Planning on watching today's Orange and Demon Deacons game? Catch the action at Lawrence Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem, NC, as the Demon Deacons hosts this showdown at 7:45 ET on CW. The over/under for this Atlantic Coast conference contest is set at 152.5 points, with Wake Forest being favored by -8.5 at home against Syracuse.


The Pick: Syracuse Orange +8.5

This game will be played at Lawrence Joel Coliseum at 7:45 ET on Saturday, February 3rd.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 74-69 in favor of the Demon Deacons.
  • Even though we have Wake Forest winning straight-up, we like Syracuse at +8.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 152.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 143 points.

Taking a Look at the Orange Chances in Winston-Salem

Despite being the underdog, Syracuse has been the favorite in 13 of their 21 games this season, going 12-1 in those games. The Orange have been much better at home than on the road, as their home record is 11-2 compared to just 3-5 on the road. Their average scoring margin at home is +7.2, while it is -3.8 on the road.

Over their last 10 road games, Syracuse has gone just 3-7. They are coming off a loss to Boston College, as they fell by a score of 80-75. So far this season, the Orange have gone 14-7, including a 5-5 record in Atlantic Coast Conference games.

As the underdog this season, Syracuse has gone just 2-6 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Orange have a record of 2-7-1 vs. the spread. On the road, Syracuse is 3-5 vs. the spread this year and has gone 3-7 in their last 10 road games vs. the spread.

Today's over/under line of 152.5 is higher than the average over/under line in Syracuse's games this season (150.5). So far, 12 of their games have finished with more points than today's OU line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 149 points.

The Syracuse offense is coming off a game in which they scored 75 points vs. Boston College. Overall their field goal percentage was 46.9% while connecting on 8 threes. Judah Mintz was the leading scorer for the Orange, putting up 18 points. In addition, J.J. Starling contributed 18 points.

At present, the Orange's defense is nationally ranked 180th, allowing 72.4 points per game. Against Boston College in their most recent game, the Syracuse defense gave up a total of 80 points while allowing Boston College to hit 60% of their shots.

Will Wake Forest Make it Happen at Home?

Wake Forest is a heavy favorite in this game, as they are favored by 8.5 points. The Demon Deacons have been dominant at home this season, going 12-2, and they have won their last 10 games at home. Their average margin of victory at home is +15.1 points per game.

Overall, Wake Forest is 13-7 this season, and they are coming off a 77-72 loss to Pittsburgh. In conference play, they are 5-4 compared to 8-3 in non-conference games. For the season, they have been favored in 14 of their 20 games, going 12-2 in those games.

When looking at Wake Forest's ATS record this season, they are currently 10-9-1. At home, their ATS record is 9-4-1. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Demon Deacons have gone 7-2-1 vs. the spread.

Wake Forest's over/under record this season is 12-8 and today's line of 152.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (147.1). So far, 10 of their games have finished with more points than today's line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 150 points.

Compared to their season average of 79.8 points per game, Wake Forest struggled in their previous game. Against Pittsburgh, the Demon Deacons scored 72 points while finishing with a field goal percentage of 46.7%. In terms of offense, the Demon Deacons have a season-long field goal percentage of 47%, putting them 85th in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 55th in percentage and 82nd in three-pointers made.

So far, the Demon Deacons' defense is ranked 144th in the country at 71.0 points per contest. On average, opposing teams are hitting 6.0 threes per game vs. Syracuse. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 32.1%.