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Miami vs. Western Carolina - 11/11/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Western Carolina Catamounts (16-18) at Miami Hurricanes (27-8)

College Basketball: Friday, November 11, 2016 at 7:00 pm (BankUnited Center)

The Line: Miami Hurricanes -22 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ACC

The Western Carolina Catamounts and Miami Hurricanes open the 2016-17 college basketball season Friday night at the Watsco Center.

The Western Carolina Catamounts look to take another step forward after finishing 16-18 last season and reaching the CBI. Elijah Pughsley returns after averaging 9.2 points and 1.4 assists while Devin Peterson averaged five points and 1.8 rebounds. Haboubacar Mutombo grabbed three rebounds per game and Marc Gosselin averaged four rebounds per game. Western Carolina will certainly have its work cut out for itself after losing its top four leading scorers, including Mike Brown, who combined more than 1,000 points his last two seasons. The good news for the Catamounts is that coach Larry Hunter usually always finds a way to field a competitive team. The Western Carolina Catamounts have lost seven of their last 10 road games.

Miami vs. Western Carolina - 11/11/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Miami Hurricanes look to take another step forward after making the Sweet 16 last season. Davon Reed returns after averaging 11.1 points and 4.1 rebounds while Ja'Quan Newton averaged 10.5 points and 2.5 assists. Kamari Murphy grabbed six rebounds per game and Anthony Lawrence Jr. shot 51.1 percent from the field. Miami did lose its top two players in Sheldon McClellan and Angel Rodriguez, but the Hurricanes were a deep team last season and have guys capable of filling that void. The Hurricanes also have a guard in Rashad Muhammad, who averaged double-digit points in two seasons before transferring from San Jose State. The Miami Hurricanes have won 13 straight home games.

The Catamounts are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 road games and 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The Hurricanes are 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 home games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The over is 4-1 in Hurricanes last 5 overall and the over is 7-2 in Catamounts last 9 overall.

Western Carolina will figure things out at some point this season, but it won't be during a road game against a still very talented Miami club. The Hurricanes still have enough guys from last year to make another run in the ACC and won't give away cheap wins. I don't see the Catamounts having enough firepower to hang around in this contest on the road.

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Miami Hurricanes -22

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