Authored by College Basketball Against The Spread Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall and produced by Charliessports.com for their 2014 Basketball game on Wednesday December 3, 2014 at 7:00 pm EST in the Big Ten vs. ACC Challenge on the ESPN Network.
The (4-2) Minnesota Golden Gophers of the Big-Ten Conference will make the trip from the Twin Cities to Tobacco Road to take on the (4-3) Wake Forest Demon Deacons of the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2014 College Basketball action. The team will play at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This Sports Handicapper believes the Wake Forest program made a great hire when they named former Basketball great Danny Manning their head coach. Minnesota and coach Richard Pitino is heading into his second year and after winning the NIT last year he must continue to build. The Opening betting line has Wake Forest as a five-point home underdog Against The Spread, and the total is at 135 points for Wednesday Night’s game.
2014-15 Minnesota Golden Gophers are predicted to finish near the bottom of the tough Big-Ten Conference and if they are to do better than that they must defend better than last year. Minnesota ranked last in defense last year in the conference. Minnesota is 5-15-1 Against The spread their last 21 on the road and have won four of their last five straight up this season after losing their first game to Louisville in a Father, son matchup. Minnesota is 1-2-1 Against The Number, going over the total once and staying under twice on 2014 College Basketball Expert Betting Predictions this season. The Minnesota coaching staff needs to hit the recruiting trail better than they did last year. The key to the Golden Gophers win is for their best player Andre Hollins to create and get other players involved. Minnesota is not that much better than Wake Forest.
The 2014-15 Wake Forest Demon Deacons are thin in the frontcourt with only one big man returning with experience but Manning should be able to work some of the other big guys into valuable minutes. Wake Forest is only 4-12 Against The Number dating back to last season. The Demon Deacons are 1-2 Against The Spread this season, going over once and staying under once. Wake Forest is 1-1 vs. The number at home their last Ten. The key to a Wake Forest win to rebound better, they struggled on the boards last season. Junior guard Codi Miller-McIntyre is their best player and will have to put the team on his back vs. Minnesota, they must play better than they did in their last game, a 72-65 loss to Delaware State.
Free Pick: Wake Forest+5.