Oregon State guard Dashawn Davis rises for a layup

Oregon State guard Dashawn Davis (13) drives to the basket ahead of Iowa State guard Tre Jackson (3) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

  • The Wake Forest Demon Deacons are 3.5-point favorites over the Oregon State Beavers in an NCAA men’s basketball game slated for Friday, November 26
  • Wake Forest and Oregon State are meeting in the second round of the Emerald Coast Classic on the campus of Northwest Florida State in Niceville, Fla.
  • Wake Forest is 5-0 on the season, while Oregon State is 1-4

Five games into the NCAA men’s basketball season, there’s not much that hasn’t gone the way of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. On the other hand, little has gone right so far for the Oregon State Beavers.

Wake Forest is a perfect 5-0 on the young campaign. Meanwhile, the Beavers are 1-4 and losers of four in a row.

As they ready to play at Wake Forest on Friday, perhaps the biggest surprise is that oddsmakers are setting the Beavers as just 3.5-point road underdogs in this game. The Demon Deacons are 4-1 against the spread this season.

Oregon State vs Wake Forest Odds

Team Moneyline Spread Total
Oregon State Beavers +138 +3.5 (-110) O 139.5 (-115)
Wake Forest Demon Deacons -166 -3.5 (-110) U 139.5 (-105)

Odds as of November 26th at FanDuel.

Tipoff for Friday’s game, a second-round contest in the Emerald Coast Classic on the campus of Northwest Florida State in Niceville, Fla. is set for 9:30pm ET at Raider Arena. The game will air live on the CBS Sports Network. The winner will face either Penn State or LSU in Saturday’s championship final.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons Betting Trends

The Demon Deacons are proving to be a dominant force in almost all facets during this early season run. Wake Forest is 17th in the nation on scoring offense (87.6 points per game), third in field goal percentage (53.6), third in effective field goal percentage (61.9) and fifth in true shooting percentage (64).

Individually, graduate student guard Alondes Williams leads the Demon Deacons in scoring  with 19.4 points per game, which places him fourth in scoring in the ACC. Williams also leads Wake Forest with 3.8 assists per game.  With 97 points, he’s tied for the third-most by a Demon Deacons player through the first five games during the 21st century.

Senior guard Daivien Williamson (15.0 ppg) and junior forward Jake LaRavia (14.2 ppg) are also scoring in double digits for Wake Forest. Graduate student forward Kadim Sy leads the team with 5.2 rebounds per game.

Williamson is the Demon Deacons’ top 3-point shooter (15-of-28, .536), while LaRavia leads the club with 2.8 steals per game. Graduate student C/F Dallas Walton is averaging a team-hgh 1.8 blocks per game.

Oregon State Beavers Betting Trends

The 1-4 start is a disappointment from an Oregon State that won last year’s Pac-12 Tournament and reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1982.

The Beavers are 254th in the NCAA in scoring offense (67.6 ppg), 172nd in field-goal percentage (44.1) and 225th in 3-point shooting (31.9%). Defensively, they’re 192nd in scoring defense (69.4 ppg), 225th in effective field-goal percentage (49.7) and 236th in true shooting percentage (53).

Senior forward Warith Alatishe leads the Beavers in scoring (12.8 ppg) and rebounding (7.2 rebounds per game). Junior guard Dashawn Davis is dishing out a team-high 4.8 assists per game. and leads the team in steals (1.5) and blocks (one) per game.

Beavers vs Demon Deacons Prediction

The Demon Deacons have covered the spread four times this season as favorites by at least 4.5 points. Wake Forest has held four of its first five opponents to sub-40% shooting for the first time since the 2009-10 season.

The Demon Deacons lead the ACC with 11.0 steals per game. The only previous meeting between these two schools was on November 28, 1977. Wake Forest won 94-74.

Oregon State is winless against the spread this season (0-5) and 2-3 on the over/under. The Demon Deacons have covered the spread four times when favored by at least 4.5-points. Wake Forest is 4-1 on the over/under.

This will be the first highly-rated Division I opponent for the Demon Deacons. So far, Wake Forest has beaten Western Carolina, Charleston Southern, William & Mary, North Carolina A&T and Kennesaw State.

Oregon State may not have many wins but the Beavers win when it comes to strength of schedule. Their losses have been suffered against Iowa State. Tulsa, Samford and Princeton.

Pick: Wake Forest Demon Deacons moneyline  (-166)

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