Louisville vs. Wake Forest: Final Game Predictions & What You Need To Know

Louisville looks to get another road win for the 2nd time in the Kenny Payne era
Wake Forest v Louisville
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The Louisville Cardinals and Wake Forest Demon Deacons will face off today in a road matchup for the Cardinals, and Kenny Payne needs to will Louisville to a win today.

Louisville is coming in at 6-11 with back to back losses to NC State and North Carolina. The Cardinals have tried to build off the road win against Miami but have failed to do so with losing their last two games. However, Louisville has looked much better in the past 3 games than they did the rest of the season, and each game they seem to improve.

After winning 9 in a row, Wake Forest has lost 2 out of their last 3 with losses to NC State and Florida State, and a 19-point win over Virginia. Wake Forest looks to get back on track against the Cardinals, and it will be even tougher for Louisville going on the road in back-to-back games.

Wake Forest has a deadly offense, and with Louisville's weak defense this could a very high scoring game in Winston-Salem.

Here is everything you need to know for Louisville vs. Wake Forest:

01/20/2024. Matchup. 6-11 (1-5). 12:00. 12-5 (4-2). 448. ESPNU. 438. WAKE -14.5

How Can I Watch/Listen To Louisville vs. Wake Forest?

  • Date: Wednesday, January 20th
  • Time: 12:00 PM
  • Venue: Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum
  • TV/Streaming: ESPNU
  • Radio: 93.9 The Ville

What Are The Betting Odds For Louisville vs. Wake Forest?

As I currently write this article Louisville is a +14.5 point underdog against Wake Forest, with the over/under being 151.5. Louisville is also +900 on the moneyline, while Wake Forest is -1600 on the moneyline.

What Injuries Are Louisville Dealing With?

Emmanuel Okorafor is still listed as "day to day" for tonight's game but Tre White should still be good to suit up for tonight. While Dennis Evans and JJ Traynor will be out for the rest of the season, including tonight against UNC

Final Score Prediction For Louisville vs. Wake Forest:

Louisville has struggled in the past 2 games with defense and stopping teams with at least a competent offense, however, the Cardinals have been able to sustain a decent offensive rhythm at times. It all depends how long Louisville can play competent basketball, and if they can do it for a full 40 minutes. They showed sparks against NC State and UNC, but were unable to do it for the full game which resulted in a loss.

Wake Forest has a high powered offense and will look to push and score at will against Louisville. If the Cardinals can keep up with Wake offensively then they have a chance, but if Louisville falls behind it will be hard to see they coming close to winning.

I think Louisville will show promise and continue to play better against Wake, but winning the game outright seems unlikely. I would not expect Wake to cover the 14.5-point line though.

Louisville fights hard but still loses on the road to Wake Forest in a high scoring game.

Louisville 76, Wake Forest 85