Jacksonville Dolphins (6-2) at Miami Hurricanes (3-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 3:30 pm (Watsco Center)
The Line: Miami Hurricanes -15 -- Over/Under: 136 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Jacksonville Dolphins and the Miami Hurricanes meet in college basketball action from the Watsco Center on Saturday afternoon.
The Jacksonville Dolphins will look to improve on their 6-2 mark so far this year following a 60-58 win over South Carolina State last time out. Dontarius James led the Dolphins with 13 points on 4 of 12 shooting with a pair of threes while Trey Sides and Tyreese Davis each had 11 points with 5 rebounds. Mo Arnold added 10 points with 4 rebounds and a team-high 3 assists to round out the scoring in double figures for the Dolphins in the win. Bryce Workman also chipped in 9 points with a team-high 6 rebounds as well in the victory for Jacksonville. James leads Jacksonville in scoring with an average of 18.5 points per game while Workman leads the Dolphins in rebounding with 6.5 rebounds per game and Arnold has a team-high 2.5 assists per game this season. As a team, Jacksonville is averaging 75.1 points per game on 47.1% shooting from the field, 34.5% from 3-point range and 65.1% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 68.5 points on 42.8% shooting from the field and 31% from 3-point range this season.
The Miami Hurricanes will look to rebound from a 70-55 loss at the hands of Pitt in their last outing. Isaiah Wong led the ‘Canes with 21 points on 6 of 10 shooting with 3 threes and a pair of steals while Anthony Walker added 12 points with 10 rebounds for the double-double as the only other double-digit scorer for Miami in the loss. Wong leads Miami in scoring with an average of 17.8 points per game while Harlond Beverly leads the Hurricanes in rebounding with 7.4 rebounds per game and Chris Lykes leads Miami in assists with 5.5 assists per game this season. As a team, Miami is averaging 66.8 points on 42.3% shooting from the field, 22.2% from 3-point range and 62.2% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 61.8 points on 37.8% shooting from the field and 32.9% from 3-point range this season.
Jacksonville is 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 8-2-1 in their last 11 games following a win. Miami is 9-4 ATS in their last 13 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600 while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall.
I think you could make a case for either side, as Miami didn’t look good missing some key players but you also get the feeling that with or without them, Miami’s the better team and Jacksonville’s 6-2 record is a bit flimsy with their opposition. With that said, I’m going to back the under. Miami was a low-scoring team with or without those key players, averaging just 58.3 points in each of their last three games and in Jacksonville’s two bigger step-up spots this season, they scored 65 against Georgia and 66 against Southern Miss. I think we see another low scoring affair here, so I’ll side with the under.