing to rebound the ball and help his team in a blue-collar way. Basketball teams can use those kinds of players. Not everyone needs to be a scorer, and not everyone has to feel the pressure to be a scorer. If Mitoglou can develop over the course of the season, he might become a player who can score 10 points and haul in almost 10 rebounds a game. If Wake gets those kinds of numbers from Mitoglou, the team should feel very positive about this new piece on the roster.

What should also be noted when you consider Wake Forest as one of your College Basketball picks is that Danny Manning was a big man at Kansas. He knows what it is like, and what it was like, to play college basketball as a big man, and to do so at a highly competitive level. Manning’s experiences and history should enable him to tutor Mitoglou in a very effective way. If Mitoglou is receptive to what Manning has to say, this partnership should blossom, and Wake Forest will have a good chance of getting better over the course of the season.


How To Bet The News
It’s true that not a lot of American fans or writers have seen Mitoglou play, so this move is more a mystery than anything else right now. People will have to wait to get a glimpse of this player, so it’s hard to say anything too definitive at the moment. Yet, the fact that Danny Manning is a big man should enable him to get something out of Mitoglou.

The bottom line is that Wake Forest is the longest shot of any team listed at Bovada to win the NCAA Championship next year at 500/1 NCAAB odds. But with Manning and a sneaky recruit, this team could be more effective on the spread than you might think.

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