Virginia vs. Miami - 1/12/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami Hurricanes (13-1) at Virginia Cavaliers (12-3)
College Basketball: Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 7:00 pm (John Paul Jones Arena)
The Line: Virginia Cavaliers -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Miami Hurricanes and Virginia Cavaliers square off Tuesday night at the John Paul Jones Arena.
The Miami Hurricanes look to build on their eight-game winning streak with a statement victory. The Miami Hurricanes are averaging 82.8 points on 49.7 percent shooting and allowing 64.8 points on 40.1 percent shooting. Sheldon McClellan is averaging 16.3 points and 3.1 rebounds while Ja'Quan Newton is averaging 12.1 points and three assists. Angel Rodriguez is dishing 3.8 assists and Davon Reed is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The Miami Hurricanes are shooting 37.2 percent from beyond the arc and 76.9 percent from the free throw line. Miami is allowing 32.5 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 12 turnovers per game. The Miami Hurricanes have won five straight road games.
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The Virginia Cavaliers have not lost three straight games since February of 2011. The Virginia Cavaliers are averaging 74.4 points on 49.6 percent shooting and allowing 60.9 points on 42.4 percent shooting. Malcolm Brogdon is averaging 16.8 points and 2.9 assists while Anthony Gill is averaging 15.1 points and 6.1 rebounds. London Perrantes is the third double-digit scorer and Mike Tobey is grabbing 4.2 rebounds. The Virginia Cavaliers are shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc and 75 percent from the free throw line. Virginia is allowing 35.3 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 12.1 turnovers per game. The Virginia Cavaliers have won 12 straight home games.
The Hurricanes are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 14-3 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Cavaliers are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a straight up loss and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The road team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
I said before the season that Miami is a possible Final Four team, as the comibation of offense, defense and experience are there. Virginia is still great defensively but is coming off two bad losses on the road. The Hurricanes are more than capable of adding to the Cavs frustraion. You have to take the points here.