Miami vs. Virginia - 2/13/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Virginia Cavaliers (23-2) at Miami Hurricanes (18-6)
College Basketball: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Watsco Center)
The Line: Miami Hurricanes +5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Out at BankUnited Center on Tuesday, the Virginia Cavaliers and the Miami Hurricanes will be meeting up on the college basketball court.
Virginia comes in here at 23-2 on the year so far. The Cavaliers had a 15-game win streak broken in their last outing against Virginia Tech. In that one, Virginia guard Devon Hall put up 16 points.
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Virginia’s leading scorer this year is Kyle Guy with 15.3 PPG and 2.5 RPG to his credit. Hall is the only other Cavaliers player in double-figures with 12.5 PPG and 4.2 RPG, but Ty Jerome is close on 9.9 PPG and 3.7 APG.
Over on the Miami side, they’re sitting at 18-6 on the year. The Hurricanes had won three games in a row but fell to Boston College their last time out. In that one, Miami guard Dejan Vasiljevic put up 17 points.
Leading the charge in scoring for the Hurricanes this season is Dewan Huell with 12.3 PPG and 6.8 RPG, while Bruce Brown is second on 11.4 PPG and 7.1 RPG. Also in double-figures for Miami is Lonnie Walker (11.3 PPG).
Virginia is 4-0 ATS in their last four games following an ATS loss and 6-0 ATS in their last six road games. The Cavaliers are also 7-1-1 ATS in their last nine versus the ACC and 5-2 ATS in their last seven Tuesday games.
Meanwhile, the Hurricanes are 5-13 ATS in their last 18 following a straight-up loss and 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall. Miami is also 1-5 ATS in their last six versus the ACC and 0-4 ATS in their last four home games.
After destroying Virginia Tech on the road back in early January by 26 points, it’s a little puzzling that Virginia could turn around and lose to them at home a month later. That’s the thing about the Cavaliers, though; they don’t put up too many points and are prone to very low-scoring games—and close calls—here and there while they rely on defense to get the Ws. Miami, conversely, is more of a high-flying team that seems to do better as the scoring mounts. I think Virginia will bounce back with a better effort here but I also think the Hurricanes can hang around here and cover.