Miami (Ohio) RedHawks vs. Evansville Purple Aces - 11/19/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Evansville Purple Aces (1-0) at Miami (Ohio) RedHawks (1-0)
College Basketball: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Millett Hall)
The Line: Miami (Ohio) RedHawks +3 -- Over/Under: TBA See the Latest Odds
The Evansville Purple Aces travel to Oxford, OH to play the Miami Redhawks at Millett Hall on Wednesday night.
The Evansville Purple Aces defeated the Earlham Quakers 116-45 this past weekend to open their season. Evansville struggled through a disappointing 2013-2014 campaign, finishing with a 14-19 overall record. But that was a very, very young team that got better by the end of the year. In fact, they won three in a row before falling to Wichita State in the MVC Tournament. The Purple Aces and Coach Marty Simmons should take that momentum and their new found experience and accomplish much more in 2014-2015. D.J. Balentine, a 6-2 junior, will again lead the way after averaging an impressive 22.8 points and 4.2 assists. While Balentine shot nearly 40 percent from long range, his scoring numbers are so high because of his ability to get to the charity stripe. He connected on 84.7 percent of his 255 free-throw attempts. There are no major departures from this team. Evansville returns 96.5 percent of their scoring and rebounding and 97.9 percent of their assists. Few teams in the nation can match those numbers.
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The Miami Redhawks started the season with a win over Southern Utah at home 76-63. The RedHawks return just 56% of their scoring and 54% of the rebounding numbers from last year. Although leading scorer and do-everything forward Will Felder graduated, there are still some solid players still on the roster. Three 6-foot-3 guards lead the way, as Willie Moore, Geovonie McKnight and Will Sullivan all averaged around nine points per game last year. They'll be counted on this year as the leaders of this team and will need to look to score more to make up for the loss of Felder. The frontcourt is a different story, as Miami returns just three players 6-foot-7 or taller. Two of them hail from Australia and brought a foreign flair to the normally rigid and rough MAC style of play. Joshua Oswald and Jaryd Eustace averaged five and six points respectively last year and will be asked to do much more this season.
The over is 8-3 in Evansville’s last 11 road games. Evansville is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games.
Evansville has won the last three matchups with Miami, including a 78-65 at Miami last season. Evansville has played well on the road in the past and I expect this talented team to play well on Wednesday. The Redhawks still have several things to work as they have a new coach and a good amount of new players getting play time this season. I think Evansville will win this game and cover the spread.