Play: UVA -2.5 (-115 BetMGM)

In Saturday's ACC showdown, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons clash with the Virginia Cavaliers, and the betting spotlight is on UVA to cover the -2.5 spread. Here's why this could be a smart bet for college basketball enthusiasts.

Despite coming off a disappointing home loss to Pitt, Virginia boasts an impressive track record under head coach Tony Bennett, particularly at home. With a remarkable 206-38 record at home under Bennett's tenure, the Cavaliers have historically been a force to reckon with in front of their home crowd. Moreover, UVA has rarely succumbed to consecutive home losses, having lost back-to-back home games only three times since 2012.

While Wake Forest secured a convincing victory over UVA in their previous encounter, the Cavaliers are expected to showcase their defensive prowess in this must-win game. Known for their defensive tenacity, Virginia is likely to tighten up their defense at home and make it difficult for Wake Forest to find scoring opportunities.

Despite Wake Forest's solid performance this season, they have struggled on the road in ACC matchups, making it challenging for them to compete against tougher opponents away from home. This season, Wake is 2-6 ATS on the road, including an 0-5 record as a road underdog. With UVA's formidable home-court advantage and Wake Forest's road woes in mind, the Cavaliers appear well-positioned to cover the modest -2.5 spread.

While Wake Forest remains a formidable opponent, especially after their previous win over UVA, the Cavaliers' defensive intensity and home-court advantage make them favorites to bounce back and secure a crucial victory in this ACC showdown. Bettors should consider backing UVA to cover the -2.5 spread in what promises to be an intriguing matchup.