Miami vs. Virginia Tech - 3/3/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Virginia Tech Hokies (21-9) at Miami Hurricanes (21-8)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 12:00 pm (Watsco Center)
The Line: Miami Hurricanes -3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Virginia Tech Hokies and Miami Hurricanes meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Watsco Center.
The Virginia Tech Hokies look for a victory after winning five of their last seven games. The Virginia Tech Hokies are averaging 80.6 points on 50.1 percent shooting and allowing 71.9 points on 42.5 percent shooting. Justin Robinson is averaging 13.7 points and 5.5 assists while Justin Bibbs is averaging 13.2 points and 2.6 rebounds. Kerry Blackshear Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Ahmed Hill is grabbing three rebounds. The Virginia Tech Hokies are shooting 38.8 percent from beyond the arc and 70.9 percent from the free throw line. The Virginia Tech Hokies are allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33 rebounds per game. The Virginia Tech Hokies have won five of their last seven road games.
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The Miami Hurricanes need a win after splitting their last six games. The Miami Hurricanes are averaging 74.7 points on 46.7 percent shooting and allowing 67.6 points on 43 percent shooting. Dewan Huell is averaging 11.7 points and 6.7 rebounds while Lonnie Walker IV is averaging 11.6 points and 1.9 assists. Bruce Brown is the third double-digit scorer and Chris Lykes is dishing 2.2 assists. The Miami Hurricanes are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 67 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Hurricanes are allowing 32.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.9 rebounds per game. The Miami Hurricanes have won four of their last six home games.
The Hokies are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 8-3 ATS in their last 11 vs. Atlantic Coast and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Hurricanes are 7-21 ATS in their last 28 home games, 3-8 ATS in their last 11 vs. Atlantic Coast and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Hokies are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Miami-Florida, 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the underdog is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The Virginia Tech Hokies aren't the same team on the road as they are at home, as the shooting percentage dips quite a bit and they play in a lot of close games. The Miami Hurricanes already beat Virginia Tech on the road this season and are outscoring teams by 10.5 points at home due to allowing 41.8 percent shooting and 65.2 points. Miami is the more balanced team between these two and the difference should be the defensive pressure. I'll lay the bucket with the Canes.