The Demon Deacons, led by head coach Danny Manning, look to move to 9-3 with conference play looming ahead next week. In order to put a wrap on a solid non-conference season, Wake has to get past the LSU Tigers, coached by Johnny Jones, who enters the game at 8-2. Both of the teams have defeated College of Charleston so far this season, however this will be the Tigers first road game of the season.
The Tigers are 1-2 on the season away from home, losing to VCU and Wichita State in the Bahamas. Both KenPom and Vegas like Wake by 8-10 points, but what does the staff here at Blogger So Dear think? Let’s take a look at the final score predictions:
Bart: Wake Forest 82-71
Rob: Wake Forest 80-72; I think Wake will be too much of a threat from the outside, and that John Collins will clean up misses for easy put backs.
Chris: Wake Forest 80-70
Bridgers: Wake Forest 74-63; LSU is playing their first true road game. The Deacs come out ready to play after losing a close one to Xavier and take the lead early to never look back.
Riley: Wake Forest 90-72; ROLL DAMN DEACS
Samurai: Wake Forest 82-71
Elijah: Wake Forest 81-76
KenPom (honorary staff member): Wake Forest 85-76
BSD Staff Average (omitting KenPom): Wake Forest 81-71
BSD believes that Wake will win by roughly the same margin as KenPom and Vegas (admittedly there may be some anchoring bias there, but hey, it is what it is) but that the game will be either slower than anticipated, or less efficient on the offensive end.
If the Deacs can consistently get the ball inside to Collins it will enable some good perimeter looks and Wake will be able to push the game and outscore the Tigers. If the game starts off sloppy, LSU has an opportunity to get the ball inside and build on their solid two-point percentage shot game to keep this one close throughout.
Hopefully the Deacs can secure a much-needed win and head into conference play at a happy 9-3. What do you all think will happen? Let us know below. And as always, go Deacs!