North Carolina vs Wake Forest Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for February 7 (UNC Relies on Size to Earn ACC Win)

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North Carolina vs Wake Forest prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game.
North Carolina vs Wake Forest prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game. / AP Photos/Jacob Kupferman

North Carolina vs Wake Forest Game Info

  • 2022-23 NCAA Basketball Regular Season Game
  • North Carolina (15-8, 7-5 ACC) vs. Wake Forest (15-9, 7-6 ACC)
  • Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023
  • Time: 7:00 PM ET
  • Venue: Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum -- Winston-Salem, North Carolina

The 2022-23 college basketball season continues on Tuesday with an exciting matchup between the North Carolina Tar Heels and Wake Forest Demon Deacons. North Carolina fell short in a 63-57 loss to Duke on Saturday for its second straight ACC defeat. Armando Bacot tallied a team-high 14 points.

Meanwhile, Wake Forest took down Notre Dame by a score of 81-64 on Saturday to snap a four-game losing streak. Damari Monsanto paced the offense with 28 points, while Tyree Appleby chipped in with 16 points to go along with 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Which ACC squad will win on Tuesday?

North Carolina vs Wake Forest Odds & Spread

Neither team enters this contest as a favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 7 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 153.5 points, which is above average compared to Tuesday's projected totals.

North Carolina vs Wake Forest Betting Trends

  • North Carolina is 7-16-0 against the spread this season.
  • Against the spread as 1.5-point favorites or more, the Tar Heels are 7-11.
  • There have been 10 North Carolina's games (out of 23) that went over the total this year.
  • Wake Forest's record against the spread is 14-9-0.
  • Against the spread as 1.5-point underdogs or more, the Demon Deacons are 6-3.
  • There have been 17 Wake Forest games (out of 23) that went over the total this year.
North Carolina Rank North Carolina AVG Wake Forest AVG Wake Forest Rank
47th 77.6 Points Scored 77.4 50th
231st 71.3 Points Allowed 72.7 266th
21st 36.1 Rebounds 31.5 211th
125th 9.2 Off. Rebounds 6.8 309th
262nd 6.7 3pt Made 9.3 23rd
253rd 12.3 Assists 12.9 214th
50th 10.7 Turnovers 11.4 107th

North Carolina vs Wake Forest Prediction & Pick

Damari Monsanto may be one of the best players in college basketball that no one has heard of. The Wake Forest standout is shooting 42% from beyond the arc and has made 76 three-pointers on the season, which is the top mark among all power-conference players. He is a baller to watch out for.

The good news for North Carolina is that it has been shutting down the long ball all year long. The Tar Heels allow an opponent three-point shooting percentage of 32.6% at home. Keep in mind they also thrived on offense against the Demon Deacons back on Jan. 4 in what was an 88-79 victory for UNC.

North Carolina is 9-2 straight up in its last 11 games against Wake Forest, so rock with the Tar Heels.

Final Score Prediction: North Carolina: 80 | Wake Forest: 76

North Carolina vs Wake Forest Best Bet

Look for Armando Bacot to be the difference-maker in this showdown. All three of Wake Forest's best players are perimeter threats as the Demon Deacons lack size around the rim. That was clear in the first matchup as Bacot picked apart the defense to the tune of 21 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists.

Keep in mind Wake Forest's campus sits just 30 miles away from UNC's, which means a home court advantage will not be nearly as evident. The Tar Heels 6-1 straight up in their last seven games on a Tuesday, while the Demon Deacons are 3-5 straight up in its last eight home games against UNC.

Bet: North Carolina Tar Heels ML (-110)

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