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Miami (FL) vs. Virginia Tech - 1/30/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Virginia Tech at Miami (FL)
Date & Time Wednesday January 30, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Watsco Center
Coral Gables, FL
The Line
Virginia Tech Hokies -7 -- Over/Under: 144.5
TV Channel
ESPN2
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The Virginia Tech Hokies and the Miami Hurricanes meet in ACC college basketball action from the Watsco Center on Wednesday night.

The Virginia Tech Hokies come into this game looking to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 5 games following a 78-56 beatdown of Syracuse in their last outing. Justin Robinson led the Hokies with 35 points on 9 of 13 shooting from 3-point range along with an 8 of 10 mark from the foul line and a team-high 8 rebounds while Ahmed Hill added 16 points with 6 rebounds as the only other Virginia Tech player to score in double figures in the winning effort. Nickeil Alexander-Walker added 4 points despite shooting 0 of 6 from the field, but added 8 assists of his own while Ty Outlaw added 9 points with 3 threes, a team-high 7 rebounds and a pair of blocks. Alexander-Walker leads the Hokies in scoring with 17.5 points per game while Kerry Blackshear Jr. leads Virginia Tech in rebounding with 6.3 rebounds per game and Robinson leads the Hokies in assists with 5.6 assists per game this season. As a team, Virginia Tech is averaging 78.6 points per game while owning the 8th-best field goal percentage in D-I, shooting 49.9% from the field, in addition to the 3rd-best 3-point percentage in the country, shooting 42.4% from downtown and 75.5% from the foul line this season.

The Miami Hurricanes will be desperately looking for a win after losing 3 straight and 6 of their last 7 games following a 78-66 loss to Florida State in their last outing. Zach Johnson led the ‘Canes with 20 points on 8 of 12 shooting with 4 threes and a team-high 4 assists. Sam Waardenburg came 2nd with 13 points on a perfect 4 of 4 shooting with a pair of threes while Dejan Vasiljevic added 12 points. Anthony Lawrence II added 11 points with a team-high 7 rebounds and 4 assists to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Miami in the losing effort. Chris Lykes was held to a single point on an atrocious 0 of 12 mark from the floor, missing all 7 of his 3-point attempts, but still leads Miami with an average of 16.6 points and 3.5 assists per game while Ebuka Izundu leads the Hurricanes in rebounding with 9.1 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Miami is averaging 74.7 points per game on 45.2% shooting from the field, 35% from behind the arc and 72.1% from the foul line this season.

Virginia Tech is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 conference games. Miami is 9-24 ATS in their last 33 games overall and 16-35 ATS in their last 51 home games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 conference games. Virginia Tech is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams and 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams at Miami.

Virginia Tech has covered a lot against Miami, but a good chunk of those covers came in an underdog role and considering that the Hokies have lost 14 of the last 19 meetings between the two, the points could be worth a look. However, while the Hokies have had issues with consistency, the one thing that Miami has done a lot as of late consistently is lose, and home or away doesn’t matter, they haven’t been close as of late, with 4 of their last 6 losses coming by at least 9 points. Virginia Tech hasn’t been great on the road either, and have lost their two conference road games by a combined 43 points. However, those losses came to Virginia and North Carolina so I’m willing to give Virginia Tech the benefit of the doubt as the Hokies have done a good job beating the teams that they should beat. This isn’t a game I’d play personally with much better options on Wednesday’s card, but if forced to pick, I’d lay the points with Virginia Tech here.

Pick:
Virginia Tech -7

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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