Written By: Matt Vereb
We suffered our first loss yesterday as Syracuse was trounced for the second time this season by Louisville. We look to start a new streak today.
The Matchup: 6:00PM Clemson Tigers(21-8) at Wake Forest Demon Deacons(18-9)
Sunday is Senior Day at Wake. Ishmael Smith(13.2 PPG) looks to lead his fellow Seniors and team mates to a victory. The Demon Deacons(12-2 Home, 8-6 ACC) have lost 4 straight games. Before the 4 game losing streak, the Demon Deacons had a record of 18-5, a virtual shoe-in for the NCAA tournament. Given the overall weakness of the ACC this season, Wake Forest is one of those preverbial bubble teams. A win on Sunday and a strong showing in the ACC Tournament wil have them dancing later this month.
The Clemson Tigers(5-5 Road, 9-6 ACC) have won two straight ACC contests(at Florida Stats, Georgia Tech). With a win on Sunday, they will claim an ACC Tournament 1st Round Bye. The Tigers have been getting good play from senior forward, Trevor Booker. Booker scored 21 points and grabbed 9 rebounds during the Tigers, 91-80 victory against Georgia Tech this week.
On paper, both teams are evenly matched. Both teams have dominant, low posts presences in Clemson’s Booker and Wake’s Aminu. The Tigers are playing well right now. The Demon Deacons aren’t. However, it is Senior Day and Wake wants to snap their four-game losing streak. Wake by 5.
The Pick: Wake Forest Demon Deacons(18-9)
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