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Wake Forest vs Davidson: Key Matchup

Battle of the dynamic guards in the Queen City

NCAA Basketball: Auburn at Davidson Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Deacs dropped their last game in Charlotte to the 49ers, but they have another chance to pick up a win in the Queen City tonight when they take on the Davidson Wildcats. Based on the transitive property, the Deacs should beat the Wildcats by 11 points, due to the fact that the Niners beat Wake by 2 and Davidson by 13. That is, of course, exactly how sports work, so make your bets accordingly.

Moving on to the key matchup, this game features a couple of dynamic scorers at the guard position in Chaundee Brown and Kellan Grady, who, stat wise, are very similar.

As you can see in the chart above, when it comes to scoring the ball, the 2 are pretty similar. The only real difference is where they get their points. Almost 40% of Grady’s shots come from beyond the arc as opposed to just 18% for Brown. On the flip side, Brown is more apt to take the ball inside, which accounts for his 6 free throw attempts per game to Grady’s 2.5. The other big disparity is the assists and rebounds, where Grady is obviously more comfortable with the ball in his hands as a play maker and Brown, again, has no problem getting inside and doing the dirty work.

It is also worth mentioning that Kellan Grady did not play last year in Wake Forest’s 67-63 win over Davidson in Winston Salem. This should be an exciting matchup between two of the best shooting guards in the state, and whichever one comes out on top will likely pick up a win for his team. It will be interesting to see if the Deacs can beat the Wildcats this season with their 1st Team All A-10 guard is in the lineup.