Pennsylvania vs. Miami - 12/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pennsylvania vs. Miami - 12/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Kelly Ross-USA TODAY Sports Images

Miami Hurricanes (5-3) at Pennsylvania Quakers (6-2)

College Basketball: Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Palestra)

The Line: Pennsylvania Quakers +5 -- Over/Under: 144 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Miami Hurricanes will travel to The Palestra to take on the Pennsylvania Quakers this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.

The Miami Hurricanes lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 5-3 on the season after being defeated by the Yale Bulldogs, 77-73, this past Saturday. Miami held a 49-39 halftime lead and led by as much as 15-points in the 2nd half, however, allowed Yale to fight back for the victory after the Hurricanes were held to just 5 points over the final 10:53 of regulation. Miami shot 41.3% from the field and 23.1% from beyond the arc while allowing Yale to shoot 51.7% from the field. Leading the way for the Hurricanes was Ebuka Izundu who had 19 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 blocks.

On the season, Miami is averaging 78.5 ppg on 44.7% shooting from the field. The Hurricanes are averaging 8.5 three-pointers per game on 34.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Miami has been led by Chris Lykes (17.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.4 apg, 2.0 spg), Dejan Vasiljevic (13.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.8 apg), Zach Johnson (13.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.3 spg), and Anthony Lawrence II (13.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.6 spg, 1.1 bpg).

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Defensively, Miami is holding their opponents to an average of 66.5 ppg on 43.2% shooting from the field. The Hurricanes have a rebound margin of 0.4 and a turnover margin of 3.6.

The Pennsylvania Quakers won their 2nd straight game and improved to 6-2 on the season after defeating the Delaware State Hornets, 76-48, this past Tuesday night. Pennsylvania dominated Delaware State on the defensive end and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 41-27 halftime lead. Pennsylvania held Delaware State to 23.8% shooting from the field and outrebounded the Hornets by a 52-41 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Quakers was Bryce Washington who had 16 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 blocks.

On the season, Pennsylvania is averaging 78.4 ppg on 47.7% shooting from the field. The Quakers are averaging 10.0 three-pointers per game on 38.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Pennsylvania has been led by Devon Goodman (15.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.7 spg), AJ Brodeur (12.0 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.1 bpg), Antonio Woods (9.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.0 apg), and Michael Wang (8.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.0 apg).

Defensively, Pennsylvania is holding their opponents to an average of 66.0 ppg on 42.0% shooting from the field. The Quakers have a rebound margin of 0.4 and a turnover margin of 2.1.

The Hurricanes are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Quakers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall.

Miami is expected to take a step back this season as although it’s defense will still be tough, they lost a bunch of offensive production has really struggled on that end of the court in their last two losses. Pennsylvania brought back many of it’s pieces from a team that gave Kansas trouble in the 1st round of the NCAA Tournament and should be solid on both sides of the ball this season. Miami is going to be a tough game for Pennsylvania however, as the Quakers are at home and have a defense that could give Miami trouble, I’m taking Pennsylvania and the points.

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Brett’s Pick Pennsylvania Quakers +5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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