Miami vs. Eastern Kentucky - 12/19/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Eastern Kentucky Colonels (5-4) at Miami Hurricanes (9-1)
College Basketball: Friday, December 19, 2014 at 7:00 pm (BankUnited Center)
The Line: Miami Hurricanes -14.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Eastern Kentucky Colonels and Miami Hurricanes meet Friday night at the BankUnited Center.
The Eastern Kentucky Colonels have lost four of their last five and will play their fifth true road game. On the season, Eastern Kentucky is averaging 67.6 points on 39.2 percent shooting and is allowing 69.7 points on 49.6 percent shooting. Corey Walden leads EKU with 17.2 points and 4.1 assists while Eric Stutz is averaging 13 points and 5.6 rebounds. Ja'Mill Powell is the third player averaging double-digit points and Timmy Knipp is grabbing 5.3 rebounds per game. The Eastern Kentucky Colonels are a deep offensive team with six players averaging at least eight points. EKU is also shooting 76.8 percent from the free throw line and 33.6 percent from deep. The weakness for Eastern Kentucky are the 31.1 rebounds per game it’s averaging. Defensively, EKU is forcing 20 turnovers and holding teams to 40.8 percent shooting from deep.
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The Miami Hurricanes are off to a 9-1 start and will play their first game in 11 days. On the season, Miami is averaging 73.4 points on 47.2 percent shooting and is allowing 58.8 points on 38.7 percent shooting. Sheldon McClellan leads UM with 16.2 points and 6.4 rebounds while Angel Rodriguez is averaging 14.2 points and 4.5 assists. Tonye Jekiri is grabbing 9.7 rebounds per game and Manu Lecomte is shooting 55.3 percent from the field. The Miami Hurricanes defense is what leads the way, as they’re forcing 11.9 turnovers and holding teams to 29.2 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Miami is shooting 74.9 percent from the line and 41.6 percent from deep. Miami is also grabbing 36.4 boards per contest.
The Colonels are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 road games and 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games following a ATS loss. The Hurricanes are 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games following a SU win of more than 20 points.
Eastern kentucky lost to a quality BYU team by just 14 points and played with Kentucky blow for blow in the second half. Miami hasn't been blowing out decent teams and I don't expect that to change. Don't sleep on Eastern Kentucky this season. I'll take the points here.