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Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. Virginia Cavaliers Pick & Prediction JAN 15TH 2022

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After a very uneven start to the season, the Virginia Cavaliers finally appear to be picking up some traction.

Virginia (10-6, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) started the campaign 7-5 but has won three of its last four games to take some momentum into a home game against Wake Forest (13-4, 3-3) on Saturday in Charlottesville.

The Cavaliers gutted out a win in a rivalry game on Wednesday, holding off visiting Virginia Tech 54-52.

Virginia turned up the defensive pressure and held the Hokies to just four points over the final 6:40 while the offense did just enough to get over the finish line.

Francisco Caffaro scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds off the bench to lead Virginia in both categories. Armaan Franklin added 15 points, and Reece Beekman had 11.

"It was such a hard-fought game," Virginia coach Tony Bennett said. "And I thought again, our guys, though not perfect or pretty, that's who we are. They took a step in the right direction to be as rugged as they could be on both ends of the floor. Both teams played their hearts out."

Wake Forest, on the other hand, is coming off a strong effort that still resulted in a 76-64 home loss to eighth-ranked Duke on Wednesday.

The game was tied in the final minute of the first half, but a 24-3 Blue Devils run built up enough separation to put the outcome out of reach.

There were some positive signs for the Demon Deacons out of the game, most notably from guard Alondes Williams, who scored 25 points for the second game in a row.

"I thought that Duke did an unbelievable job of imposing their will on us at the end of the half and the beginning of the second half," Wake Forest coach Steve Forbes said. "They won the game in the middle eight (minutes)."

Williams leads the Demon Deacons in scoring (20.7 points per game), rebounds (6.7 per game) and assists (five per game).

The Saturday game is the only scheduled meeting this season between the two teams. Virginia defeated Wake Forest 70-61 in the lone meeting last season, the Cavaliers' ninth consecutive victory in the series.

--Field Level Media

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Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. Virginia Cavaliers Recap JAN 6TH 2021

Despite a cold shooting night, No. 3 Virginia dispatched visiting Wake Forest 68-45 Tuesday at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Va.

The Cavaliers bounced back from their first loss of the season despite shooting just 39 percent. It was also the eighth time this season that they held an opponent to less than 50 points.

Five Cavaliers scored in double figures as Jay Huff scored 10 of his 12 points in the first half to join Kyle Guy with 12 points apiece to lead the way.

Wake Forest (8-10, 1-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) never led in the game as it was held to just 31 percent shooting overall and 6 of 24 (25 percent) from the three-point line. Leading scorer Brandon Childress was just one of two Demon Deacons in double figures as he scored 12 points on 4 of 12 shooting.

Virginia (17-1, 5-1) recorded its fourth win of 20 or more points through six ACC games so far as they remain in a tie for first place in the conference. The Cavaliers assisted on 14 of their 22 field goals and turned the ball over just seven times in the win.

After Wake Forest started the game one of 11 from the field and found themselves down 25-3, the Deacons used a 20-9 run to end the half and limit the damage, trailing 36-23.

Virginia didn't score for the final 2:42 of the half on their way to the 13-point lead. The Cavaliers shot 45 percent from the field but missed their last four shots.

Wake Forest shot 32 percent with five of their nine made shots coming from beyond the arc.

Virginia will travel to play Notre Dame on Saturday while Wake Forest will host Boston College.

--Field Level Media


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