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Wake Forest vs. Virginia Tech: Blogger So Dear Staff Predictions

Who does the staff like in tonight's game?

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Adam: Wake Forest wins 66-61

This one will be one of those sloppy lower scoring games where both teams shoot horribly and turn the ball over a ton. In the end, I think it comes down to Devin Thomas being a beast and pretty much putting the team on his back and carrying them to a W.

Bart: Virginia Tech wins 67-65

Wake desperately needs this game to stay on pace for the NCAA Tournament but VPI has presented a challenge at home at times this year, as seen by wins over Virginia and NC State early in the ACC season. VPI will get the ball inside a lot as they do not rely heavily on the perimeter game. The pace will be quick in this one, but it has the feel of a sloppy road game where Wake will be up single digits at times with a chance to stretch the lead out, but will fail to do so. If Devin gets in foul trouble alongside Dinos and Collins, then VPI will make the Deacs pay. Wake loses a heartbreaker in a game everyone will look back on and feel like we should have won. Hopefully I'm way off.

Chris: Wake Forest wins 76-75

Wake wins on a buzzer beater. The Deacs need this one to keep momentum going and postseason hopes alive, and the Hokies are certainly a beatable team. I'm still looking for Crawford to fully get back on track scoring with Codi back in the mix, and for Wilbekin to prove he's worth a starting spot. Devin should continue to rack up double-doubles against competition like this, too. Once again, I expect our pace to be extremely high.

Marc: Virginia Tech wins 72-66

This game is pretty much a must-win for Wake's NCAA Tournament hopes. The good news is that it's definitely winnable. The bad news is that ACC road wins never come easy. Virginia Tech has looked pretty good at home...since dropping the season opener by 3 points to Alabama State, VT's only home losses have been to what are now 14-3 Northwestern (in overtime) and 14-1 WVU (in a blowout). They've also picked up ACC wins over NC State and UVA.

Ned: Wake Forest wins 70-66

The Deacs struggle from the field, but Virginia Tech matches them with poor shooting of their own. Thomas puts the team on his back in the 2nd half once gain and Wake leaves with their first ACC road win of the year.

Samurai: Wake Forest wins 72-66

A generally close outing, Wake's talent and depth prove too much for the Hokies down the stretch. I look for Mitchell Wilbekin to do what we brought him in to do and hit a couple clutch threes, ultimately ending up with a double-digit scoring night.

Vegas: Virginia Tech is favored by 1 point, though it's a pick em in some sports books. The over/under is 150. The Hokies opened up as a 2.5 point favorite.