Wake Forest vs Syracuse Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for March 8 ACC Tournament (Syracuse Marches on to Play Miami)

David Kaestle
Syracuse vs Wake Forest betting preview for 2023 ACC Tournament Game.
Syracuse vs Wake Forest betting preview for 2023 ACC Tournament Game. / Associated Press

Wake Forest vs Syracuse Game Info

  • 2022-23 NCAA Basketball ACC Tournament Game
  • Wake Forest (18-13, 10-10 ACC) vs. Syracuse (17-14, 10-10 ACC)
  • Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2023
  • Time: 12:00 PM ET
  • Venue: Greensboro Coliseum -- Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Coverage: ESPN

The Second Round of the ACC Tournament gets underway today at Noon when the No. 8-seeded Syracuse Orange take on the No. 9 seed Wake Forest Demon Deacons. The winner of the matchup earns the right to move on the the quarterfinals and a matchup with tournament No. 1 seed, the Miami Hurricanes.

Wake Forest vs Syracuse Odds & Spread

Wake Forest vs Syracuse Betting Trends

  • Wake Forest's record against the spread is 16-14-0.
  • As 3.5-point favorites or more, the Demon Deacons are 8-7 against the spread.
  • Wake Forest has seen 20 of its 30 games hit the over.
  • Syracuse is 17-14-0 against the spread this season.
  • The Orange's ATS record as 3.5-point underdogs or greater is 5-5.
  • Syracuse has played 31 games this season, and 18 of them have hit the over.
Wake Forest Rank Wake Forest AVG Syracuse AVG Syracuse Rank
60th 76.7 Points Scored 74.1 123rd
287th 73.8 Points Allowed 72.8 262nd
238th 30.9 Rebounds 31.3 210th
321st 6.5 Off. Rebounds 8.4 195th
18th 9.5 3pt Made 6.1 309th
161st 13.3 Assists 14.2 100th
140th 11.5 Turnovers 11.2 109th

Wake Forest vs Syracuse Prediction & Pick

Syracuse is always a tough out in March, whether it's in the ACC Tournament or the actual NCAA Tournament. The Orange's 2-3 zone presents plenty of problems for teams during tournament time where shooting out of it can become much more difficult. Despite defeating Wake Forest in their last game by nine points, the Orange come into this one as the slight underdog. Syracuse was reeling before that win, losing four in a row prior, but I expect Cuse to come out on top again, pointing to that 2-3 zone that stifled Wake forest last time out.

Prediction: Syracuse 76 | Wake Forest 70

Wake Forest vs Syracuse Best Bet

Syracuse was able to stonewall Wake's offense in the first half of the game last time, holding them to only 29 first-half points. Wake does shoot 36% from three this season, which is a solid number, but the Demon Deacons have been without one of their sharpshooters in Damari Monsanto for a couple of weeks. Monsato shot over 40 percent from three this season and leaves a huge hole in Wake's long-range attack.

Wake Forest only shot 25 percent from three in the last contest against the Orange. Syracuse was even worse though, at a measly 14 percent. I

expect that number to rise a bit from Syracuse but Wake to continue to struggle against Syracuse's 2-3 zone. If Joseph Girard can get Syracuse out on the break and open up kick outs for Syracuse's shooters in transition, we could see a whole new version of the Orange offense this time around. Bank on Syracuse getting out to another first-half lead.

Bet: Syracuse 1st Half Moneyline (+128)

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