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Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. Syracuse Orange Pick & Prediction JAN 29TH 2022

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Wake Forest has reached the midway mark of its Atlantic Coast Conference schedule. Now the possibilities seem enticing.

The Demon Deacons have a rematch with a Syracuse team that needs to get cranked up down the stretch to have any remote chance of reaching the postseason.

The teams collide Saturday night in Syracuse, N.Y.

"We're only at halftime. I mean that because it's halftime of the league," Wake Forest coach Steve Forbes said. "We still have 10 games to go. There's a lot left to play for. ... They don't hand out any awards. They don't hand out any banners at halftime. We've got a lot left on the table."

Wake Forest (17-4, 7-3 ACC) has won four straight regular-season conference games for the first time since the 2009-10 season. More impressively, the Demon Deacons have defeated three consecutive ACC foes by at least 15 points for the first time in 17 years.

"I think we have great chemistry," Forbes said. "They're tough. They believe in each other."

Wake Forest topped Syracuse 77-74 in overtime on Jan. 8. That was the third overtime triumph of the season for the Demon Deacons, who are 3-2 in true road games.

This marks the first repeat opponent for the Demon Deacons. Syracuse (9-11, 3-6) lost Tuesday night at Pittsburgh, a team it defeated earlier in the month.

Syracuse has lost its past two games, with a road setback at Duke last Saturday. The Orange scored 59 and 53 points in those pair of losses.

"We're not going to win games that way," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. "We're not winning games scoring 53 points. That's just not who we are."

Syracuse is 2-6 in January.

"Do you see anything that looks like a tournament team out there?" Boeheim said. "We're concerned about winning a game, period."

Syracuse's depth was reduced in the loss to Pittsburgh with reserve guard Symir Torrence out with an injury. Buddy Boeheim has led the Orange with 18.9 points per game this season.

Wake Forest's Alondes Williams is scoring an ACC-leading 20.4 points per game and Jake LaRavia is at 15.4 points per outing.

Daivien Williamson, who was out because of health and safety protocol and didn't play in the first meeting with Syracuse, is Wake Forest's third-leading scorer at 12.7 points per game.

Wake Forest hasn't played since Monday. Forbes, who has never been to Syracuse, said a few days off between games should be beneficial for the Demon Deacons.

--Field Level Media

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Wake Forest Demon Deacons
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Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. Syracuse Orange

Freshman guard Brycen Goodine converted a put-back with 1.5 seconds remaining to lift host Syracuse to a 75-73 win against Wake Forest in an Atlantic Coast Conference game on Saturday night.

Goodine's basket followed a failed 3-point attempt by Elijah Hughes with three seconds remaining.

The Orange (14-9, 7-5 ACC) held on after blowing a 16-point lead early in the second half.

Buddy Boeheim's layup with 1:43 left put ahead Syracuse 71-70.

Wake Forest could not convert in its next two possessions, and Hughes made two free throws to extend the lead to 73-70 with 32 seconds remaining.

Ismael Massoud sank a 3-pointer to tie the score with 21 seconds left. Goodine then made the game-winning putback.

Boeheim led Syracuse with 23 points on 9-of-18 shooting, including five of nine from 3-point range. Hughes tallied 20 points and eight rebounds and Quincy Guerrier had 13 points before fouling out.

Wake Forest (10-13, 4-10) was led by Olivier Sarr's 15 points and nine rebounds. Chaundee Brown had 14 points and eight rebounds.

Wake Forest rallied from a 16-point deficit in the second half by outrebounding Syracuse 25-10 after halftime.

Boeheim had 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting from 3-point range in the first half, and Guerrier tallied 10 points to help Syracuse take a 38-30 halftime lead.

Syracuse scored the first eight points of the second half to increase its lead to 46-30 with 18:21 left in regulation, but Wake Forest responded with a 10-0 run.

Sarr's dunk with 16:29 remaining capped the run, trimming the lead to 46-40. Andrien White had two 3-pointers in that stretch.

After the Demon Deacons cut the lead to 54-51 with 12:46 left, Syracuse responded with baskets by Joseph Girard II and Guerrier on consecutive possessions.

Wake Forest took its first lead since the opening minutes of the game on two free throws by Brandon Childress with 5:29 remaining.

--Field Level Media

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