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Miami Hurricanes vs. Virginia Cavaliers - 1/3/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Virginia Cavaliers (12-0) at Miami Hurricanes (10-3)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 5:30 pm (BankUnited Center)

The Line: Miami Hurricanes +7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 2

The Virginia Cavaliers will travel to the BankUnited Center to take on the Miami Hurricanes this Saturday evening.

The 3rd ranked Virginia Cavaliers stayed perfect on the season improving to 12-0 after defeating the Davidson Wildcats 83-72 this past Tuesday. The Cavaliers outrebounded the Wildcats 42-25 in the victory and shot 44.3% from the floor. Leading Virginia was Anthony Gill who had 25 points and 13 rebounds. The Cavaliers are ranked 3rd in the RPI Standings and has played the 17th ranked SOS. On the season, Virginia have been led by Justin Anderson (15.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.8 apg), Malcolm Brogdon (13.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.9 apg), and Anthony Gill (13.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.0 apg). Offensively, the Cavaliers are averaging 70.6 ppg (ranked 121st) on 49.3% shooting (ranked 18th). Virginia is outrebounding their opponents by an average of 14.4 rpg (ranked 3rd). The Cavaliers protect the ball well on offensive as they only commit an average of 9.7 turnovers per game (ranked 4th). Defensively, Virginia is holding their opponents to 48.2 ppg (ranked 2nd) on 32.6% shooting (ranked 2nd). The Cavaliers do a good job moving their feet on defense as they only average 14.5 fouls per game (ranked 12th).

Miami Hurricanes vs. Virginia Cavaliers - 1/3/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Miami Hurricanes snapped a two game losing streak to improve to 10-3 on the season after beating the College of Charleston Cougars 67-40 this past Tuesday. The Hurricanes held the Cougars to just 29.6% shooting and forced College of Charleston to commit 14 turnovers. Leading the way for the Hurricanes was Angel Rodriguez who had 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists. Miami is currently ranked 90th in the RPI Standings and has played the 198th ranked SOS. On the season, the Hurricanes have been led by Sheldon McClellan (15.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.2 apg), Angel Rodriguez (13.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.2 apg, 2.3 spg), and Tonye Jekiri (7.4 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 1.8 bpg). Offensively, Miami is averaging 69.8 ppg (ranked 143rd) on 45.2% shooting (ranked 107th). The Hurricanes average 8.2 three-pointers per game (ranked 34th) on 37.8% three-point shooting (ranked 61st). Defensively, Miami is allowing 59.7 ppg (ranked 47th) on 40.1% shooting (ranked 96th).

The Cavaliers are 10-1-1 ATS in their last 12 games following a ATS loss and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Hurricanes are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a winning road record however, just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall.

Miami started off the season strong however, their win against Florida doesn’t look as impressive as it once did. I’m sure Coach Bennett wasn’t too thrilled with the Cavaliers defensive performance against Davidson and will have Virginia more than ready in this match-up against the Hurricanes. I think Virginia shuts down the Hurricanes and scores enough to cover the spread in this one. Take the Cavaliers to cover!

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Virginia Cavaliers -7

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