Virginia Tech vs. Miami - 3/5/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami Hurricanes (24-5) at Virginia Tech Hokies (17-13)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 4:00 pm (Cassell Coliseum)
The Line: Virginia Tech Hokies +6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ACC Network; ESPN College Extra
The 7th ranked Miami Hurricanes will travel to Cassell Coliseum to take on the Virginia Tech Hokies this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The 7th ranked Miami Hurricanes won their 3rd consecutive game and improved to 24-5 (13-4 ACC) on the season after defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 68-50, this past Wednesday. Miami was outstanding on the defensive end throughout the game and had no problem putting away the Irish on their home court after taking a 35-22 halftime lead. Miami shot 44.8% from the field and outrebounded Notre Dame by a 39-26 margin. The Hurricanes held the Fighting Irish to 34.0% shooting from the field and 18.8% (3-16) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Miami was Angel Rodriguez who had 19 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and a steal. On the season, the Hurricanes have been led by Sheldon McClellan (15.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.0 spg), Angel Rodriguez (11.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.4 spg), and Davon Reed (11.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.3 apg). Offensively, Miami is averaging 75.9 ppg on 47.4% shooting from the field and 37.0% shooting from beyond the arc. The Hurricanes average 7.0 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.25. Defensively, Miami is holding their opponents to an average of 65.7 ppg on 42.2% shooting. The Hurricanes have a rebound margin of 2.4 and a turnover margin of 1.2.
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The Virginia Tech Hokies won their 4th straight game and improved to 17-13 (9-8 ACC) on the season after defeating the Pittsburgh Panthers, 65-61, this past Wednesday. Virginia Tech had a 63-50 lead with just under five minutes to play, but had to hang on for the victory after their offense struggled to score for the remainder for the game. Virginia Tech shot 44.4% from the field and 31.6% (6-19) from beyond the arc. The Hokies held the Panthers to 38.9% shooting from the field and 14.3% (3-21) from three-point range. Leading the way for Virginia Tech was Zach LeDay who had a double-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 blocks. On the season, the Hokies have been led by Zac LeDay (15.1 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.4 bpg), Seth Allen (13.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.5 apg), and Justin Bibbs (12.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.0 apg). Offensively, Virginia Tech is averaging 73.5 ppg on 44.2% shooting from the field and 35.0% shooting from beyond the arc. The Hokies average 5.7 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.92. Defensively, Virginia Tech is allowing their opponents to average 71.5 ppg on 43.0% shooting. The Hokies have a rebound margin of -1.2 and a turnover margin of 0.3.
The Hurricanes are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games following a straight up win. The Hokies are 8-0 ATS in their last 8 home games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
Miami have been playing great as of late as over their last three games, the Hurricanes have beaten Virginia, Louisville, and Notre Dame. Miami is one of the most well-balanced teams in the country and have been outstanding on the defensive end all season as they rank 41st in the country in scoring defense. Virginia Tech has been playing some of their best baskeball of the season lately and their recent 4-game win streak has pushed them over the .500 mark in conference play this season. Virginia Tech has been great ATS at home this season but as Miami still has a shot to win the regular season ACC title and for the fact that they showed in their recent win at Notre Dame that they can be dominant on the road, I think the Hurricanes will be able to cover this mid-range spread. Take Miami to cover.