Miami Hurricanes vs. Duke Blue Devils Pick-Odds-Predicition 1/22/14
Duke Blue Devils (14-4) at Miami Hurricanes (10-7)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:30 pm (BankUnited Center)
The Line: Miami Hurricanes +4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Duke Blue Devils travel to Miami to play the Hurricanes on Wednesday night.
Duke improved to 14-4, 3-2 ACC after beating NC State 95-60 on Saturday afternoon. The Blue Devils shot the ball extremely well and forced the Wolfpack into too many miscues down the stretch. On the season, Jabari Parker leads the Blue Devils in scoring and rebounding, averaging 19.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Parker hit a minor slump over the past month, but he seems to have found his game again over the past two contests. Rodney Hood is averaging 17.9 points per game and really carried the Blue Devils when Parker was not playing well earlier in the month. Quinn Cook is the floor general and is averaging a team-high 5.7 assists per game. Duke is averaging 82.6 points per game, which ranks 19th in the country. The Blue Devils are shooting 48.4% from the field as a team this season, which ranks 27th in the nation. Duke’s biggest weakness is rebounding due to the lack of size in the front court. The Blue Devils are averaging only 34.3 boards per game. Duke will head back on the road where they are 0-2 on the year.
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The Miami Hurricanes improved to 10-7, 2-3 ACC after beating Georgia Tech on the road 56-42 on Saturday. The Hurricanes shot the ball well and Manu Lecomte scored a team-high 16 points. Miami’s defense played extremely well, holding the Yellow Jackets to only 42 points and 29.5% from the field. On the year, senior guard Rion Brown lead the Hurricanes in scoring with 14.1 points per game, while he also contributes 6.4 rebounds per contest. Senior forward Donnavan Kirk is averaging 9.9 points per game and a team-high 6.7 rebounds. Miami started the year playing some sloppy basketball but they have since found some chemistry, especially on the defensive end of the floor. The Hurricanes have held three out of their last four opponents to under 60 points with their zone defense. Offensively, the Hurricanes are averaging only 62.4 points per game while shooting 42.2% from the field. Miami is a mediocre rebounding team and they do not do a good job distributing the basketball on offense. After playing three of their last four on the road, Miami will head home for this one on Wednesday night.
Duke has won four out of the last six meetings with Miami, including a three-point win at Miami last season. The two meetings last year were high scoring, but I think this game will be played differently this year. Miami has relied on their defense most of the year and I think this game will come down to whether or not Duke can knock down the outside shot. Meanwhile, Duke should have no problem slowing down a weak and limited Miami offense. I think Duke, who seems to be hitting their stride, will win this game and cover on Wednesday night in Miami.