Miami vs Wake Forest Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for March 9 ACC Tournament (Demon Deacons Go Out in Style)

Miami vs Wake Forest Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for March 9 ACC Tournament (Demon Deacons Go Out in Style)


Miami vs Wake Forest Game Info

  • 2022-23 NCAA Basketball ACC Tournament Game
  • No. 14 Miami (24-6, 15-5 ACC) vs. Wake Forest (19-13, 10-10 ACC)
  • Date: Thursday, March 9, 2023
  • Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
  • Venue: Greensboro Coliseum -- Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Coverage: ESPN Networks

The ACC Tournament quarterfinals are here, and that means we finally get a look at No. 1 seed Miami, who had byes through the first two rounds. Wake Forest saw their first action in Round 2, upsetting 8-seed Syracuse on Wednesday. Both of these teams are now just three wins away from winning the ACC, meaning there's a lot on the line Thursday afternoon.

Miami vs Wake Forest Odds & Spread

It's no surprise to see Miami favored in this one, and by a pretty significant margin. The 6.5 -point spread suggests this isn't going to be a total blowout, but as +220 underdogs it would be a pretty big shocker if Wake Forest pulled this one off. The game should also be an exciting one, with a 156.5-point over/under.

Miami vs Wake Forest Betting Trends

  • Miami has beaten the spread 18 times in 30 games.
  • Against the spread as 5.5-point favorites or more, the Hurricanes are 4-10.
  • This season, 13 of Miami's 30 games have hit the over.
  • Wake Forest is 17-14-0 against the spread this year.
  • As 5.5-point underdogs or more, the Demon Deacons are 4-3 against the spread.
  • This season, 20 of Wake Forest's 31 games have gone over the point total.
Miami Rank Miami AVG Wake Forest AVG Wake Forest Rank
23rd 79.6 Points Scored 76.8 58th
230th 71.7 Points Allowed 73.8 287th
156th 32.1 Rebounds 31.0 232nd
123rd 9.1 Off. Rebounds 6.6 321st
157th 7.6 3pt Made 9.5 18th
51st 15.0 Assists 13.4 154th
99th 11.1 Turnovers 11.6 148th

Miami vs Wake Forest Prediction & Pick

With one of the ACC's (and really the entire country's) best offenses, it's hard to pick against a rested Miami team, which is averaging 79.6 points per game on the year. This is especially true when we see Wake Forest ranking just No. 200 in the country by allowing a 44.6% shooting percentage to opponents.

We saw that play out the first time these two met this season as well, with Miami absolutely snapping to the tune of 96 points on 58.7% shooting.

Wake's starters all got run into the ground in yesterday's close game (including 40 minutes played for Tyree Appleby and 37 for Davien Williamson), and tired legs aren't going to make it any easier to slow down this Miami attack.

Prediction: Miami 91 | Wake Forest 86

Miami vs Wake Forest Best Bet

Despite what I said above in my prediction, there's one area to get excited about for Wake Forest here.

Miami ranks outside the top 100 in defending the 3-point line (allowing opponents to hit at a 33.1% rate), and only 14 teams in the country average more than Wake Forest's 9.5 made 3's per game on the year. They're also not afraid to let it fly, having put up 35 3-point attempts the last time they played Miami (hitting 15 of them).

I don't think they can keep up with the 'Canes, but I do think they're going out in style here.

Best Bet: Wake Forest Alternate Total Points OVER 81.5 (+245)

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