Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Miami Hurricanes Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/15/14
Miami Hurricanes (12-12) at Virginia Tech Hokies (8-15)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 6:00 pm (Cassell Coliseum)
The Line: Virginia Tech Hokies +3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN Full Court
The Miami Hurricanes travel to Virginia Tech to play the Hokies on Saturday.
The Miami Hurricanes improved to 12-12, 3-8 ACC after beating Florida State on the road 77-73 on Monday night. On the season, Rion Brown leads the Hurricanes in scoring, averaging 14.3 points per game, the only player averaging in double-figures for Miami this season. Brown is also averaging a team-high 6.1 rebounds per game. Garrius Adams is averaging a second-best 9.8 points per game while averaging a team-high 2.8 assists per contest. The Hurricanes are only averaging 61.3 points per game while shooting 41.7% from the field, both rank near the bottom in the country. Miami is an average rebounding team and they are awful when it comes to distributing the basketball on the offensive end of the floor. After losing two straight games the Hurricanes bounced back with a win on the road against a good Florida State team on Monday. Miami will stay out on the road where they are 6-3 on the season.
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The Virginia Tech Hokies dropped to 8-15, 1-10 ACC after losing at Pittsburgh 62-57 last weekend. On the season, Jarell Eddie leads the Hokies with 13.9 points per game and a team-high 5.6 rebounds per game. Ben Emelogu is averaging a second-best 11.4 points per game, while Devin Wilson is averaging 8.9 points per game and a team-high 4.4 assists. The Hokies are averaging a mediocre 66.8 points per game while shooting an awful 41.5% from the field. Virginia Tech is actually a good rebounding team, averaging 37.9 points per game, but a lot of that has to do with the amount of shots the Hokies miss in the first place. The Hokies are not a good offensive team and they don’t do a good job of distributing the basketball, averaging only 11.4 assists per game as a team this season. Virginia Tech has lost ten games in a row, all in conference play.
Virginia Tech had one of their best opportunities to grab a win last weekend against a Pittsburgh team that did not bring their A game. The Hokies are an awful basketball team overall and it’s hard to back them at this point in the season. I think Miami has enough playmakers and experience to get the job done on the road. The Hurricanes win and cover on Saturday.