Teams hoping to make a deep Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament run clash when the eighth-seeded Syracuse Orange battle the ninth-seeded Wake Forest Demon Deacons in a second-round matchup in Greensboro, North Carolina. The Demon Deacons (18-13, 10-10 ACC), who went just 4-4 in their final eight regular-season games, last won the ACC Tournament in 1996. The Orange (17-14, 10-10), who are just 4-7 in their past 11 games, defeated the Demon Deacons 72-63 on Saturday. Syracuse has won five of the last six meetings with Wake Forest.
The game from the Greensboro Coliseum will tip off at noon ET. (see up-to-date odds for every game this week on our college basketball odds page). The Demon Deacons are 3.5-point favorites in the latest Wake Forest vs. Syracuse odds, while the over/under for total points scored is set at 153.5.
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The model knows senior guard Tyree Appleby leads the Demon Deacons, and is coming off a 21-point, eight-assist, five-rebound and three-steal performance in Saturday's loss at Syracuse. In a 92-85 win over North Carolina, he scored 35 points to surpass the 2,000 career-point mark and heads into the ACC Tournament with 2,135 points, 18th-most among active Division I players and second-most among ACC players. For the season, he is averaging 18.8 points, 6.3 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game. He is connecting on 43.6% of his field goals and 82.4% of his free throws.
The model also knows senior guard Joseph Girard III has been solid this season for the Orange, averaging 16.7 points, 2.9 assists and 2.8 rebounds. He is connecting on 40.6% of his field goal attempts, including 38.1% from 3-point range, and 85.3% from the foul line. He is coming off a 16-point and four-assist effort in Saturday's win over the Demon Deacons. Girard has reached double-digit scoring in each of the last eight games and in 25 games this year. He scored a season-high 31 points in a 74-71 overtime win over Richmond on Nov. 21.
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